When “presidential politics experts” ranked all presidents, past and current, the headlines typically focused on Trump’s position at the bottom of the list. After one year—a year with a booming economy, increased business and consumer confidence, and significant gains on the foreign policy front—they have concluded that Trump is the worst president of all time. There’s no chance of any partisan bias there, right?
Trump’s record is certainly up for debate, but even famed liberal pollster Nate Silver wrote off the rankings as partisan garbage in a tweet. “It speaks poorly to the field of presidential scholarship that political scientists have Trump ranked as the worst president of all time **after only one year on the job**, below presidents who e.g. helped blunder us into the Civil War & Great Depression.” Trump has, so far, presided over the most optimistic year for Americans in the last decade. His tax cuts were initially highly unpopular, but those poll numbers shifted as soon as the paychecks came. His foreign policy victories are numerous, including the defeat of ISIS, the end of the era of appeasement of North Korea, and the hardening of diplomatic relations with Iran after its repeated abuses of former President Barack Obama’s good will. His only crimes were being rude on Twitter and defeating Hillary Clinton.
But, what is more disturbing than their confident lambasting of Trump after only one year is their placement of Barack Obama after eight long years of a miserable, divided America filled with stagnation, corruption, and terrorist attacks. They placed him tenth on the list. This ranking is not isolated either. A 2017 C-SPAN survey of presidential historians put Obama in 12th place. The desire to inflate Obama’s historical standing is widespread.
Were these experts blissfully unaware of Obama’s failings and scandals? Perhaps some of these so-called scholars might have been ignorant—the media did its best to\ conceal the dirty details of Obama’s fatally unethical and ruthlessly unconstitutional administration—but, that’s no excuse. An expert is supposed to be an authority on a particular subject, and not at the mercy of biased media reporting or their own political leanings. They’re supposed to do research, read from primary sources on all sides of any argument, and come to objective conclusions.
But, to demonstrate…