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The Four Worst American Presidents (TEXT and PHOTOS)

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Since the adoption of its constitution, 43 men have been President of the United States. In January 2013, a New York Times journalist and statistician put together a composite list of presidential rankings based on previous presidential rankings by...

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Birgit W (160)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:29 am
What about George W. Bush?

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:56 am
I agree with Birgit W.

JL A (282)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:38 pm
Sometimes it takes more time to see the full impacts of an administration's actions/inactions and many GWB records are still sealed--might call for more evidence to push him to the top. It is possible a Hague trial could also move him to the top.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:47 pm
Bush is already pretty close to the top ~ if you read his ranking at the beginning of the article. In a few years he will be up ~ maybe it's down there with the others

. (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 1:14 pm
I thought Andrew Johnson was on the bottom of the heap - possibly he was in the bottom 10.

Fiona O (591)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 1:27 pm
Hum! What would the answer be for the for best?

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:11 pm

Did you know that Barbara Bush is related to Franklin Pierce? A complete drunk, I wondered if GW was just trying to keep a family tradition.

Roger Skinner (14)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:52 pm
Interesting as a thought experiment, but rather useless overall. "...a New York Times journalist and statistician put together a composite list of presidential rankings based on previous presidential rankings by scholars (primarily historians)." How many "scholars" and on what basis did they pick best/worst? Supposedly, Buchanan was the worst President, but they tell us little about why other than his stance on slavery. Any best/worst list is pretty subjective. A lot depends on the circumstances which they faced and how we feel (in hindsight) the President handled them. What makes one President better than another? If the North had lost the Civil War, would Lincoln be as revered? I have read articles here on Care2 from people who are convinced that Obama is the worst President ever, that he is trying to destroy the country, that he is the anti-Christ. Who is right?

Roger Skinner (14)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:17 pm
P.S. To Brigit and Patricia, if you bothered to read the article, Bush2 was rated #38 of 43, with 43 being the worst. In other words, he was rated the 6th worst President.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:19 pm
Bush 4 me takes top prize..thx Carrie

Jason S (50)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:48 pm
Good posting, thanks

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:30 pm
50 to 75 years from now we will get to know the truth behind the Bush Crime Family, Darth Vader Cheney, Wolfy, Rummy and Turd Blossom Rove. We will not like what we find (it will be much worse than we currently think it is) and then.....if America still exists, he will be the WORST President in the history of this country.

GGmaSheila D (194)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:55 pm
Interesting group...hopefully time will raise baby Bush to number one.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:57 pm
Bush dragged us into a made up war with real U.S. lives lost.

Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:04 pm

Susanne R (237)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:37 pm
Bush is already working hard to avoid that distinction. According to MSNBC:

Omission accomplished: President Bush uses library to try to rewrite history

Former President George W. Bush is preparing to unveil his $500 million presidential library next month in Dallas, and it sounds like the former president is hoping he can rewrite history to help rehabilitate his tarnished image.

According to the library’s official website, it will be ”a results-oriented institute that will have an effect on our country and, we think, on the world,” focusing on areas including economic growth, human freedom, and education reform. But it’s tough to say what results can be gleaned from the legacy of the president who turned a budget surplus into a deficit, left us into a major recession, permitted the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques, and instituted the “No Child Left Behind” education policy that is widely criticized even by Republicans today.

But Bush has a plan to distract everyone from the more negative aspects of his legacy. As one Bush acquaintance told the National Journal, “He’s convinced his achievement in keeping the country safe after 9/11 will get the attention it deserves as the years roll on,” which is why the library’s signature exhibit will be “a 17-foot, two-ton twisted piece of steel from the World Trade Center.” (It’s a strange quirk of historical memory–almost a form of intellectual jujitsu–that Bush has successfully branded himself as the leader who kept us safe, when in fact he’s the president who disregarded an August 2001 memo warning that Osama bin Laden was planning an attack on America.)

Interesting information. Thanks for posting it, Carrie!

TomCat S (130)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:58 am
How about Texas Torquemada, Potomac Pinocchio, Crawford Caligula, and GW Bush? :-)

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:42 am
I vote for Obama. Gurrrrr

I would prefer to live.

Ok, sometimes I get misunderstood.

I'm pretty angry right now. If the debt ceiling doesn't get raised, what I've been reading assures me that I must die. Without my earned Social Security check, there is no safe dwelling, no food. But I will not be dying alone. Thousands will die with me because our Social Security checks, which we earned, will be wrenched away.

Grandmothers and their little grand daughters will be hungry on the streets.

Just cause those supposed to be mature men and women are acting like spoiled brats.

I don't want the debt ceiling to be raised.

But I don't want the children and the grandmothers to pay the price.

I would rather live.

Our veterans who risked their lives and came back mentally ill will be dying with us. Many are wounded and cannot care for themselves because they tried to care for America.

Maybe our elected officials are just going to finish up the job.

I tried doing without food and water today. I don't want my body to be mutilated on the streets. It has been good to me. So I've been researching.

It takes 5 to 7 days to starve and dehydrate. That's a loooonng time. It's supposed to be painless.

I'm already hurting.

I spent too many years saving others from suicide. I've been conditioned to live.

I think I'd better go eat something.

Don't worry about me.

I'd rather live.

I'm not suicidal. I'm just expressing with my gift of words what so many must be
feeling tonight.

I'm going to go eat something.


Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:43 am
Bush where is Bush??

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:59 am
According to what I've read Bush has alzheimers.


Marija M (31)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:42 am
interesting comments! tks

jan b (5)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:02 pm
To me a president is a good one if he represents this country with class ( not GW BUSH) A good one if he can communicate well with we-the-people...and introduce policies that will help them.
A president of the USA possesses no formal legislative powers beyond signing or vetoing congressionally passed bills. He can introduce policies and campaign on them but it doesn 't mean they will be enforced.
A vetoed bill can still become law if each house of Congress votes to override the veto with a two-thirds majority. Finally, the president may do nothing—neither signing nor vetoing the bill—and then the bill becomes law automatically after ten days (not counting Sundays) according to the Constitution. But if Congress is adjourned during this period, presidents may veto legislation passed at the end of a congressional session simply by ignoring it; the maneuver is known as a pocket veto, and cannot be overridden by the adjourned Congress. "

LKoSl J (130)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:54 pm
Where is GW?

Thanks Carriell

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 9:04 pm
Georgie is near the bottom as the 38th worst president, but who is the 39th worst president. Nixon comes to mind, but I'm not sure. I wish I'd seen this post at the beginning of the month.
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