George Herbert Walker Bush, 1924-2018, was a combat pilot and a successful businessman who dedicated his life to public service. He became the 41st president.
“The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then Id add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.”
— George H. W. Bush[hhmc]
Ranking the presidents
The 2014 Brookings Institution survey scored presidents on a scale of 1 to 100. Leaders were rated on multiple criteria including legislative skill, diplomatic skill, integrity and military skill.
391 members of the American Political Science Associations Presidents & Executive Politics section, the premier organization of experts of the American presidency, were invited to complete the online survey, which was administered by Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Justin S. Vaughn of Boise State University. 162 surveys were completed online between May and November 2014.