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The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

Updated on November 11, 2015
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Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.

Americans of all stripes love to debate which president was best or worst. This is a subject that is too important to rely on opinion polls, which are skewed by individual bias and political views. While It's difficult to rate how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in virtually every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other.

When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy, and domestic policy, by almost any standard, it’s difficult to find any president who did more harm and left the country in worse shape than George W. Bush.

At the same time that Bush was leaving office with a 28% job approval rating, 61% of historians rated George W. Bush's presidency as the worst in history. In another, informal survey of 109 professional historians, 98.2% judged the Bush presidency as a failure while a mere 1.8% classified it as a success.

Below you can find all the reasons that George Bush deserves the title of Worst President in US History. I encourage you to do your own research and verify the facts stated in this article.

1. Bush Turned a Budget Surplus into the Largest Deficit in US History

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Although he was the first president in decades to inherit a budget surplus, George W. Bush wasted no time in wiping out that surplus, turning it into the biggest budget deficit in history. By the time he left office, the deficit exceeded $1 trillion dollars per year. He added more to the national debt than every president before him combined.

Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy were supposed to stimulate the economy and reduce the deficit. However, just the opposite happened. the economy collapsed and the deficit grew bigger with every tax cut. Check out this report from the Congressional Budget Office, which provides Congress with non-partisan analysis on budgetary on spending issues, showing the budget deficits and surpluses.

2. The Worst Job Creation Record Since Herbert Hoover

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When George W. Bush was sworn in as president, he inherited an unemployment rate of just 4%. By the time he left office, unemployment was skyrocketing and the economy was shedding 750,000 jobs in a single month.

Bush's reliance on tax cuts for the wealthy to stimulate the economy and create jobs was a dismal failure.

Looking at the jobs created during each presidential administration, you would have to go all the way back to Herbert Hoover to find a president with a worse record of job creation than George W. Bush.

Jimmy Carter, who is often ridiculed by Republicans, oversaw the creation of ten million new jobs during his 4 years in office compared to less than 2 million net jobs during Bush’s 8 years in office.

3. Bush Plundered Social Security, Breaking a Campaign Promise

While running for president, George W. Bush promised not to touch the Social Security trust fund. Yet barely six months after taking office he broke this promise and began siphoning money from Social Security to make up for the budget shortfall.

After taking hundreds of billions from the trust fund, he then said Social Security was broke and attempted to privatize it - an attempt that thankfully failed.

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4. Bush Squandered the Clinton Economic Boom

Here is what President Bush inherited from President Clinton when he came to office:

  • 4% unemployment,
  • A $200 billion budget surplus,
  • A stock market that had tripled in value over the previous 8 years,
  • The best rate of job creation in history (22 million new jobs in 8 years).

Bush brought all that prosperity to a screeching halt. By the time he left office we had:

  • Unemployment heading toward 10%,
  • A trillion dollar budget deficit,
  • A crash of the financial system,
  • The worst rate of job creation since Herbert Hoover.

Census Bureau statistics showed that the nation’s poverty rate, which dropped every year during the Clinton presidency, rose by more than a million people per year for six of Bush’s eight years in office.

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5. Bush Gave Us the Worst Economic Crisis since the “Great Depression"

While the economy always has ups and downs, it is exceedingly rare for a president to preside over two economic recessions during their term in office. The economic collapse of 2008 was the worst since the Great Depression and required taxpayers to spend nearly a trillion dollars to bail out the financial industry. In fact, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke claims that the economic collapse of 2008 was actually worse than the Great Depression in some respects. By the time Bush left office, economists were predicting 20% unemployment within a few months.

6. Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings About Terrorist Attacks Before 9/11

According to NSA adviser for counter-terrorism, Richard Clark, President Bush was uninterested in the many briefings he received from the CIA and NSA about likely terrorist attacks being planned against the US prior to 9/11.

Richard Clark and CIA director George Tenet believed the system was “blinking red” with warnings of impending terrorist attacks and tried to express this urgency to the president.

