Presidential Rankings

Two Years Of Donald Trump, 148 Days Of Presidency: 60 Percent Disapproval, Higher Than Any President In Public Opinion Poll History This Early!

It has been two years since Donald Trump announced he was running for President. and it has been 148 days since he was sworn in as President.

And Donald Trump reached the age of 71 on June 14, two days before the two year anniversary of his campaign beginning.

And what does he have to show for it?

He has divided America like no one else, and has only gained a Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, after the Republicans in the US Senate changed the filibuster rules to allow a nominee to be confirmed with only 51 votes.

Everything else is hot air, lies, and coverup of Russian collusion, and trying to get the intelligence agencies, Congress, and the news media to stop investigating the corruption of his Presidency and the campaign before the election. And Trump has helped to indict himself with his Twitter activity, and his teenage emotional IQ.

So therefore, it is not surprising that the latest polls show 60 percent of the American people disapprove of his record and performance, the earliest in a Presidency that such a high disapproval rating has occurred since polls began to be taken in the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The following nine Presidents never reached a 60 percent disapproval rating–Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama.

Four Presidents did reach 60 percent disapproval, but at very late dates in their Presidencies.

Truman reached 60 percent after 2129 days; Nixon after 1736 days; H W Bush after 1290 days; and W Bush after 1758 days.

So Trump is a total failure, and even 25 percent of Republicans are totally disillusioned, while his approval rating is as low as 35-36 percent.

This insures that Trump will end up at the bottom of the heap in ranking of Presidents, except by totally delusional and ignorant people, who have no clue as to what good Presidential leadership is all about.

The Positive Contributions Of The Barack Obama Presidency

So here we are on the last full day of the Barack Obama Presidency, which I have been writing about since August 2008, and just about daily since 2010.

Barack Obama has been an historic President, and will end up in the top ten of our 44 Presidents over time, if not immediately.

Barack Obama was the most pilloried President since Richard Nixon, but for no good reason, and a lot of it was based on pure racism, sorry to say, but the truth.

But Obama brought us a dignified, classy persona to the White House, as did his wife Michelle.

He gave us the biggest expansion of our health care system, and much of it will survive the Donald Trump and Republican onslaught in the end.

He gave us the concept of limited military involvement, after decades of too many interventions overseas, and ended our involvement in Iraq, and cut back dramatically on the unwinnable war in Afghanistan.

He gave us the possibility of ending the threat of Iran as a nuclear power, and opened up a new relationship with Cuba, after 55 years of ignoring reality.

He accomplished through the use of technology and drones the elimination of thousands of terrorists worldwide, and took the gamble to bring justice to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

He started moving the focus of American foreign policy to Asia and the Pacific, and kept good relations with America’s NATO allies, and kept Russia’s Vladimir Putin on edge. about how America would react toward his aggressive stands.

He made climate change worldwide a crucial focus, and participated in international agreements, and accepted science over conspiracy theories, and made us realize global warming was a danger to American national security.

He took an economy that was the worst since the Great Depression, what is called the Great Recession, and turned it around, with the greatest job growth over eight years in American history, the greatest stock market growth, and the greatest drop in the unemployment rate that has occurred in any administration.

He accomplished in health care what Presidents since Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt to Harry Truman to John F. Kennedy to Lyndon B. Johnson to Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush had been unable to do.

He brought about the revival of the American auto industry, and advanced the rights of workers to overtime pay and increased minimum wage, and the rights of consumers through the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

He advanced women’s rights, including to equal pay, and gave DREAM kids a reprieve from possible deportation, and promoted the idea of universal pre school and community college education, and worked to try to deal with the student loan crisis.

He advocated fair treatment of Muslims in America, and became the champion of gay equality in the military, gay rights in society, and gay marriage and transgender rights.

He became a great advocate of the environment, adding to our national parks and national forests and endangered sites, and continued the tradition of earlier exceptional environmental Presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton before him.

He utilized executive orders to expand the rights of the American people, and worked for legal and judicial reform, and appointed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

He cared about the weak, the powerless, and the forgotten groups in American society, and set a good moral basis in his own life and that of his family, becoming a model for young people as to how a President should conduct himself.

He avoided lashing out at those who promoted bigotry, and also showed emotion after his failed attempts at immigration reform and gun safety legislation. He had real tears, emotions, and sincerity in the Oval Office, which has hardly ever seen that, and hard to think of any earlier President quite like Obama.

He also faced the greatest number of threats of any President since Abraham Lincoln, as delineated in my Assassinations book, and demonstrated great courage and equanimity in waking up every day, knowing he was a target for hate mongers who wished him and his family ill will.

