RECARVING RUSHMORE Ranks Obama as the 8th Worst U.S. President - Justly Slightly Better than John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush
Barack Obama ranks 34th out of 41 U.S. Presidents in terms of his contributions to peace, prosperity, and liberty--just slightly better than Ronald Reagan but slightly worse than George H.W. Bush. So claims Ivan Eland, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute who is challenging the tendency for historians and pundits to rate the presidents by focusing on secondary qualities, such as their communication skills, leadership style, and responses to crises their policies may have helped cause.
- Why, of the four men given exalted representations on Mount Rushmore, only Washington deserves the honor.
- Why Teddy Roosevelt has been overrated.
- Why Jefferson hypocritically violated his lofty rhetoric of liberty; and
- Why Lincoln provoked a civil war that achieved far less than believed.