On August 6, 2001, President Bush received a CIA briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack the U.S.” which referenced the World Trade Center and discussed terrorist plans to hijack U.S. airplanes with New York City as a possible target.

In the weeks after receiving that CIA briefing, Bush spent a month fly-fishing, golfing, and clearing brush at his ranch in Texas. Barely a month after that warning, the US experienced the worst terrorist attack in history.

7. Bush Missed Many Opportunities to Fight or Prevent Terrorism

In February, 2001, after President Bush rejected proposals from the National Commission on Terrorism to create a Homeland Security agency, commission member Paul Bremer (later Bush’s administrator in Iraq), said "The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism. What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?' That's too bad. They've been given a window of opportunity with very little terrorism now, and they're not taking advantage of it.”

In 2002, Bush’s National Security Adviser for counter-terrorism, Randy Beers, complained that Bush refused to go after al Qaeda and was holding back troops and resources from Afghanistan to prepare for the war they were planning in Iraq. Beers later quit the Bush administration out of frustration with Bush’s lack of interest in destroying al Qaeda

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8. Bush Failed to Protect New Yorkers from Toxins After the 9/11 WTC Collapse

After the World Trade Center collapsed, the EPA had information indicating that there were dangerously high levels of toxic substances like asbestos in the air. But the Bush administration pressured the EPA to issue a statement saying the air in and around ground zero was safe to breathe and encouraged New Yorkers to return to work. In fact, the level of toxic chemicals was many times higher than what the EPA considers safe.

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9. Bush Used False Evidence to Justify The Iraq War

Leading up to the Iraq war, President Bush used questionable information from dubious sources to convince Congress and the American people that we needed to go to war in Iraq. He claimed in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from the country of Niger even though the CIA concluded that it was untrue.

Bush later claimed that Iraq acquired aluminum tubes which could only be used for building nuclear weapons. But U.S. intelligence confirmed before the war that the tubes had nothing to do with any nuclear program.

He rejected information from his own weapons inspectors that he sent into Iraq who told him that Iraq had no nuclear weapons program.

He also claimed there was a direct connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda even though the CIA and NSA said there was no such connection.

10. Bush Started the Two Longest Wars in US History

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After initially overthrowing the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Bush withheld troops and resources from that war to prepare for the war in Iraq. This allowed the Taliban to retake large portions of Afghanistan within two years.

The Iraq war was arguably the single biggest foreign policy blunder in US history. After sending hundreds of thousands of Americans off to war with the promise of a quick victory, these wars dragged on for years costing thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars. The overthrow of Iraq led to the creation of several Islamic militant groups and a lengthy civil war that completely destabilized the entire Middle East region.

The most direct result of the war was an increase in worldwide terrorism.

11. Bush and Cheney allowed war profiteers like Halliburton to make billions on the war.

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After the invasion of Iraq, Halliburton, which had given Dick Cheney a $40 million severance package, received a huge contract to run the Iraqi oil fields without having to bid against any competitors.

Halliburton made at least $39 billion over the course of the Iraq war and overcharged the government tens of millions of dollars. Cheney’s stock options in Halliburton earned him millions of dollars after he became vice president.

President Bush looking out the window of Air Force One observing the devastation of hurricane Katrina.
President Bush looking out the window of Air Force One observing the devastation of hurricane Katrina. | Source

12. Bush Was Painfully Slow in Responding to Hurricane Katrina

While thousands died and tens of thousands were struggling to survive due to the flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, President Bush continued with his planned vacation schedule.

After the levees broke and New Orleans flooded, Bush sprang into action by flying to Arizona where he gave a birthday cake to Sen. John McCain and promoted his Medicare Drug program. That evening Bush received another request from Louisiana Gov. Blanco for more help. She did not get a reply.

While thousands of stranded people in New Orleans were still waiting in vain to be rescued, President Bush flew to San Diego to give a speech about Iraq. Later he played guitar with a country singer before returning to his ranch in Texas.

On the third day Bush returned to Washington where he was photographed looking out the window of Air Force One at the devastation below.

