Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents by Robert StraussWorst. President. Ever. flips the great presidential biography on its head, offering an enlightening and highly entertaining account of poor James Buchanans presidency to prove once and for all that, well, few leaders could have done worse.
But author Robert Strauss does much more, leading readers out of Buchanans terrible term in office meddling in the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, exacerbating the Panic of 1857, helping foment the John Brown uprisings and Bloody Kansas, virtually inviting a half-dozen states to secede from the Union as a lame duck, and on and on to explore with insight and humor his own obsession with presidents, and ultimately the entire notion of ranking our presidents. He guides us through the POTUS rating game of historians and others who have made their own Mount Rushmores or Marianas Trenches of presidential achievement, showing why Buchanan easily loses to any of the others, but also offering insights into presidential history buffs like himself, the forgotten lesser presidential sites, sex and the presidency, the presidency itself, and how and why it can often take the best measures out of even the most dedicated men.
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In political studies , surveys have been conducted in order to construct historical rankings of the success of individuals who have served as the president of the United States. Ranking systems are usually based on surveys of academic historians and political scientists or popular opinion. The rankings focus on the presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures and faults. Abraham Lincoln , Franklin D. Roosevelt , and George Washington are most often listed as the three highest-rated presidents among historians. Truman , Woodrow Wilson , Dwight D. Eisenhower , Andrew Jackson , and John F.
Getty Images. Mount Rushmore features massive foot-tall busts of celebrated presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, each chosen for their respective roles in preserving or expanding the Republic. But if you were to make a Mount Rushmore for presidents based on stock market performance, none of these men would make the cut. There really was no stock market to speak of during the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln administrations, and Teddy Roosevelt ranks as one of the worst-performing presidents of the past years — at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. The following is a ranking of every president since Benjamin Harrison who, sneak preview, did not do very well by stock market performance, in order from worst to best.
Throughout its history, the United States has had some memorable Heads of State. Some have been largely perceived as great, and others as terrible, though there is always a debate regarding the respective merits and faults of each and every one of them. By looking at a number of historical polls and surveys on public and expert perceptions of the best and worst U. Presidents, we have compiled a list using the weighted means of their compiled rankings. Ranking systems are usually based on surveys of academic historians and political scientists. The rankings focus on presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures, and faults. Herbert Hoover served as the 31st President of the United States during the Great Depression, serving between to
Presidents finds that experts rank Franklin D. The participating presidential scholars for the first time name Washington as number one with FDR second, Lincoln third, Teddy Roosevelt fourth and Jefferson fifth. Dwight Eisenhower moved up to sixth, the highest ranking he has ever achieved, while Ronald Reagan was up five spots to 13th, and George W. Bush was up six places but remains in 33rd place. Barack Obama slipped two spots to 17th, Bill Clinton dropped to 15th from 13th, and Andrew Jackson fell five places to 19th. And JFK has rejoined the top ten after two misses while Woodrow Wilson has dropped from eighth to 11th. Bush, as scholars begin to observe their accomplishments, assess their abilities and study their attributes.