... do people ever pause to consider how massive of scale a country like the United States is? There are no "good presidents", only good time periods.
A good president is someone who rides the wave while discharging the minimum of duties necessary to maintain its natural velocity. Time periods are good or bad because the American people are good or bad.
We're going through a bad time period because special interests have knotted up society and bent it out of shape with its natural velocity.