Reassessing Presidents On Presidents Day

Here we are again, Presidents Day, and time for reflection on Presidential leadership, and there will be much disagreement, but it seems clear certain Presidents will move up in image, while others will move down in the ratings. Except for Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, all of the below are 20th century Presidents, undergoing the greatest change in ratings. In each category, listing is chronological.

Who remains high in ratings?

George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
Bill Clinton

Who is moving up in ratings, if one is honest?

William Howard Taft
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford
George H. W. Bush

Who is moving down in ratings?

Woodrow Wilson
John F. Kennedy
Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan
George W. Bush

Whose rating does not really matter, as insignificant, historically?

Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover

And finally, what about Barack Obama? What rating would this controversial occupant of the White House gain, in the mind of this blogger and author?

B to B PLUS—very solid in social policy, solid in foreign policy, more difficulty in economic policy! Of course, on economic policy, the Congressional Republicans have caused a lot of the problem!

Where should he be put in the ratings? With three years to go, Obama is certainly in the top 15 of 43 Presidents, and this author would put him closer to 12-13 in the ratings, but subject to change. And one must realize to ignore the Right Wing whackos, as their judgment will have no long range effect, any more than they had with FDR or Lincoln, both bitterly criticized in their tenure in office!

I welcome comment and debate on this listing!

6 comments on “Reassessing Presidents On Presidents Day

  1. Engineer Of Knowledge February 17, 2014 5:35 pm

    I’m kinda favoring Harry Truman at this time. He had the McCarthy Republicans to deal with and as a result, had very low ratings during his tenure only to come out of it as one of our better Presidents.

    He even had News Papers declaring him losing his Presidential Election….(much like the accuracy Fox News has today)

    I think history will repeat itself. Here is a prediction, “Know Nothing Davy’s” son will be carrying currency with President Obama’s image in it.

  2. Ronald February 17, 2014 7:00 pm

    Yes, Engineer, Truman was outstanding, and when you have some time, you might click on the right for my Harry Truman lecture for Florida Atlantic University Lifelong Learning Jupiter campus in December. And the thought of Obama on currency is a great idea, and I had to laugh about Dave’s son, hopefully not poisoned by his dad! HAHAHA!

  3. Mark February 17, 2014 7:41 pm

    Lincoln was the worst.

  4. Ronald February 17, 2014 7:48 pm

    Mark, you are proving just how ignorant you really are, as NO ONE, except Southern Confederate sympathizers who have not gotten over the Civil War, and also hate Barack Obama, would ever rate Lincoln anywhere but NUMBER ONE of all time! You are totally ridiculous and lose ALL credibility in stating this! Unbelievable!

  5. Engineer Of Knowledge February 17, 2014 8:36 pm

    Professor…I think Mark is yanking your chain. Hey Mark….I like stomping puppy and kittens with my hobnailed boots. Great weekend fun for the whole family.

  6. Ronald February 17, 2014 8:48 pm

    HAHA! Engineer, you are a riot! HAHAHA LOL 🙂

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