Monday, February 16, 2009

Ranking the Presidents

C-SPAN surveys historians and releases a new ranking of Presidents. William Henry Harrison, who served 32 days in office, dropped from 37th in 2000 in 39th in 2009. He was moved down one by new arrival George W. Bush (#36) and flipped places with Warren Harding. Guess the Teapot Dome scandal isn't what it used to be. Bill Clinton enjoyed an apparent W bump up 6 places to #15. Ulysses S. Grant jumped 10 places to #23 after his "Performance within Context of Times" improved drastically this year.

(image credit: William Henry Harrison in 1841, daguerreotype portrait by Moore and Ward,