For The 3rd Year In A Row This Is The Top President In US History

Some 100 historians and biographers got together to rate the 43 former presidents of the U.S. and compiled a top 20 list. C-SPAN released the third Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership, and there was a new president on the list.

The list ranks presidents in order based on 10 qualities: Public persuasion, crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, international relations, administrative skills, relations with congress, vision, pursued equal justice for all, and performance within the context of his terms. President Obama, having completed his second term, was included in this year's rankings.

The 43 presidents were ranked in each category (Obama is the 44th president because Grover Cleveland is counted twice as the 22nd and the 24th, because he lost the election for a second term but then ran again in four years and won). Each category was given equal weight, and then the presidents were ordered by their scores.

Some historians were surprised at Mr. Obama's ranking. The most recent former president came in 12th on the list. He did better than some expected, and not as well as others. "But, of course, historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and only time will reveal his legacy," said Edna Greene of Medford of Howard University.

Some recent presidents on the top 20 list who Obama beat out include George H.W. Bush (20) and Bill Clinton (15).

Cracking the top 10, counting backward to the top of the list, were Lyndon Baines Johnson, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Washington and, topping them all, Abraham Lincoln.

Where did President Donald Trump fall on the list? He didn't-- the list is only for former, not current, presidents. After the 45th president has served a full term (or two), he’ll be ranked among his predecessors. Amidst such political upheaval, it’ll be interesting to see where he stands. Considering the panel seems to traditionally lean liberal, it might not be very high.

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