Loudonville, NY – For the fifth time since its inception in 1982, the Siena College Research Institute’s(SRI) Survey of U.S. Presidents finds that experts rank Franklin D. Roosevelt as the top all time chiefexecutive. The 238 participating presidential scholars round out the top five in order with Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Teddy Roosevelt had, more than any other president the “right stuff”, and tops the collective ranking of a cluster of personal qualitiesincluding imagination, integrity, intelligence, luck, background, and being willing to take risks. Lincoln, according to the experts, demonstrated the greatest presidential abilities while FDR ranks first in overall accomplishments.
The current president, Barack Obama, while highly rated on imagination (6th), communication ability (7th) and intelligence (8th) scores poorly on background (family, education and experience) and enters the survey in the 15th position.
George W. Bush, had entered the survey at 23rd when the study was last conducted one year into his first term. Today, just one year after leaving office, the former president has found himself in the bottom five at 39th rated especially poorly in handling the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments and intelligence.
FoxNews is going nuts over ‘their’ president’s 39th ranking, but then, what can you expect out of that fair and balanced set of morons. It burns their butt that Obama ranks 15 ahead of their other, perennial favorite, Ronald Reagan. Of course, the poll did not ask political shills, pundits and right-wing partisans but rather 238 presidential scholars.
What would presidential scholars know, eh? Good thing they didn’t ask the American electorate to rank U.S. Presidents. In another poll conducted this week, only 75% of Americans polled knew that we received our independence from England. The other quarter either had no idea or named another nation. No doubt, this 25% helped re-elect #39.