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WASHINGTON, :  US President Bill Clinton pauses a moment while being asked about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Massimo D WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton pauses a moment while being asked about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema 05 March in the White House in Washington, DC. (STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)  

Steven F. Hayward’s presidential report card

In his new book ”The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama,” Steven F. Hayward grades the presidents from Woodrow Wilson forward.

Hayward, the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute, recently discussed his book and justified his rankings in an interview with The Daily Caller.

Below is what we could call the Hayward ranking of modern presidents, according to his gradings:

1.) Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929) — A+

2.) Ronald Reagan (1981–1989) — A-

3.) Warren G. Harding (1921–1923) — B+

3.) George W. Bush (2001–2009) — B+

5.) George H.W. Bush (1989–1993) — B

6.) Harry Truman (1945–1953) — C+

6.) Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953–1961) — C+

6.) Richard M. Nixon (1969–1974) — C+

6.) Gerald Ford (1974–1977) — C+

10.) Herbert Hoover (1929–1933) — C-

10.) John F. Kennedy (1961–1963) — C-

12.) Woodrow Wilson (1913–1921) — F

12.) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945) — F

12.) Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969) — F

12.) Jimmy Carter (1977–1981) — F

12.) Bill Clinton (1993–2001) — F

12.) Barack Obama (2009–present) — provisional F

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