Yes, Obama Really is the 4th Greatest President, Says White House Spokesman

At yesterday’s White House press briefing, a reporter asked the president’s spokesman Jay Carney about Barack Obama’s claim that he could be considered the fourth best president in U.S. history, behind only Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ.

Carney basically said, yes he is:

Sure, I mean, this has obviously been of great interest in the conservative blogosphere, but the fact of the matter is, he has — he was making a point about the volume and substance of the legislative accomplishments, and the foreign policy accomplishments, in his nearly three years in power. He was not making an assertion of — that only historians will make about the success or — this was not a comparison of success to other presidencies except in the significance and substance and size of the legislative accomplishments, whether it’s health care reform, which was an effort that took 100 years to accomplish; or the Recovery Act, which was an enormous response to an historic economic crisis; the bailout of the automobile industry, the saving of the American automobile industry against great political opposition; and on the foreign policy front, continuing to take the fight successfully to al-Qaeda, embodied most notably in the successful mission to remove Osama bin Laden from the battlefield; the successful efforts that we led to bring the international community behind the effort of the Libyan opposition to remove Moammar Qaddafi from power.

I could go on, and believe me, I will, as time permits. But it was within the context of the substance and volume of what has happened in the face of enormous challenges in these past nearly three years.

Ah, see? Obama was not saying he was greater than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Ronald Reagan — except in “the significance and substance and size of the legislative accomplishments.” And in some ways, he truly has exceeded all his predecessors, placing him in a category all his own.

The exchange begins at approximately 22:29.

About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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One Response to Yes, Obama Really is the 4th Greatest President, Says White House Spokesman

  1. warchief65 says:

    The fourth best President ? Are you kidding me ? I said it before , and I’ll say it again , Hussein Obama will come in as the WORST President , of all TIME ! He only got bin Laden because of ” W ” Bush , and Quaffi , come on ? He only sent the Boy’s there for 3 days , and it took the Rebels to catch him in 9 months , what a lair he is ! He broke this country , and failed to keep our credit rating . And , he broke the laws that he took an oath to protect , by letting the Illegal Aliens to stay in this country , after a Federal Judge said to send them back . And , he didn’t show his true BC either , maybe he will this time for his second term , if he gets it .

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