Barack Obama has been whisked to a very good table at the club of former presidents, according to a C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians published on Friday. Obama’s 12th-place ranking only a month after leaving office is the best for any president since Ronald Reagan, who ranks ninth in the new survey. The list updates previous C-SPAN surveys compiled in 2009 and 2000.
Historians gave Obama high marks for pursuing equality, managing the economy, public persuasion and “moral authority.” On the other hand, he was judged to have been below-average in handling international relations. Overall, he placed ahead of such generally well-regarded chief executives as James Monroe and James Polk.
I would imagine he will only go up from here, but 12th is not a bad place to start.
Side note: George Bush moved up 3 spots from 36 to 33!
Poppa Bush dropped 2 from 18 to 20.
Edited by naive, 17 February 2017 - 01:07 PM.