Employing a panel of 10 distinguished historians—spanning several generations—Newsweek ranked the 10 best presidents since 1900. From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, here's a first look at our list of the men who made the cut.
1. Franklin Roosevelt
2. Teddy Roosevelt
3. Lyndon Johnson
4. Dwight Eisenhower
5. Woodrow Wilson
6. Harry Truman
7. Bill Clinton
8. John Kennedy
9. Ronald Reagan
10. Barack Obama
The top two finishers among the public were Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
The top two finishers among the historians were Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt
Lyndon Johnson and Woodrow Wilson—3rd and 5th, respectively, in the historians’ poll—didn’t make the public’s top 10
JFK ranked 8th with historians and 4th with the public
Eisenhower was rated 4th by historians and 8th by the public
Barack Obama—ranked 5th by the public and 10th by historians
Public vote. Only presidents with no overlap shown.
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