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Obama ranked 12th in leadership as Donald Trump’s ratings hit lows

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Barack Obama appears to be having a pretty good time lately. As the Trump administration lurched from crisis to crisis last week, the former president was sighted enjoying water sports with billionaire Richard Branson.

Obama’s legacy is still in the making, and will naturally be defined by which of his signature policies remains in four years—Donald Trump has pledged to upend everything from the Affordable Care Act to protections for Dreamers.

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In the meantime, presidential historians have ranked him 12th among all Presidents in overall leadership.

“George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt retain their top five status, while Dwight Eisenhower moves into the top five for the first time,” the press release reads.

“Former President Barack Obama enters the ranks for the first time in the number 12 position. Notably, his leadership category ratings range from number 3 for “Pursued Equal Justice for All,” to number 39 for “Relations with Congress.” His predecessor, George W. Bush, has benefitted somewhat from the passing of years: His ranking at number 33, is up three places from our 2009 survey. Dwight Eisenhower also advanced three spots since 2009, moving to the number 5 position from number 8 overall. Bill Clinton remains unchanged at number 15.”

Perhaps reflecting the changing times, Andrew Jackson dropped the most between 2009 and today, from 13th to 18th.

“Once again the Big Three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR – as it should be. That Obama came in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive. And the survey is surprisingly good news for George W. Bush, who shot up a few notches,” said historian Douglas Brinkley.

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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s approval rating is at Obama’s all-time low, the Washington Post reports.


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Trump supporter complains about being socially toxic: ‘People unfriend you’

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Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro on Saturday complained about being judged by the content of her character.

"People unfriend you!' Pirro complained. "They don't want you to be a -- they don't want to communicate with you."

"People I've had at my wedding don't talk -- my children's weddings actually, they don't talk to me anymore," she explained.

"It's not usually the right or the left, I mean, the intolerance is on the left," she argued.

The longtime Trump friend was harshly criticized for her complaints. Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1282132522332282880

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Trump disappointed conservative media isn’t praising him enough for letting Roger Stone walk: report

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President Donald Trump has been disappointed in right-wing media for not giving him more credit for pardoning longtime advisor Roger Stone.

"A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution 'righteous' in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Lincoln Project takes on the ‘Trump crime spree’ in new ad: ‘It’s a billion-dollar criminal enterprise’

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Disgruntled former top Republican strategists took on President Donald Trump's "law and order" message in a new 2020 video posted on Saturday.

The ad, by the Lincoln Project, recounts how many top former Trump officials have been convicted of felonies.

"It's not a campaign, it's a billion-dollar criminal enterprise," the narrator begins.

The ad noted the criminal convictions of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Mike Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone.

"Nixon was bad, Trump is worse," the narrator declares.

"Trump is the most corrupt president in U.S. history. There's only one way to end the Trump crime spree -- throw him and his crooks out of office," the ad concludes.

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