This post originates from an email from B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriotWest) to Bruce (GayPatriot):
That’s the verdict of 238 of the nation’s leading presidential scholars, who – for a fifth time – rated Franklin Delano Roosevelt the best president ever in the latest Siena College Research Institute poll.
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.
Clinton took office during a recovery and succeeded in bungling his first two years in office so badly that the Republican Congress elected in response to his failures helped prevent him from undoing the accomplishments of the Reagan era.
Yeah, he may rank higher than you or I would like, but not above Reagan and certainly not far above the middle of the pack.
Seems these historians put their political prejudices ahead of their historical judgment. I mean, Obama ahead of the Gipper. Give me a break. The economy has certainly not recovered. And we haven’t seen the economic turnaround of the like we saw in the 1980s.
And that W is low on the list suggests the scholars crafting the study harbor the animi (animuses?) of the other practitioners of their trade.
Bruce’s additional comments:
And check out this absurd statement from the news article:
“Most of the presidents came from elite backgrounds, and he certainly did not,” said professor Douglas Lonnstrom, who crunched the numbers. “He grew up without a father.”
Oh give me a friggin’ break. Obama is probably the most elitist president (via education & upbringing) since the John F. Kennedy. This idea that he had no father makes him “non-elitist” is completely absurd. How many ordinary Americans do you know that grew up in three different countries, went to the best private schools there and then went on to Harvard? I credit his work ethic getting there, but I know ordinary people and Obama ain’t one of ’em.
Is Professor Lonnstrom suggesting that because Obama is BLACK that he’s no elitist? Well, that’s just downright RAAAACIST!