How Will Obama Be Graded By History?

After eight years in office, Barack Obama will end his presidency on Friday. There has already been much talk of his accomplishments, failures and legacy, but it will take years or even decades for historians, political scientists, journalists and the American people to confidently assess his place among other American presidents.

In the meantime (sorry, we’re impatient), what can we say about how history will judge Obama? Where will future historians rank him compared to his predecessors? CONT.

Andrew R. Lewis (U. of Cincinnati) & Paul A. Djupe (Denison U.), FiveThirtyEight