13. Bush Frequently Violated the U.S. Constitution

  • He violated the 4th Amendment when he authorized the NSA to illegally wiretap American citizens’ phones without a warrant.
  • He further violated the Constitution when he managed to get a provision into the Patriot Act giving him sole authority to imprison people indefinitely without due process of law.
  • He violated the 8th Amendment (in addition to US laws and international treaties) by authorizing the torture of detainees who had not even been charged with any crime (not to mention that torture is the most ineffective and unreliable method of getting information).

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14. Bush Was a Health & Environmental Catastrophe

George W. Bush broke his campaign promise to enact stricter emissions standards for carbon dioxide, relaxing standards that enabled polluters to put more toxins such as mercury into our atmosphere. He relaxed clean water standards to allow higher levels of arsenic and mercury in our drinking water, and weakened workplace health and safety standards to benefit big corporations.

In 2003, Bush gutted the Clean Air Act so that energy companies could substantially increase the amount of pollution generated by older energy generating plants.

15. Bush Misled Congress About the Costs of Medicare Part D

In 2003, Congressional leaders refused to support the Medicare Prescription Drug bill if it exceeded $400 billion. So President Bush told them it would cost exactly $400 billion. We now know that Bush was aware that the actual cost would be over $550 billion (cost estimates eventually reached $1.2 trillion). Medicare official Richard Foster was even threatened with termination of his job if he revealed the true cost of the bill to Congress.

Ironically, the same Republicans in Congress who voted for the Medicare Prescription expansion which added over a trillion dollars to our debt, voted against Obamacare which actually reduces the deficit.

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16. Bush Lowered America’s World Standing

Most of America’s traditional allies condemned the invasion of Iraq and the use of torture on detainees. The Iraq war inspired unprecedented hatred for America in much of the world. Even US allies like Egyptian president Hosni Mubarik said the Iraq war “will create a hundred more Osama bin Ladens”.

In 2004, former Air Force chief of staff, General Tony McPeak said President Bush had "alienated our friends, damaged our credibility around the world, reduced our influence to an all-time low in my lifetime and given hope to our enemies."

After leaving office, President Bush even had to cancel a trip to Switzerland due to large-scale protests calling for him to be arrested.

Any of Those Reasons Would Have Justified Impeachment

And we haven’t even mentioned doubling the price of gasoline, exploiting 9/11 for political gain, setting the record for most time spent on vacation, cutting veterans benefits, suppressing scientific findings about global warming, flying in hecklers to disrupt the 2001 recount in Florida, refusing to testify under oath before the 9/11 commission, outing a covert CIA agent for political reasons and leaving office with a 30% job approval rating.

Yes, Other Presidents Have Had Failures

James Polk started the Mexican-American War under false pretenses. Many historians blame President James Buchanan’s weak leadership for the Civil War, leading some to consider him the worst president in history. Herbert Hoover presided over the economic crash of the Great Depression. Lyndon Johnson escalated the Vietnam War. Nixon and Reagan had more people in their administrations convicted of serious crimes than any other presidents.

Yet none of these men, not even Buchanan, failed so thoroughly at so many different aspects of their job as George W. Bush

There's Only One Inescapable Conclusion

We are all influenced by our own political bias, including this author. But setting political opinions aside and just looking at the facts, it's hard to imagine any other American president who inherited a better overall national and international situation while leaving the country in more dismal shape than George W. Bush.

Who is the Worst?

Which of these do you think is the worst president in the past 50 years?

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Before you leave any comments, read this note.

This article was not intended to be a detailed analysis of all US presidents to determine who was the worst among them.

This article is an explanation of why the author believes George W. Bush to be the worst president in history. It mentions some other presidents who are often regarded as having done a poor job, but it was written specifically for the purpose of discussing the George W. Bush presidency.

The opinion poll at the end of the article exists primarily for the purpose of measuring the reader’s views, but it is not by any means a scientific poll of a cross section of the American people and it has nothing to do with the content of the article.

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      Joshi 10 months ago

      You must be blind GAR as G. W. Bush came in at 65% as worst President and Obama came in at 19% look more closely at the graph above. Read all what it says about Bush as well.

