Because Everybody Is Entitled To My Opinion

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Historians Rank George W. Bush Among Worst Presidents

Wow. Roughly 32 days into the Obama era and "historians" have labeled Bush one of the worse 10 Presidents of all time.
The worst presidents, according to the survey, were James Buchanan at 42, Andrew Johnson at 41, Franklin Pierce, William Henry Harrison, Warren Harding, Millard Fillmore, George W. Bush, John Tyler, Herbert Hoover, and Rutherford B. Hayes.

How can that be? I mean they ranked him lower than nut case farmer Jimmy Carter. That fact alone tells me there is political agenda behind the ranking more than an objective look at the presidencies of 42 men.
"How we rank our presidents is, to a large extent, influenced by our own times," Medford said in a news release. "Today's concerns shape our views of the past, be it in the area of foreign policy, managing the economy, or human rights. . . . Lincoln continues to rank at the top in all categories because he is perceived to embody the nation's core values: integrity, moderation, persistence in the pursuit of honorable goals, respect for human rights, compassion; those who collect near the bottom are perceived as having failed to uphold those values."

So if these scholarly historians perceive Bush to be a bad president in the context of today's concerns, they feel justified in putting him in the bottom 10.

U.S. News and World Report mentions another list of 13 Worst Presidents. GWB didn't make it but Nixon did (tied at 9th with Hoover)and Carter was #11. The bold names above made both lists.

Regardless of the current list I think George W. Bush was a good president. I certainly don't think he was one of the 10 or even 20 worst. Time will adjust his position, like it has for Ronald Reagan who has just now cracked the "Top 10 Best Presidents" of these same liberal historians. It takes time for them to figure out what exactly a good president is.

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Anonymous said...

Kevin, do you ever cite sources? You whipped into COMICS I DON'T UNDERSTAND to assert that this past Monday was Washington's Birthday. Evidence?

You cite "historians" here? From where?

It's not intelligent, thoughtful writing w/out respecting your audience enough to tell them where you get your information.



Anonymous said...

It is really a shame that George Bush is getting blamed for so many things that he did not control, nor did the republicans. I am a democrat and feel very bad for what he went through especially 9/11. OK Iraq was a mistake, but so was having bad intel, and also bad having queen pelosi in her position. we are in trouble due to the clinton years by forcing so many people to get mortgages from fannie & fred, that they could not afford. i am very scard of what we have now, obama has not a clue on how to fix anything. his economic guy does not pay taxes, oh please, i pray that obama improves very soon, or i may have to move to another country, and I know that in the US there are many like me thinking the same. God Bless us all.... McCain, where are you?

Dane Bramage said...

Hi Matthew and thanks for commenting. I will be back at CIDU with the link. I just assumed everyone knew that because most calenders still list it as Washington's Birthday. I blogged about it a couple years ago in my "President's Day" rant.

As for the "historians" all of them are named. You just have to look for them. The post title is a hyper link to the actual news story at USN&WR. I didn't feel the need to repeat their names.

Eve said...

Again, I simply have to agree with you. I think it's too bad Andrew Johnson is judged such a poor president. As a southerner post-Civil War he never stood a chance against a Congress determined to punish the South.

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