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The CSPAN historians rankings of Presidents are more on effectiveness and less on whether that effect was in a desirable direction ... given that views on effectiveness are more likely to generate consensus than policy direction. They have:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Washington
  3. FDR
  4. Teddy Roosevelt
  5. Truman
  6. Kennedy
  7. Jefferson
  8. Eisenhower
  9. Wilson
  10. Reagan
  11. Johnson
  12. Polk
  13. Jackson
  14. Monroe
  15. Clinton
...
25. Carter

So compared to FDR, Truman and Eisenhower.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Aug 17th, 2010 at 08:17:11 PM EST
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