I am delighted to say that we have stepped over the halfway mark on the presidency project with yesterday’s piece on Warren Harding. 21 presidents down with only 20 (the top ten and the bottom ten) to go.
To review, the ones we have covered, in chronological order, are: John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
The eligible presidents still left on the shelf, therefore, are: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Can you guess who belongs where?
So far, I am pleased with how this project has gone along. The only ranking I am unhappy with is John Tyler; while clearly underrated, #17 is way, way too high for a man who just couldn’t sustain any allies during his stormy 4 years-minus-one-month in office.
I may, though, take a short break from the presidency project to blog about a couple other subjects that I have been putting off. But rest assured, I will return to it very soon.