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Top Ten Worst Presidents Ever!

Chin up, Mr. President Bush, sir! It's not all bad! OK, yes, 98 percent of historians think your presidency has been a failure, but that's just a silly survey. I found an amazing list of the Top Ten Worst Presidents, and you're not even on it!

There are a whole slew of scandals (Teapot Dome, Black Friday) an impeachment (nope, not him — think way back) a Great Depression even greater than the one we're hurtling into now, and a Folly! You haven't had an official folly yet! Get crackin'!

Here are the top (worst?) five from the hilarious and not historically unsound list of top ten worst:

  1. James Buchanan (oops Dred Scott...)
  2. Warren G. Harding (there's your Teapot Dome!)
  3. Franklin Pierce (Kansas-Nebraska Act?)
  4. Richard Nixon (Ohh, Watergate.)
  5. Andrew Johnson (And we have impeachment!)

So you see, Mr. President sir, there's a whole lot of history just as bad as what you're up against. But take a second to read the list, will you? There are quite a few months left of your big job! Let's learn and laugh together!

So. Do you think George W. Bush should have made that list?

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thunderdeed thunderdeed 8 years
G. W. is the worst. You could travel 100 years into the future and he will still be the worst. There should be certin qualifations to run for president. Brains, common sense, and most importantly admiting you were wrong( takes a real man to admit that. )He has none of those. I also feel that a son should be exculed from running for office( this president really realy makes me feel strongly about that rule)But everyone will just forget and son of another president will be elected somday. In closing Obamma could not be as bad as G.W. even if he tried. Good Riddence.
nevpat nevpat 9 years
Don't forget Jimmy Carter! I remember as a boy how hard things were under Carter! We had high inflation and high unemployment! I remember my mom having to work in a mall kiosk while my dad who was a highly trained mechanic could not find a job because the economy was so bad! I remember how no one could buy a new car and when someone could do it it was like a holiday seeing a brand new car in the neighborhood! I remember eating cube steak and TV dinners every meal! This guy is a joke! He criticizes our election process but raves about Hugo Chavez and Palestinian terrorist organizations!
kmartboxers24 kmartboxers24 9 years
"I have to respond to something that Misskastar made concerning Bush & Katrina. I'm from Louisiana, and I can tell you that if anyone failed the citizens of New Orleans it was ex Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin. The state government took funds from the Feds that were intended for building up levies and wasted it on useless pet projects! That combined with the fact that they had no real evacuation plan helped to create the post-Katrina disaster. Everyone in Louisiana knows that the state government's corruption and ineptitude is the true source of the tragedy. The city's slow recovery is ultimately a result of years of a broken state government, a deteriorating infrastructure and a weak economy. Respectfully, anyone who blames Bush for all this is very misinformed" Thank you for this! I wish the media didn't try to circumvent reality. In the eyes of so many, BUSH made the Hurricaine!, he refused to send effective aid!, he was incompetent! It was his fault! But in reality, Katrina just revealed the inherent weaknesses of government bureaucracies like FEMA (A federal organization), and the Louisiana state government.
kmartboxers24 kmartboxers24 9 years
"98% of historians think your presidency is a failure" -politics isn't history for a least 20 years, and probably alot longer than that. -historians get their degrees in history, not in the immediate effects of Mr. Bush's two terms, why are their opinions even considered? -Historians are by profession, a liberal crowd, just open up any high school textbook and you'll see why the study/writing of history is far from objective. It involves quite a bit of opinion.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
bravo jackie o
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Thank-you for the information you provided. It's nice to have the perspective of someone who lives in the area.
Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 9 years
I'm both impressed and encouraged by the intelligence that has been shared in this blog. Every generation believes that the challenges they face are the worst the human race has ever experienced. That kind of thinking is a result of people who don't have any understanding of history. I have to respond to something that Misskastar made concerning Bush & Katrina. I'm from Louisiana, and I can tell you that if anyone failed the citizens of New Orleans it was ex Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin. The state government took funds from the Feds that were intended for building up levies and wasted it on useless pet projects! That combined with the fact that they had no real evacuation plan helped to create the post-Katrina disaster. Everyone in Louisiana knows that the state government's corruption and ineptitude is the true source of the tragedy. The city's slow recovery is ultimately a result of years of a broken state government, a deteriorating infrastructure and a weak economy. Respectfully, anyone who blames Bush for all this is very misinformed.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
Definitely not the worst president. It's all in the history.
jvpdc jvpdc 9 years
it warms my heart to read people complaining about how the Bush Administration is violating our privacy and civil rights...on an open thread of unedited, uncensored discussion on the internet! is this a great country or what???
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I agree with the statement that the worst presidents should not include the last 5-8. Politics is still too big an issue. I acknowledge that W isn't the best president, but to call him the worst, or among the worst is idiotic.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I love George W. I cant help myself
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
"Gasoline prices in the United States, which have recently hit record highs, are actually much lower than in many countries. Drivers in some European cities, like Amsterdam and Oslo, are paying nearly 3 times more than those in the U.S."-CNN Why? The government taxes Europeans much more than the American government.
lizadilly lizadilly 9 years
