And the winner is …

by Debra Kozikowski

What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than by soaking in a history lesson from America’s most knowledgable presidential scholars? Every eight years, Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., asks scholars to rank the best and worst presidents in American history. Since the first published rankings back in 1982, Franklin D. Roosevelt has held the number one spot. And that hasn’t changed this year.

But Abraham Lincoln’s twenty year hold on the number two spot has been toppled by the other Roosevelt.  According to this year’s survey report, Teddy Roosevelt has moved up to the second best president in history.

“Teddy Roosevelt had, more than any other president the ‘right stuff’, and tops the collective ranking of a cluster of personal qualities, including imagination, integrity, intelligence, luck, background, and being willing to take risks,” according to the poll’s authors. “Lincoln, according to the experts, demonstrated the greatest presidential abilities while FDR ranks first in overall accomplishments.”

Presidents are ranked according to personal attributes such as imagination, integrity, intelligence, luck and willingness to take risks as well as ability to compromise, lead, communicate and accomplishments in economics, domestic and foreign affairs, choosing a staff, working with Congress and appointing Supreme Court justices. 

Our current president, Barack Obama, entered the survey for the first time, making his debut in the 15th position. Not bad for a rookie, eh?

Happy Birthday, America!

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One Response to “And the winner is …”

  1. Being an American is something I am proud of, even in tough times we are a resilient, creative bunch. I look forward to our elected leaders finding a path to restoring our economy and our faith in the American Dream. That is why FDR comes out on top. He restored our dreams to possibilities by taking care of people when they needed it.

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