Rolling Stone's latest cover story asks if Dubya is indeed our country's worst president, as many historians think.
In almost every survey of historians dating back to the 1940s, three presidents have emerged as supreme successes: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. These were the men who guided the nation through what historians consider its greatest crises: the founding era after the ratification of the Constitution, the Civil War, and the Great Depression and Second World War. Presented with arduous, at times seemingly impossible circumstances, they rallied the nation, governed brilliantly and left the republic more secure than when they entered office.
Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties-- Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Hoover and now Bush -- have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off. [emphasis added]
The remaining time of Bush's second term must be examined as part of a complete presidential evaluation, but it is already obvious at which end of the spectrum he will be ranked.
(Thanks to John at AmericaBlog for the tip.)