And finally, he had two terms of office without any hint of a personal, or otherwise, major scandal!

So Barack Obama was a FINE MAN, a different spelling of this author’s and blogger’s last name, and he will rise in the Presidential rankings to the top ten, and likely higher in the middle of the top ten at some point in the future, as he was truly a transformational President!

Goodbye, President and Mrs Obama, we will miss you, and wish you many decades of good health, prosperity, and happiness, as you continue to contribute to American betterment! God bless you both!

The Vindication Of Barack Obama: A 58 Percent Public Opinion Approval Rating In His Last Months In Office!

Barack Obama will go down as one of the top quarter of American Presidents, and finally, public opinion has caught up with reality.

Obama now sports a 58 percent rating, a level he had not reached since his first year in office, 2009.

Through thick and thin, crises, intransigence, and challenge, Obama has emerged as a path breaking President who has transformed America in many ways.

He has shown courage, principle, determination, and has added class and dignity to the Oval Office.

He will be much missed when he retires on January 20, 2017.

Those who are his critics, and in many cases his dire enemies, who have wished him ill and even death, will go into the dustbin of history in an unflattering way, while Obama will shine as, in the estimate of this author, as number 11 out of 43 Presidents (counting Grover Cleveland only once), and will, over time, end up in the top ten of all Presidents.

The Obama years have been historic, and will have a great impact on the future of the United States!

Death Of A President: Warren G. Harding, August 2, 1923

On this day, 92 years ago, the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco, on his way back from a tour of Alaska, and taking time away from the White House, which was besieged by scandals erupting around him, causing him to be depressed and despairing from the political pressures.

Harding had never been all that interested in running, but his wife, Florence, had ambitions for him, and Republican establishment leaders of the time saw him as someone ideal in place of the image of a crusading, reform President, as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson had been perceived.

Harding is best remembered for the scandals that erupted around him, generally known as the Teapot Dome Scandals, including the indictments of Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall; Attorney General Harry Daugherty; and Veterans Bureau administrator Charles Forbes, plus the later revelations of his love life before and during the White House years.

For those reasons, Harding is rated the worst President of the 20th century, and near the bottom of all Presidents in scholarly rankings.

Yet, Harding had appointed former President William Howard Taft to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Herbert Hoover to be Secretary of Commerce; and Charles Evans Hughes to be Secretary of State. Looking back, he had appointed a former President; a future President; and a Presidential nominee who lost to Woodrow Wilson in 1916. All three had a major impact on their institutions, and Hughes presided over the Washington Naval Conference and naval disarmament, an accomplishment that makes him one of the greatest Secretaries of State in American history.

Also, Harding had been responsible for the creation of the Bureau of the Budget, the first national agency to promote a national budget; and had given a pardon to Eugene Debs, the Socialist party leader imprisoned for his opposition to America’s involvement in the First World War. He had also spoken out against lynchings of African Americans in the South and Midwest, a growing phenomenon, which he strongly deplored.

His sudden death shocked the nation, and he was mourned as a popular President, until the scandals started to emerge.

The debate about his death from a cerebral hemorrhage has been to promote conspiracy theories about a coverup, that possibly Harding had committed suicide due to the scandals erupting around him, and the thought that his wife might have known about the sexual liaisons Harding had, and murdered him, and supposedly the Secret Service covered it up. But there is no basis for either of these rumors. It was known that he had gained weight and was having medical issues, well hidden at the time of his passing.

The fact that the casket was not open at his funeral, and that his wife burned a lot of documents in the year after his death until her own death in 1924, adds suspicions about Harding.

The irony is that Harding is most interesting in regards to the scandals erupting under him, the most since Ulysses S. Grant and the most until Richard Nixon; for his love life; and for the rumors about his death, not for anything else that occurred, including what has been mentioned above.

New Presidential Poll Of Scholars Of Political Science Changes Rankings Substantially, And Puts Barack Obama 18th!

A 2014 poll of 162 Political Science scholars, members of the American Political Science Association, is the latest rankings of our 43 Presidents, and it is eye opening.

The top four are the standard four Presidents–Lincoln, Washington, FDR, and TR, no surprises there.

But then the debate begins, with Jefferson, Truman, Ike, Clinton, Jackson, and Wilson finishing out the top ten list.

Truman slips and Jefferson moves up, and Eisenhower reaches the highest he has ever been in a poll.

Andrew Jackson makes it back to the top ten, but should he be in the top ten, considering his entire record in office?

Wilson slips further, to the bottom of the top ten, having gained more critics in recent years on his civil rights and civil liberties record, major issues for Jackson as well, but to put Jackson above Wilson is odd.

