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Obama ranks 12th best leader in US presidential history

Washington, Feb 18: Barack Obama ranks as the 12th best leader in US presidential history, according to a new survey. The survey of 91 presidential historians conducted by C-SPAN placed the 44th president just below Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) and just above James Monroe (1817-1825), NBC News reported on Friday. The poll ranks each US president on various issues, including “crisis leadership”, “moral authority”, “intertiol relations” and “pursuing equal justice for all”. Obama scored particularly high on the “equal justice” scale, coming in third behind only Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969). But Obama ranked fifth from the bottom on “relations with Congress”, and got a middling 24th best score on “intertiol relations”, the survey showed

“If the Trump presidency is problematic, people may judge Obama even higher yet.” For the third time in a row, Abraham Lincoln ranked as the tion’s best presidential leader, according to the panel. George Washington, the first US President (1789-1797), came in second, and Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) rounded out the podium at third.

Others in the top ten are: Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961), Harry Truman (1945-1953), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), Rold Reagan (1981-1989) and Lyndon Johnson. George W. Bush’s dismal ranking of 36rd in the 2009 survey has improved slightly with time. He is now ranked as the tion’s 33rd best presidential leader. (IANS)

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