In love and politics alike, absence tends to make the heart grow fonder. As InsideGov looked at how historians and political scientists have ranked U.S. presidents, we found that, in general, perceptions of presidents improved with a bit of distance.
Using rankings from a batch of scholar surveys InsideGov tracked how every president's score fluctuated from 1948 to 2015 (President Barack Obama isn't included in the list because he only has been ranked in two surveys).
How does history grade your favorite president?
#1. George Washington
Top Rank: No. 19 Bottom Rank: No. 39
While still in office, President George W. Bush received higher marks. But once he left the White House in 2008, his scores plummeted. Many of Bush's policies abroad, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, were hugely unpopular and became key election year issues in 2008.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: President Barack Obama with his daughters by his side, Sasha and malia, ceremoniously pardon Popcorn the turkey during the annual 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony on the north portico of the White House on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The turkey, and turkey alternate, will be driven to George Washingtons Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. And will be on display for visitors during Christmas at Mount Vernon, through January 6. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: (L to R) U.S. President Barack Obama smiles at his his daughters Sasha and Malia after he pardoned 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac (not shown,) both 20-week old 48-pound Turkeys, during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)