How Do Historians Rate Obama?
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It’s too soon to tell how Obama will rank amongst U.S. presidents, but that hasn’t stopped historians weighing in on what he’s doing right (and wrong).
As of 2011, he's got more historians as critics than supporters (though Allan Lichtman, professor of history at American University, still predicts he'll be re-elected in 2012).
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In the Center:
- Gil Troy: Wanted: A president who is tougher than terrycloth
- Iwan Morgan: Obama could be the next Jimmy Carter, or even Herbert Hoover
- David Gray Adler: O is wrong on unilateral military action
On the Right:
- Burt Folsom: He’s overreaching
- Daniel Pipes: Both Democrats and Republicans are inconsistent on Obama
On the Left:
- Stanley Kutler: Obama’s just another moderate Republican
- Jay Driskell: He tries to stay above the fray, but that's just not possible
- Rick Perlstein: "The fellow’s not quite well…"
- Thaddeus Russell: Obama sounds like a neo-conservative
- Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, gave these remarks at the 2010 American Historical Association convention.
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