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That’s the verdict of 238 of the nation’s leading presidential scholars, who – for a fifth time – rated Franklin Delano Roosevelt the best president ever in the latest Siena College Research Institute poll.
In office for barely two years, Obama entered the survey in the 15th position – two spots behind Bill Clinton and three spots ahead of Ronald Reagan.
Obama got high marks for intelligence, ability to communicate and imagination, but his score was dragged down by his relative lack of experience and family background.
“Most of the presidents came from elite backgrounds, and he certainly did not,” said professor Douglas Lonnstrom, who crunched the numbers. “He grew up without a father.”
By contrast, Bush’s dad was our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, who came in 22nd in the poll.
And yet, the scholars rated Dubya a dud as a president, ranking him in the bottom five at 39th place.
It makes a certain sick sense. If you think the Socialist FDR was the best ever then Socialist Obama might look good.