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By Matt Kibbe
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gil Troy
It's hardly a secret that Barack Obama, like every president no doubt, muses about his ultimate legacy and spot in the presidential pantheon. He approaches his second term confronting tough and shifting challenges that will play big roles in shaping the rest of his presidency and his eventual place in history.
In "Rush to Judgment," the most prescient evaluation of the presidency of George W. Bush comes from Gil Troy, a history professor at McGill University in Canada. Mr. Troy told the author, "One of the biggest challenges in assessing Bush's presidency is the fact that his greatest achievement may have been a negative one - preventing a repeat of 9/11."
According to a University of Miami study, those historical rankings of American presidents that pop up every year or so are significantly weighted in favor of Democrats, thanks to the liberal leanings of academia.
"The gun-control issue is a major opportunity for Obama to make his mark on history — and solve a problem that has frustrated Democrats for decades," he added.
"Americans are yearning for leadership," said Gil Troy, a presidential scholar at McGill University.