OK, for the last frickin time, criticizing the President or the war does not equal criticizing the troops, personally or generally, so people with family in Iraq need to stop being so sensitive to critical discussion. People who criticize the war are largely criticizing the unnecessary endangerment of troops' lives, so if anything they are their BIGGEST supporters. I read some of these comments and I'm just appalled at how misinformed some people STILL are, five years later. Bush and Blair both thought they had sound evidence connecting 9/11 to Hussein? WTF? Ever heard of the Downing Street Memo? Maybe the Valerie Plame scandal? Bush and Cheney decided to fix "evidence" around policy, Blair knew that, and anyone who protested got screwed. That's not a democratic conspiracy theory, that's documented fact. As for the magic button of gas prices and domestic drilling -- it's too big of a topic to get into here, but anyone who thinks that the administration has no control over pump-gouging knows little about regulation, inflation, and our rapport with OPEC nations.
lizadilly lizadilly 9 years
W is the worst for both parties, bc he's destroying the Constitution, the country's reputation, our privacy rights, checks and balances, and human rights. People who suggest JFK for this list don't know their history. He did a ton of wise and ethical things for this country, and as for getting into Vietnam -- he TRIED to bring the troops back and that's why the flipping CIA had him killed. Even people IN the CIA have said that.
jvpdc jvpdc 9 years
Thank you Hunterme - you are absolutely right that our troops deserve support. And if someone thinks I was shrugging off a trillion dollar war - they couldn't be more wrong. I have family who fought there. I know what kind of pain this war has caused. But that doesn't diminish the good that can be accomplished by the sacrifice. People get so wrapped up in hating George W. Bush that they just don't see the big picture.
Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
ABSOLUTELY!!! He is definitely one of the worst presidents. He isn't THE worst, b/c I think supporting segregation is pretty bad, but turning your back to certain populations is definitely not a plus (uh...bush....Katrina). Bush lacks intelligence, oratory skills, tolerance, true experience (no, managing a failing sports team does not count. Neither does his positions in government enabled by nipotism) and he lacks the amazing skill of uniting a nation together which we so need right now. Basically, he sucks. Horrible president.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
I love that people can shrug off a hostage situation, high inflation, high unemployment and a pessimistic attitude. Talk about forgetting an administration. Jimmy Carter is a great person, please don't get me wrong. However, he was not a great president. Have you ever heard one of his speeches as president? Talk about a downer. What we associate as a good person and a good president need to not be combined and instead considered as two different things. It's also funny how when we judge presidents we forget that they were presented with information that we as private citizens were not. Their decisions were made because of this information and because they were vested with the power by us the people to do so. In Bush's case, Putin, Chirac and Blair all agreed on the same information that President Bush had on Iraq (Putin even called Bush to personally relate some Saddam information). Two of those leaders acted on this information. I am not here to get into a fight over Iraq, however what I do want to say is that I doubt a single person in this forum is shrugging off the war. That comment irked me in more ways that I can describe with the chief one being that I have family in Iraq today. To say that is a disservice to the men and women who fight there daily. The beauty of their job is that they put their lifes on the life to protect a majority of citizens they have never met or never will. Because of these men and women, our right to argue freely on a blog such as this one over issues whether it is who is dating who or political ideology is one we can take for granted. I know half of you (if I am lucky) will agree with the idea of this post, the other half will pick it apart. However, what I hope someone will get out of it is to remember that whether or not you agree with what Bush did/has done in Iraq that there are still men and women over there that should be thanked, not told that their mission is a lost cause or failure. Disapproval in a commander-in-chief should never reflect the nation's belief in their armed forces.
stephley stephley 9 years
I love that people can shrug off a trillion dollar war so easily. Talk about dreamers...
jvpdc jvpdc 9 years
Great discussion...George W definitely does not deserve to be on the worst list. As many people have pointed out, it's far too soon to judge his presidency with a historical perspective. I personally believe he will end up somewhere in the top 15 for keeping this country safe after 9/11 and changing the face of the Middle East. As for the price of oil - he wanted to do more domestic drilling but was stopped by Democrats in Congress. He wanted to do more...but one can only do what one can do. No one has a magic button to push to lower gas prices - or else they would have pushed it by now! But we'll see. Carter is an interesting case - he made some really bad decisions while he was in office. But I think some might argue he's been worse since he left office. Like this week - meeting w/ terrorists who have killed Americans and have no interest in peace in the Middle East? What a joke he is! But can that probably can't be considered when judging his presidency. He belongs in his own category - worst ex-President!
piper23 piper23 9 years
I have a good friend who is a die-hard Nixon fan. Has multiple books on him and has his pictures up in his house. Sounds bizarre but he's a true believer that Nixon was the man.
stephley stephley 9 years
If all benefitted from hindsight, why the worst list? What achievements would turn it around for Bush?
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
Funny how a lot of historians at the time of Truman's presidency found him to be one of the greatest failures of all time. Look what declassified information and 60 years does to one's view. Bush will benefit from the same as do all presidents.
stephley stephley 9 years
There are murderers in prison today who believe their actions were justified. Does that in any way make what they did okay? Nixon grew up poor and felt like an outsider. The Red Scare fed his paranoia. Is it okay to do bad things because you grow up afraid of people who don't think as you do? That kind of reasoning would certainly ease prison overcrowding. Does that justify taking part in a coverup of criminal activity, spying on your political opponents - who in your paranoia include people like Joe Namath and Paul Newman? Everyone does it, everyone did it comes up a lot in these posts. Is that really a valid measure of proper behavior?
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