But then, Bill Clinton number eight? Really? This is easily the highest Clinton has ever been, and most observers on the outside would think that he is way overrated, by putting him n the top ten.

Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson follow, both being knocked down a peg from earlier rankings, and then, inexplicably, James Madison ends up 13th, even though his Presidency was far from great, although he was a great man!

Kennedy being rated fourteenth brings him down to a reasonable perch, after having, crazily, been listed as high as sixth in the C Span poll of 2009.

The next four are John Adams, Monroe, George H. W. Bush, and then Barack Obama. How Madison ended up above Monroe is hard to fathom. Bush Senior seems in a fair place, a bit higher than before, and John Adams seems about the right spot.

But Obama, in midstream in 18th place? Recently, he had been ranked 15th, and it seems to this blogger that he should NOT be knocked down, and might be worthy of being above Adams, Monroe and Bush Sr.

The next six, all still above 50 percent in rating are, in order, Polk, Taft, McKinley, JQ Adams, Cleveland, and Ford. It seems to many that Polk and McKinley might be rated higher, while the rest of this group seem in the proper places on the list.

Notice that Jimmy Carter is not in the top 24, which seems surprising, as one would think he would rank near the bottom of this list of 24, but his rating is, apparently, below 50 percent support, the reason he is not rated higher.

And notice neither Nixon nor Bush Jr have any real chance of making this list of 24, basically the top 60 percent of the 43 Presidents, and are unlikely to have a realistic chance of ever reaching that level!

Analyzing the “40s” Presidents As Barack Obama Celebrates His 52nd Birthday!

President Barack Obama celebrates his 52nd Birthday today, and all good wishes to our Commander in Chief!

Since this is his birthday, it brings to mind the fact that Obama is one of only nine Presidents to be inaugurated in his 40s, with Obama being the fifth youngest to be sworn in. The list of “40s” Presidents is as follows:

Theodore Roosevelt 42 years 322 days
John F. Kennedy 43 years 236 days
Bill Clinton 46 years 154 days
Ulysses S. Grant 46 years 311 days
Barack Obama 47 years 169 days
Grover Cleveland 47 years 351 days
Franklin Pierce 48 years 101 days
James A. Garfield 49 years 105 days
James K. Polk 49 years 122 days

Six of these nine Presidents were Democrats, all but Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, and James A. Garfield, who were Republicans.

All but Theodore Roosevelt became President by election, with TR succeeding William McKinley upon his assassination, so while TR is the youngest President, John F. Kennedy is the youngest elected President, although TR went on to be elected to a full term!

Five of these nine Presidents would be ranked in the top 15 of our Presidents, in the view of most scholars and experts—TR, JFK, Clinton, Obama, and Polk.

Cleveland would make a list of the top half of our Presidents, with Grant and Pierce rated much lower on their performance in the White House, and Garfield hard to rate, since he had such a brief term as President, a true loss to the nation that he died so early in his administration!

Tragedy was a factor in many of these “40s” Presidents, including:

Assassination of Garfield and Kennedy
Alcoholism of Pierce and Grant
Short retirement of Polk–103 days
Short life span of Kennedy, Garfield, Polk, TR, Grant, Pierce
Scandals under Grant and Clinton

So becoming President in one’s 40s is a mixed blessing, and one can simply ask Bill Clinton and Barack Obama how they feel about the torment and vicious attacks they have both faced, but how they have managed to overcome their critics and have outstanding records overall in the Oval Office!

Karl Rove Totally Delusional On George W. Bush’s Greatness!

Former George W. Bush “brain” Karl Rove is totally delusional, as yesterday, he declared on Fox News Channel that George W. Bush belonged with the “greats” among the Presidency, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan!

This is the same man who failed to elect most of the Republicans that he supported through his campaign organization, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars from wealthy patrons who believed he knew who to back and could win seats in Congress.

This is the same man who said on Election night that Mitt Romney was going to win, and denied the obvious Barack Obama victory when it was already happening!

Bush will make the list of Presidents as one of the FAILURES of the Presidency, in the company of James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Pierce.

Rove has conveniently forgotten Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Thomas Jefferson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy, all of whom rank better than Ronald Reagan, who might be number 11, but not in the top ten of all Presidents!

And Bill Clinton may eventually rank above Reagan as well, and Barack Obama might also make the top ten to twelve list, when he has left the Presidency, and passions have cooled down!

Further Analysis Of The Siena Research Institute Presidential Poll!

The Siena Research Institute Presidential Poll is based on 238 scholars participating.

They, as a group, rate the worst President consistently as either Andrew Johnson (in 2002 and 2010) or Warren G. Harding (1982, 1990, 1994)!

