With all this nonsense from both sides, claiming this or that......

The fact is, it's still the person and just what he/she is capable of or isn't.

For your reading pleasure.

The Murray-Blessing 1982 survey asked historians whether they were liberal or conservative on domestic, social and economic issues. The table below shows that the two groups had only small differences in ranking the best and worst presidents. Both groups agreed on the composition of nine of the top ten Presidents
Rankings by Liberals and Conservatives

Code:
Rank     Liberals (n=190)                 Conservatives (n=50)

1              Lincoln                                      Lincoln

2          Franklin Roosevelt                   Washington

3            Washington                        Franklin Roosevelt

4              Jefferson                                 Jefferson

5       Theodore Roosevelt               Theodore Roosevelt

6               Wilson                                   Jackson

7               Jackson                                  Truman

8               Truman                                   Wilson

9            LB Johnson                             Eisenhower

10          John Adams                            John Adams

The number one spot by Libs and Cons was Lincoln. Lincoln had no executive experience upon assuming the presidency. His political experience being in the state legislature

Number 2 on the conservative list and number 3 on the liberal list was Washington. He had no executive experience prior to assuming the presidency. His political experience being in local legislative and judicial positions.

Number 2 on the liberal list and number 3 on the conservative list is FDR. He had no executive experience before assuming the presidency. His experience was in state legislature.

Number 4 on both lists is Thomas Jefferson. His only executive experience was as governor of Virginia for 2 years.

Number 5 on both lists is Theodore Roosevelt. His only executive experience was 2 years as governor of New York.

Number 6 on the conservative list and 7 on the liberal list is Andrew Jackson. He had no executive experience prior to becoming president. His experience was in federal legislature.

Number 6 on the liberal list and 8 on the conservative list was Woodrow Wilson. Wilson had 2 years experience as governor of New Jersey.

Number 7 on the conservative list and 8 on the liberal list is Truman. Truman had no executive experience prior to assuming the presidency.

number 9 on the liberal list is LBJ. LBJ had no executive experience prior to assuming the presidency. All in federal legislative branch.

number 9 on the conservative list is Eisenhower. Eisenhower had zero executive experience prior to assuming the presidency.

Number 10 on both lists is John Adams. John Adams had no executive experience before becoming president.

There you have it. The top 11 presidents with a sum total of 6 years executive experience.

but how about the worst?


Code:
Rank     Liberals (n=190)                 Conservatives (n=50)


30          Coolidge                                  Carter

31           Pierce                                      Nixon

32         Buchanan                                  Pierce

33    Andrew Johnson                    Andrew Johnson

34          Grant                                     Buchanan

35           Nixon                                      Grant

36           Harding                                 Harding
Coolidge 2 years governor of Massachusetts, 3 years as VP

Carter 4 years governor of Georgia

Nixon 8 years as VP

Johnson 4 years Governor of Tennessee and VP

Harding 2 years LT Governor of Ohio

for a sum total of 23 years executive experience.



From the book.