The LuLac Edition #729 Feb. 16th, 2009
Every President's Day, historians rank the top Presidents in terms of effectiveness and historical impact. This year Lincoln was ranked first followed by Washington, FDR, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt rounding out the top 5. Dwight Eisenhower was ranked 6th, followed by Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, James K. Polk (one of my favorites) and Woodrow Wilson. The Eisenhower ranking is a bit surprising because for years Ike was regarded as a caretaker President who appeared detached from his administration. Ike was ranked in the low 20s just a few years ago. John Kennedy dropped from the top 10 landing at number 11. More shocking was the number 12 pick, Lyndon Johnson who in the rear view mirror of history is being judged in a kinder fashion for his role in the passage of Civil Rights legislation. Recent Presidents did not fare too well with George Herbert Walker Bush charting at number 20, Bill Clinton at number 23, Gerald Ford at number 25 and George W. Bush at number 37.