Who has been the most effective president in the past 30 years?
DEMOCRATS (93 VOTES)
Ronald Reagan: 11%
George H.W. Bush: 4%
Bill Clinton: 75%
George W. Bush: 3%
Barack Obama: 7%
“Tip O’Neill and RR made divided government work. Lesson unlearned.”
George H.W. Bush
“Effective management of the end of the Cold War, building a coalition to free Kuwait, and organized the Madrid Conference.”
“Intelligence, charisma, and a good economy, stupid.”
“The U.S. was prosperous and at peace while he was president. Clinton is the only president in this generation who left a budget surplus to his successor.”
“Peace, prosperity, surpluses, and a deal-making, fair-minded president. Tough to beat the ‘90s.”
“Without a peer in the modern era.”
“If it weren’t for Monica and impeachment, it wouldn’t even be a close call.”
“Remarkable what he was able to accomplish while having a Republican Congress.”
George W. Bush
“We’re still in the Middle East, the public doesn’t mind being wiretapped, and we’re still under his tax regime.”
“Only one on the list to end two wars, rescue the economy from the deepest recession since WWII, and pass universal health care.”
Who has been the most effective president in the past 30 years?
REPUBLICANS (95 VOTES)
Ronald Reagan: 89%
George H.W. Bush: 3%
Bill Clinton: 6%
George W. Bush: 2%
Barack Obama: 0%
“Not close. Reagan ‘won’ the Cold War, ended stagflation, and heralded the rise of market economics. Only FDR tops him in 20th century.”
“Hands down. Even Chris Matthews is honest enough to admit the transformative nature of Reagan’s presidency.”
“Is this supposed to be a trick question? Come on. Even liberals and the media ought to be able to be honest enough to admit that, especially compared to the others.”
“Turning around the economy, defeating communism, restoring faith in the future — these are not small things.”
“Tax cuts passed, federal agencies reined in, Cold War over, economic recovery, not impeached, not a polarizing and despised leader. Obama and W. are hated by the opposite party.”
“He and Tip O’Neill set the gold standard.”
“His policies ignited the greatest economic revival since the Depression and led to the implosion of the Soviet state.”
“Reagan gave America new direction with a Democratic House.and later with a Democratic Senate. Not an easy feat, as everyone else on the list could attest to.”
George H.W. Bush
“In only four years he won a war, negotiated a landmark free-trade agreement, and crafted a difficult budget deal that led to the prosperity of the ‘90s. Plus, he taught lessons in patriotism and civility that resonate, especially in today’s environment.”
“NAFTA, welfare reform, balanced budget — and all with a Republican Congress.”
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