A recent poll of historians found former President Barack Obama is considered the 12th-best president.
That’s higher than President Bill Clinton, who came in at 15th in the C-SPAN poll, and much higher than President George W. Bush, who came in at 33.
Historian Edna Greene Medford thought Obama would come in higher.
“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,” she said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I am especially surprised that he was ranked at 7th in moral authority (despite heading a scandal-free administration); 19th in administrative skills; and 8th in economic management (despite having helped to save the auto industry and significantly reducing unemployment). But, of course, historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and only time will reveal his legacy,” she added.
But historian Douglas Brinkley said Obama’s rating puts him near some of the most-loved presidents of all time, which isn’t bad for a president who just left office.
“Once again the Big Three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR — as it should be,” Brinkley said. “That Obama came in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive.”
George W. Bush, who started the Iraq War and presided over one of America’s worst recessions, came in at 33, which is an improvement from his 2009 ranking of 36th place.
“And the survey is surprisingly good news for George W. Bush, who shot up a few notches,” Brinkley said.