Survey of historians: Obama the 15th greatest president of all time

posted at 8:28 pm on July 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

A solid B+?

In office for barely two years, Obama entered the survey in the 15th position – two spots behind Bill Clinton and three spots ahead of Ronald Reagan.

Obama got high marks for intelligence, ability to communicate and imagination, but his score was dragged down by his relative lack of experience and family background…

[T]he scholars rated Dubya a dud as a president, ranking him in the bottom five at 39th place…

Bush got docked for saddling Obama with two bloody wars and a recession, and he got low marks for “ability to compromise, foreign policy
accomplishments and intelligence,” according to the survey.

Only Warren G. Harding, who was 41st on the list, scored lower in the intelligence category.

Full results in PDF form here. The One came eighth overall in intelligence, right ahead of Billy Jeff, and sixth overall in the category of, ummm, “imagination.” Reagan finished fifth overall in terms of communication abilities (two spots ahead of Obama) and third in “luck,” which I can only take to be a thinly veiled judgment that the demise of the U.S.S.R. after he left office is more coincidence than cause and effect. He also gets the “amiable dunce” treatment, placing 36 out of 43 in intelligence. But don’t take it to heart. This is obviously a poll of lefty academics, with only one Republican from the 20th century (Eisenhower) appearing in the top 15. How ridiculous is it? Number one in the category of “handling the economy” is … FDR. Somewhere, Amity Shlaes is smiling.

Oh, almost forgot: The requisite sanctification of JFK is in full force here too. He placed 11th in intelligence, just above George Washington(!) and 18 slots ahead of Ulysses S. Grant, who was not only brilliant on the battlefield but who churned out one of the great memoirs in American history (highly praised by Mark Twain, among many others) while he was dying of cancer. But hey — JFK looked great on camera, so there you go.


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They all really live in an alternate universe than the majority of us.

carbon_footprint on July 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Know who Obama calls to mind most of all? The Cat in the Hat.

And that’s not just because of the striking physical resemblance, but, my God, look at the storyline and notice all the astonishing similarities.

Here’s the synopsis from Wikipedia: “…the Cat (Obama) brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos (Cloward-Piven) to a household (America)…one rainy day (market crash of ‘08) while their mother leaves them unattended. The Cat (Obama) performs all sorts of wacky tricks (healthcare, Gulf oil spills, Sotomayor/Kagan etc)…to amuse the children, with mixed results (big drop in poll numbers). Then, the Cat gets a box from outside. Inside the box are two creatures named Thing One (Pelosi) and Thing Two (Reid), who begin to fly kites in the house (and Senate). The Cat’s antics are vainly opposed by the family pet, a sapient and articulate fish (Sarah Palin). The children…ultimately prove exemplary latchkey children (wards of the state who come to their senses and reject liberalism), capturing the Things with a net and bringing the Cat under control (this coming November).”

So prove to me where I’m wrong.

FlameWarrior on July 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Reagan was about this stupid.

Beagle on July 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM

No self-respecting historian would do this. It takes decades of retrospective to judge a presidency.

fleiter on July 2, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Survey of Americans:

Academic Historians 25th, behind used car salesmen, personal injury lawyers and crack whores.

morganfrost on July 2, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Is today April 1st?

SC.Charlie on July 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Hey look: scholars!

Mr. Joe on July 2, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I would say with conviction that Obama is the Worst President Ever (W.P.E.), but what do I know?

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Any survey that ranks FDR ahead of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln is worthless, aside for the ridiculous ranking of Barack Obama.

50 years from now, Obama is going to be a footnote in the history books, a puzzling cipher in comparison to the next President who will have to clean up the fiscal and international messes Obama made. Jimmy Carter Part Deux.

rockmom on July 2, 2010 at 11:21 AM

2013: Survey of Americans: Obama Worst president of all time, Carter stated “I never thought I’d see the day”.

jeffn21 on July 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Survey of Americans:

Academic Historians 25th, behind used car salesmen, personal injury lawyers and crack whores.

How dare you insult crack whores by comparing them to academic historians!

olesparkie on July 2, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Well, I guess it’s safe to say in two years, Obama will be rated the greatest president ever.

xblade on July 2, 2010 at 11:38 AM

They all really live in an alternate universe than the majority of us.

carbon_footprint on July 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

It’s troubling to see how little meaning a Phd has now.

These “historians” are lunatics.

Liberalism is the common thread. It is a disease like cancer in our civilization. Real historians will point that out generations from now.

scotash on July 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Ahhhhh. Another attempt by the so called “intellectual left” to prop up their boy as the “Most Intelligent President Ever!”

Really? Let’s see some grades first. Or something that he wrote. Perhaps a law review article or something.

Oh. Never mind.

BigAlSouth on July 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Know who Obama calls to mind most of all? The Cat in the Hat.

So prove to me where I’m wrong.

FlameWarrior on July 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Freaking brilliant analysis!

Solid B+ A+ for you!

UltimateBob on July 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM

from politico:

Pollitico
POTUS poll
On a list of the best U.S. presidents in history, where does President Barack Obama rank?
1st through 10th.
16%
11th through 20th.
7%
21st through 30th.
2%
31st through 40th.
4%
Below 40.
46%
Whoa, way too early to be ranking him.
21%
Results are based on 520 votes

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39329.html#ixzz0sXlATtFz

cmsinaz on July 2, 2010 at 12:35 PM

This removes all doubt that liberalism is a mental disorder and academia is the place where it spawns.

volsense on July 2, 2010 at 1:10 PM

UPDATE!!!!UPDATE!!!UPDATE!!!

