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Presidential greatness

In the opinion section of the New York Times, you’ll find an article that cites a recent survey that ranks all of the presidents of the United States for “greatness” (WT, Fox).  If there’s anything that the current president would like to be remembered for, I think this would likely be it.  But, how much of a break could he expect to get from the ‘fake news’ New York Times?  Probably not much.  But, more importantly, who did the survey survey?  As it happens, the survey respondents were, according to the report, “current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, which is the foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics.”  Sounds like an august bunch.  According to them, they are “the premier association of scholars devoted to the study of the presidency and executives.”  So, there may be some rounding errors and differences of opinion involved, but, even accounting for differences in ideology, they do seem to form a general consensus as to where the current president falls in the whole presidential greatness spectrum.  They seem to agree that he is not at the top of the list.


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