C-SPAN released a survey of historians who ranked the performance of past presidents.
They took into consideration qualities including crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, and relations with Congress.
But many were raising eyebrows when they saw where President Obama landed on the list.
President Obama ranked 12th overall — ahead of Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, and just behind Woodrow Wilson.
Even more surprising is President Obama ranked 8th in “Economic Management” despite the fact that Obamacare has ravaged the economy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force participation rate — a key indicator of economic health — dropped at a faster rate than during any presidency since they began keeping track of it.
But one historian didn’t think his ranking was high enough.
Edna Greene Medford, a Howard University professor, told Politico:
“Although 12th is a respectable overall ranking, one would have thought that former President Obama’s favorable rating when he left office would have translated into a higher ranking in this presidential survey.”
But one indicator put Obama near the bottom.
President Obama ranked 39th in “Relations with Congress.”
This just goes to show that partisanship has skyrocketed over the past eight years.
You can see the full survey here.
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