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
"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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