Obama trumps Reagan, academics say in survey

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Franklin D. Roosevelt again topped the Siena College survey of the best U.S. presidents, but the man sitting in the White House fewer than 18 months has cracked the Top 15.

While the New Deal icon still enchants, and even bested the faces on Mount Rushmore, President Obama ranks 15th among the 44 U.S. presidents – ahead of, among others, Ronald Reagan.

For the fifth time in the five editions of the Siena College Research Institute Survey of U.S. Presidents, Roosevelt tops the list of best U.S. presidents, the school said Thursday.

Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – the four faces of Mount Rushmore – finished behind the president who led America through World War II and the Great Depression, according to 238 historians, presidential scholars and political scientists who participated.

Full story: Obama trumps Reagan, academics say in survey – Washington Times