Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Trump regarded by historians as near the bottom of US presidents. In the new study Obama ranked near the top

Scriber’s Editor-at-Large Sherry calls our attention to a USA Today report:

Historians rank Trump near the bottom of U.S. presidents as Obama rises into the top 10. Historians ranked Donald Trump lowest of any president in 150 years, but he remains the GOP’s most influential figure and a possible 2024 candidate.

More snippets from the report:

Abraham Lincoln has been ranked at the top of the list in each of the four surveys. George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt have also been steadily among the top five. Dwight Eisenhower was ranked fifth this year and in 2017.

The lowest ranking president is James Buchanan, Lincoln’s predecessor, whose divisive tenure helped precipitate the Civil War.

Among other modern presidents, Barack Obama has risen to No. 10, compared with No. 12 in the last C-SPAN historians’ survey, in 2017. Ronald Reagan is ranked at No. 9; Bill Clinton at No. 19; George H.W. Bush at No. 21, and George W. Bush at No. 29.

Richard Nixon, the only president forced to resign the office amid scandal, is rated No. 31.

That last one is interesting. Trump (rank 41) is rated as worse than Nixon. Now that is one hell of an accomplishment.

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