What are the main criteria for rating presidents?
More than any other political figure, the President of the United States of
America attracts the scrutiny and passion of the American people. As their
elected Head of State, he represents the presence of the masses, and is seen as
the figurehead of the nation in times of national crisis and grief. The last few
decades have seen a public disillusionment with the democratic process in
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Barber's active-positive definition, who may not
leave office with great pride and public veneration, but yet should be well
satisfied with their achievements in carrying out their presidential duties with
clarity and vigour. It is certainly true that the presidents who face the most
dramatic circumstances, are those who seem to be remembered as the `greatest. I
think this is the real crux of the presidential `rating' - a balanced marriage
between circumstance and response.