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History Professors Give Obama B-, Mark Him Down For Not Being Liberal Enough

President Barack Obama’s report card is in, and it looks like he’s barely pulling a B-.

History professors from across the nation weighed in on Obama’s job performance, and even some his biggest fans – left-leaning scholars – consider him average, even disappointing. But don’t get too excited, thinking Ivory Tower educators may be starting to see the light.

The unimpressive grade is not because of Obama’s: dismal foreign policy blunders; the massive increase in domestic spy tactics against Americans under his watch; the mishandling of the economy as we face the decade-mark under the Great Recession; the exponential increase during his tenure of federal government intrusion in American’s lives, local school systems, and what we eat and how we protect our homes and families; or his apparent tacit approval of the IRS targeting and harassing conservatives and Christians.

No, none of that. According to George Mason University’s History News Network, which conducted the poll, professors marked him down for not being liberal enough, for not pushing the socialist agenda further.

George Mason University’s History News Network conducted the poll via email in the spring, asking 679 American history professors at a wide variety of different colleges across the nation to give Obama a letter grade on 15 subcategories, plus an overall grade. Of the 203 historians who responded, they gave him an overall B-, with complaints such as:

* The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) “did not go far enough”

* The prosecution of Bradley Manning

* The failure to close Guantanamo Bay

* Drone strikes against terrorists

And what were they happy with?

“Just about the only aspect of Barack Obama’s presidency which has received universal praise from historians has been the president’s Supreme Court appointments,” the pollsters state. “Both Elena Kagan and especially Sonia Sotomayor are highly respected by academics.”

Professors gave Obama a C for his relationship with Congress, blaming Republicans for gridlock and partisan politics in their comments, according to the results.

Other praise for Obama by faculty included:

* They gave him an A- in both the “integrity” and “crisis management” categories

* They also credited him for ending the Iraq War and killing Osama bin Laden.

“Overall, historians were remarkably consistent in their judgment: Barack Obama was a promising presidential candidate and possesses sterling personal leadership qualities, but his administration has merely been adequate in delivering results,” the poll found.

Obama’s overall grade as president, a B-, garnered a 2.97 grade-point average, which would be consistent with his college grades.

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  • Indeptex55

    They gave him an A- in both the “integrity” and “crisis management” categories

    Limbaugh Theorum……………..

    • ptm

      Says EVERYTHING about the INEGRITY of the professors.

  • Faustus

    These same professors give Che, Castro, Hugo, Mugabe, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho, and Kim As?

  • Waldo

    PLEASE stop labeling socialism as “liberal”! Socialists are leftists. the farthest thing from what the term “Liberal” has historically meant, and is still used throughout the world (except in the US).

    • GardenGnomeLF

      They are statists.

    • Jerrybear

      Leftists don’t even like the term liberal themselves. They prefer ‘progressive’.

    • JamesJ

      Why not? They’ve distorted everything else.

  • alfrhed

    Entertaining at least. These relics will be gone soon enough…

  • puhiawa

    What a bunch of crazed left wing loons. ‘A’ for integrity? The man shows every sign of being a pathological liar.


      So do they. Remember this is the group that thinks its too good to follow traditional moral standards.

  • saywhatsaywhat

    C is average, not B-. Trust me, I know.


    Good grief. Who told the New Castrati that their opinions matter?

  • Taylor Lake

    Barry O got into the White House in the first place by being an enigma: those inclined to vote for him chose to ignore what little evidence about the man that somehow escaped the media blackout about his past, in favor of superimposing their own fantasies onto him.

    Even otherwise reliable liberal media hacks like like Maureen Dowd, Joe Klein, Roger Cohen and Ruth Marcus have begun to see him for the incompetent tyro that he’s been all along, but one benefit for professors living cloistered in the ivory tower of academia is that it’s an almost hermetically sealed environment. They’re still in 2008 mode, seeing Barry O as the man they wish he’d be, instead of who he really is.

    And I doubt that anything is ever going to change that.

  • rich__b

    I would have to give him an F. I would rate him even lower but there isn’t a grade lower then F.

    Not liberal enough, wow. They just don’t have a clue about the real world don’t they?