I find this interesting: Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Each person's view point would obviously effect their takeaway from this. These are polls of "experts" or as close as they could come, you know historians, poly sci profs, etc. I think I'm fairly realisitic and pragmatic, so though I lean a little left politically, I think these rankings are pretty spot on. I would find it funny if the loudest people in the room are the responses to Obama's ranking, whom it's obviously to early to judge, so somewhere in the middle makes sense for now. The rest of the polling is good stuff.