That scary sound you hear is dozens of rightie bloggers’ heads, exploding:
That’s the verdict of 238 of the nation’s leading presidential scholars, who – for a fifth time – rated Franklin Delano Roosevelt the best president ever in the latest Siena College Research Institute poll.
Obama got high marks for intelligence, ability to communicate and imagination, but his score was dragged down by his relative lack of experience and family background.
“Most of the presidents came from elite backgrounds, and he certainly did not,” said professor Douglas Lonnstrom, who crunched the numbers. “He grew up without a father.”
By contrast, Bush’s dad was our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, who came in 22nd in the poll.
And yet, the scholars rated Dubya a dud as a president, ranking him in the bottom five at 39th place.
That’s a steep drop from 23rd place, which is where Bush ranked when he entered the survey after his first year in office.
Bush got docked for saddling Obama with two bloody wars and a recession, and he got low marks for “ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments and intelligence,” according to the survey.
Cassy Fiano is baffled — why would anyone past the age of five need to have an imagination, and why is intelligence important?
Cassy, I would try to explain it to you, but I’m not sure I know how to explain why intelligence is important to someone who… doesn’t understand why intelligence is important.