The others in the bottom five are consistently James Buchanan and Franklin Pierce, but with Ulysses S. Grant listed in this group the first three polls, Millard Fillmore in the fourth, and George W. Bush in the most recent poll!

The poll had 20 categories of assessment, and the unusual results for the top and bottom are mentioned as follows:

For Background, John Quincy Adams ranked second behind Thomas Jefferson!

For Integrity, Richard Nixon ranked last, with Warren G. Harding just ahead of him!

For Intelligence, James Madison ranked just behind Thomas Jefferson!

For Luck, Herbert Hoover ranked last, with William Henry Harrison (the one month President) just ahead of him!

For Willing To Take Risks, Herbert Hoover ranked just ahead of James Buchanan at the bottom!

For Avoiding Crucial Mistakes, Richard Nixon ranked last, just behind Andrew Johnson!

In Foreign Policy Accomplishments, James Monroe ranked second best, just behind Franklin D. Roosevelt! Meanwhile, Lyndon Johnson ranked last in this category, with George W. Bush just ahead of him!

For Handling of US Economy, Herbert Hoover was last with George W. Bush just above him!

For Party Leadership, Andrew Jackson ranked just behind Franklin D. Roosevelt at the top of the list, while John Tyler ranked just above Andrew Johnson at the bottom!

For Relationship with Congress, Lyndon Johnson was at the top, followed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, with John Tyler again just above Andrew Johnson at the bottom!

The other ten categories include: Imagination; Court Appointments; Domestic Accomplishments; Executive Appointments; Ability To Compromise; Communication Ability; Executive Ability; Leadership Ability; Overall Ability; and Present Overall View!

This new poll will cause a lot of debate and discussion, and the author welcomes contributions and commentary from his readers!

First Presidential Ratings Poll By Scholars Since Obama Presidency Began: Obama Rates 15th of 43!

Now in its 18th month, the Obama Presidency finally has made the Presidential rankings poll of accomplished scholars in History and Political Science!

The Siena Research Institute, located at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, has conducted polls five times now since 1982, each one including one more President than the previous polls.

Many conservatives will complain that the Siena polls are distorted to favor liberal, reform oriented Presidents. This has been a traditional reality in the field of History and Political Science, although there have been so called “conservative” oriented polls in recent years!

The top five Presidents have always been the same over the five polls in the past 28 years, although in somewhat different order!

Franklin D. Roosevelt has consistently been number one all five times, and in times as we are going through now, it is certainly not at all surprising, except for the fact that he surpasses Abraham Lincoln, who is traditionally number one in most polls of experts!

The next four Presidents are those on Mount Rushmore, with Lincoln being third, second, second, second, and third in the consecutive polls!

Thomas Jefferson is rated second, third, fifth, fifth, and fifth; while George Washington is rated fourth in all five polls!

Theodore Roosevelt has also gained over the years, as he moved from fifth and fifth in the first two polls, to third, third and now second behind his distant cousin!

Woodrow Wilson was a solid sixth for the first four polls, but slipped to eighth in the most recent survey!

Harry Truman was a consistent seventh in the first four polls, but fell to ninth in the last poll!

John F. Kennedy, always seemingly overrated by scholars, was eighth, tenth, and tenth, and then has fallen out of the top ten in the last two polls, to fourteenth and eleventh, respectively!

James Madison, arguably one of the greatest Founding Fathers, but usually termed as a mediocre President who could not keep us out of the War of 1812, is rated higher in the Siena polls than most other rankings, being ninth, eighth, ninth, ninth, and now sixth!

Four other Presidents made the top ten at some point in the Siena polls over the years–John Adams was tenth in 1982; Andrew Jackson was ninth in 1990; Dwight D. Eisenhower was eighth, tenth, and tenth in 1994, 2002, and 2010; and James Monroe was eighth and sixth in the 2002 and 2010 surveys!

Among Presidents since Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson ranks 14, 15, 13, 15, and 16; Richard Nixon rates 28, 25, 23, 26 and 30; Gerald Ford ends up 23, 27, 32, 28, and 28; Jimmy Carter ranks 33, 24, 25, 25 and 32; Ronald Reagan rates 16, 22, 20, 16, and 18; George H. W. Bush ranks 18, 31, 22, and 22; Bill Clinton rates 18 and 13; and George W. Bush ranks 23 and 39!

And Barack Obama reaches number 15, a great start for a President faced with crises not matched since Franklin D. Roosevelt!

To put Obama in the top third (almost, as 14.33 is one third of 43) seems to me very fair, and bodes well for his future ranking, despite many Republicans, conservatives, and Tea Party Movement people who will, of course, condemn these rankings!

Further discussion of these Presidential rankings will follow this entry!