History is constantly evolving and changing…. so is this list.
Presidential reputations change rapidly.
George W. Bush ^ : Loathed by modern “progressives,” any historian worth his/her salt should have suggested patience. Presidents must not be judged immediately following their terms, nor soon after elections. Many of Bush’s policies are now being viewed as successful- see the Surge, and TARP. Despite the vitriol still spewed by his critics, W’s historical stock is rising.
LBJ v : Recent release of Oval Office recordings revealed Lyndon Johnson at his worst. Modern depictions of him in films like “Selma” have also cast doubt on his civil rights legacy. No other President has experienced this sort of roller coaster ranking, and this year appears to be a straight drop for “Landslide Lyndon.”
Dwight Eisenhower ^ : Soon to be memorialized on the National Mall, Ike is liked once again. Historians are beginning to appreciate his cool demeanor and bipartisan political record. The current Republican party should do some soul searching when viewing its current obsession with ideological purity.
v : The recent uproar at Princeton over the racist legacy of its most famous history professor has everyone reconsidering our view of the Progressive champion. Proper scrutiny is now being leveled against Wilson’s policies- many of them created as a result of his distrust of the Constitution and disregard for the Declaration of Independence.