Obama has been moved up to #14 when the historians realized their #10, “Tickle Me Elmo” wasn’t ever president. More on this later.

dirtseller on July 2, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Survey of historians: Obama the 15th greatest president of all time

Considering the judges, that is a terrible score. Just being a current Democrat President should put him in the top ten in their eyes.

RJL on July 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

He is a bit unique. He recieved a Nobel prize for what he may do in the future but nothing he had done otherwise to earn it. He was conditioned in socialism since a young child by the best mentor the communist had, He is a narcissist with the skills to take advantage of that self severing mental condition or psychosis. He has become well known for not being able to make decisions or handle situations. He has alienated our allies and courted out enemies.Thanks to the Nation of Islam training he can read a great speech, but without a telepromter he is a floundering embarassment.

I don’t know; I don’t have one of those Piled High and Deep degress, but I have a degree in History and have taught world history, US history, government and economics, so may I can qualify as a historian.

My guess is they considered his unearned Noble prize, his progresive/socialist policies, and his narcissist personality to determine that he might raise to historical stature.

I think it is a safe bet they are socialist historians, which abound in our universities, and perhaps they have Googled Obama with Narcissist. The later shows a good anaylsis of Obama’s narcissisum and other world leaders who shared his traits. Amoung them are the worst and most dangerous dictators the world has known, all of which became infamous leaders of socialism and communism. They would also be aware that Obama has been mentored since a child in socialism and communism by the best the communist Moscow appointed communist the Communist Party USA had. Guess that is all that counts.

Franklyn on July 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM

……………hahahahahahhahhahahaha…………

CWforFreedom on July 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Have nuterboy ponder where the klans are in the south. Michigan,Californika, Penna all in the deep south.
Alabama
ORION (Our Race Is Our Nation) Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Once a large and active group, the ORION Knights have mostly disappeared, with a remnant in Alabama.

White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Alabama Klan group.

Arkansas
Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – An active regional Klan group, with a presence primarily in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Once a larger group, the Keystone Knights are much smaller today, with active members in Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – An Arkansas-based Klan group with chapters in around seven states.

Ku Klux Klan, LLC – A small Arkansas Klan group.

Southern Arkansas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Klan group based in Smackover.

California
Kalifornia Knightsof the Ku Klux Klan – A small California Klan group.

White Legion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- A small southern California Klan group.

Florida
Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A growing Klan group based in Florida, claiming chapters in some 18 states, mostly in the South, the Northeast, and the West Coast.

National Aryan Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Klan group with chapters in Florida and Louisiana.

United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Florida Klan group.

Georgia
American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Klan group with chapters in Georgia and Texas.

Georgia Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan – A Georgia-based Klan group.

North Georgia White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A Georgia-based Klan group.

Indiana
American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Possibly the most active Klan group in the 1990s, the American Knights are now nearly dead, with only a few members in Indiana.

Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Headquartered near South Bend, Indiana. It claims chapters in around 20 different states, in all parts of the country.

United Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Indiana Klan group.

Iowa
Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- A small Iowa Klan group.

Kentucky
Imperial Klans of America – A prominent Klan group based in Kentucky with chapters in eight states.

White Mountain Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Kentucky Klan group.

Louisiana
Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – An active regional Klan group, with a presence primarily in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Louisiana White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A Louisiana Klan group.

National Aryan Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Klan group with chapters in Florida and Louisiana.

Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- A small Louisiana Klan group.

Michigan
United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A Klan group with chapters in nine states, mostly in the Midwest. It is based in Michigan.

Mississippi
Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- A Klan group with a number of chapters in Mississippi.

New Jersey
Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small New Jersey Klan group headquartered in Millville.

North Carolina
Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small North Carolina Klan group.

Ohio
Brotherhood of Klans – One of the larger and more active Klan groups in 2006, headquartered in Tennessee until the late 2006 death of its leader. It appears its new headquarters will be in Marion, Ohio. It claims chapters in some 15 states, from all around the country.

Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – An Ohio-based Klan group that claims to be active in eight states, mostly in the Midwest, although it lost much of its membership to the United Northern & Southern Knights.

Oklahoma
Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – An active regional Klan group, with a presence primarily in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Pennsylvania
International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- Once a larger group, the Keystone Knights are much smaller today, with active members in Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

South Carolina
International Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small South Carolina Klan group.

Tennessee
Great Tennessee Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Tennessee Klan group.

Knights of Bedford Forest – A small Tennessee Klan group.

Knights of the Golden Circle – A small Tennessee Klan group.

Knights of Yahweh – A small Klan group based in Dandridge, Tennessee.

Texas
American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Klan group with chapters in Georgia and Texas.

Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – An active regional Klan group, with a presence primarily in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- A Texas Klan group based in Cleveland, Texas.

Virginia
Victory Knights of the Ku Klux Klan- A small Virginia Klan group.

Virginia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – A small Virginia Klan group.

West Virginia
Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan – A small West Virginia Klan group.

Col.John Wm. Reed on July 2, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Obama is inarguably among the 3 or 4 worst presidents. Anyone who has a high school degree who says otherwise is lying and is a criminal.

proconstitution on July 2, 2010 at 8:57 PM

RE:Cat in the Hat…

In the Story, The cat helps clean up the mess that he caused.
The rest sounds good though…

NTxOkie on July 3, 2010 at 6:46 AM

Of course these “Historians” are writing about the history of Zimbabwe.

Wills on July 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM

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