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update... seems Obama's not as remarkable as the previous graph suggested.
Ah, nuts. Well, can we say that Obama's the best president since James Madison?
Well, hold up. What if we control for the pool of pirates from which these killings could even take place? Obama is certainly at a disadvantage in that regard. It wouldn't have been on the order of shooting buffalo in the west for Jefferson/Madison, but surely they had far more offending swashbucklers to choose from than is true of any president in the modern era.
Okay, maybe there were more pirates back then, but the U.S. military advantage vis-a-vis pirates must be far greater now. I'm not sure how to adequately compare pirate-killing across these time spans.
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