Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Most and least successful presidents

President Richard M. Nixon

Not counting the incumbent there have been 11 presidents in my lifetime. Seven of them won reelection. One never was elected president in the first place. There have been five Democrats and six Republicans.

For fun I’ve ranked them in order of how successful they were. While my own views on politics can’t be taken out of the process of comparing them, I’ve tried to look mostly at their successes and failures -- both in their time and as they are viewed now. Here they are, best to worst:

1. Eisenhower (1953-61)
2. Clinton (1993-2001)
3. Johnson (1963-69)
4. Reagan (1981-89)
5. Truman (1945-53)
6. Kennedy (1961-63)
7. Bush I (1989-93)
8. Ford (1974-77)
9. Nixon (1969-74)
10. Carter (1977-81)
11. Bush II (2001-09)

-- Illustration by F.T. Rea

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