Skip to comments.Newsweek: Obama In Top 10 of Presidents Since Teddy Roosevelt
Posted on 09/28/2012 8:11:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Obama at No.10 really?
Despite having failed to stop let alone reverse the rising of the seas, Barack Obama has made Newsweeks newest ten best presidents list, which gives readers a top ten of the chief executives since 1900. Newsweek, whose list unsurprisingly is dominated by liberal Democrats, gave this justification for selecting Obama in a caption in a photo slide:
"Picking a sitting president in a tally of the best is tricky history hasnt had time to put things in a more sober context. But the historic election of Americas first black president cannot be ignored. That a man whose ancestors included a slave could become the leader of a nation founded to some extent in slavery is as much an achievement for the country as it is a marker for Obama himself. Whether Obama stays or goes, his standing, as a fundamentally groundbreaking president will remain."
So, Obama deserves to be on the list simply because hes black?! Has affirmative action percolated into historical analysis? After all, such an honorable mention needs a more sober context with the passage of time to make an accurate and honest assessment. Historians often talk about what could have been if a former head of state had lived. You see this a lot with JFK, who is also on the list, and his 1000 daylong administration.
Of course, JFK steered the world away from nuclear disaster in October of 1962, proposed an across the board tax cut, and pushed our scientific community to engineer a mission to the moon. By contrast, Barack Obamas increased the national debt by $5 trillion, kept unemployment above 8 percent for over 40 consecutive months, and presided over the demise of the U.S. space shuttle program.
Newsweek staffers are making the rounds to promote the list. Contributing editor Sir Harold Evans hes also the husband for Newsweeks editor Tina Brown appeared on yesterdays Jansing & Co. program on MSNBC, where he said that the historians who formulated the list were looking for active and effective presidents who enhanced the ideal of what it is to be American.
Not surprisingly, government-increasing liberal Democrats like FDR and LBJ, as well as slightly more moderate big government Democrats like Truman and Clinton dominate the list.
Asked about why the list is predominantly Democratic in nature, Evans insisted that the Republicans in the 20th century were by and large uninspiring if not corrupt. In the process, he trashed free-market conservative Calvin Coolidge who presided over an economic boom, low unemployment, and the reduction of the national debt as unimaginative.
If by lacking imagination, Evans means a mind that dreamed up new bureaucracies and larger federal government, hes correct. But the results speak for themselves, even if they dont excite historians.
Originally posted on Newsbusters.
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Sidebar: Chicago Cubs listed as BEST TEAM EVER!!!
Jesus Christ. I literally face-palmed when I read this. How in hell....never mind.
There have been, unless I’m horribly wrong, eighteen presidents since Teddy. So if Barry’s ten out of eighteen, that puts him on the lower side of the middle.
......is only at #10??1?!/!?!?!?!?!?!
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Hey, at least they’re being honest about their racism.
The average American is so uninformed that he couldn’t name ten presidents from scratch; so naturally Obama would be on the list, maybe higher than 10. The American people just don’t get it.
Hey! So far he has been the second best President of the whole century!
10 out of 18 isn’t that hot. It’s a fail, really.
...and he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize because of what he MIGHT accomplish...someday....maybe......
I don't know which one is more lame.....
Newsweek: now a 16-page pamphlet found only in dentist’s offices.
Looks Reagan barely beat out Obama according to these clowns. This is just one pathetic, aburb joke.
Make that “absurd”.
Or the first 1/2 black (or 1/2 white) president. Add this to the list of affirmative action, utterly unearned and undeserved "distinctions" Zero has been given, for absolutely no other reason than that he LOOKS black (of course, he is actually a mulatto Marxist/Alinskyite).
Let's not forget the Nobel prize he was given for... Well, for not being George W. Bush, I guess.
Again, Newsweek publishes an article that proves it is biased and irrelevant.
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