Adams Yes, Jefferson No
I want to call readers’ attention to a comment that I overlooked to “Bush at the Bottom,” posted on December 2, about historian Eric Foner’s evaluation in the Washington Post of George W. Bush’s place in history. Foner said Bush was the worst president ever. I went on to write about the history of presidential rankings, summarize how historians currently regard presidents, and give my own rankings. The comment, which I posted today from that ubiquitous submitter, “Anonymous,” makes an eloquent case for John Adams as one of the best presidents and trashes Thomas Jefferson. A must-read for history buffs.