Historians say Clinton's presidency is already in "all time top 5"

Historians say Clinton's presidency is already in "all time top 5"

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Just seven weeks into Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidency, historians are predicting it's already headed for the "all-time top five," according to Harvard University's Doris Kearns Goodwin.

"She is already firmly in the top ten, and flirting with taking Teddy Roosevelt's spot at number five," Kearns Goodwin told NPR's Terry Gross on "Fresh Air."

In barely two months, Clinton has made headlines and warmed liberal hearts by appointing the most diverse cabinet in history - including the highest-ranking Muslim in government, increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hourraising taxes on the ultra wealthy, shutting down the Dakota Access Pipelinemandating parental leave, and welcoming Syrian immigrants.

Of course the big fights are still ahead of her: heath care and Wall Street reform. 

"No doubt, these are going to be politically difficult needles to thread," Goodwin said. "I think she'll impress us though. She's building on Obama's legacy, and in the end, I think she'll be competitive with FDR and Lincoln."

 

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