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      ewent 12 months ago

      For the first time in U.S. history, you have Republicans thinking for us, making high handed decisions without a shred of consideration for our right to judge those decisions or voice opinions in protest.

      I never really hated George W. Bush. Rather, I always felt sorry for him. He was merely the vehicle by which Richard Cheney could run a back room presidency. Anyone who ever read Cheney's bios would see that clearly.

      George W. Bush was never cut out for leadership of a nation like the U.S. Cheney, former CEO of Halliburton began what would lead to the presidency of one maniacal, egotistical Donald Trump.

      Once you put a CEO in as president, you no longer have a government of the people, for the people, by the people. You have high handed MEN who believe in their own selfish, self-centered, self-important power and greed.

      When Michael Bloomberg, one of the top 7 wealthiest men in the US. (Trump isn't even in the to 10. He like George Soros is in the top 400 according to Forbes.), said, Donald Trump is a "menace." I should think that former mayor of NY City, Bloomberg knows what he is talking about.

      Now the southern and midwestern Republicans got what they asked for. What they won't get is more Dem state funding to keep their states afloat. Already several Dem states plan to cut federal funding to Trump World states. It is a simple matter of not flushing it to the GOP majority in the House. So there you go.

      This election was clearly rigged by men who lust for power and nothing else. Of course, to be more powerful, you have to make the masses obey like good little doggies.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 12 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      The Republicans rigged the election of 2016 and fixed the campaign so Hillary couldn't win. Here's how. Back in the year 2000, TX had only 23 electors in the Electoral College. By magic in 2016, they had 34. The Republican states believe we up north are all as "ignernt" as they are. We know that by alterning the voting districts on redistricting maps, they knew they had control of the Electoral College.

      Here is what is so wrong with that. The Founding Fathers felt that the Electoral College was needed so that states with the smallest populations would have as much electoral power as states with the largest populations.

      But look at what the Republican states have done. They found a loophole is using redistricting maps so they would end up with the most voting districts and by association, the most electors.

      This they hope no one will catch on to. Now, a state like RI, can divy up their voting districts so they end up with twice the number TX has. If that's the only way we can get them to play fair, so be it.

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      jeff61b 12 months ago

      Most likely this article will need to be revised in two or three years. By 2018 I expect there could be a new worst president in history.

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      Sergeant Prepper 12 months ago

      I am walking on sunshine & dancing on the ceiling because soon the very worst president(?) ever, BHO, is finally on his way out. God bless Trump!

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      johan smulders 12 months ago

      Perhaps the worst is still to come? What a mess the elections were! That is viewed from outside the USA in a country with our own leadership problems!

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 12 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Hey! WelbyMD...GWB IS the worst but then, as you know phony med man...He never was your president, was he? You had Cheney running the entire 8 years of the Bush presidency. Want proof?

      Cheney sent Bush around the country for 18 months campaigning from state to state to get the Iraq war off the ground. Where was Cheney on 9/11? In an underground bunker safe and sound while Bush had to fly back on AirForce One hoping there were no more terrorists in the skies.

      If all you have is spite, you need to grow up.

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      Demian Hammock 12 months ago

      America is in panic. After World War Two, it was really the only kid on the block as a result unprecedented economic growth.

      Now the Berlin Wall has come down and Europe is in play again in major way. China is a factor etc…

      More importantly it is not about the decline of the American Empire it is about the decline of Nationalism.

      Mainly because of the internet, funds can changes hands in seconds around the World.

      People like George W Bush are in such panic to keep America number one, but the only card they seem to know how to play is the military card.

      Also if America is no longer the Gold Standard who is?

      America might have its problems but it is not China.

      Also a logo on a hat that says “Make America Great Again” won’t work, especially if that hat is made in China and the person wearing is a maniac e.g. Donald Trump.

      Comments By: Demian Hammock.

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      Sherri Auditor 12 months ago

      I didn't vote Obama for the worst but he's a close second. The worst was definitely George W. Bush.

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      Baruch 14 months ago

      Bush was a terrible president...he's stupid, lacks empathy, is corrupt, comes from a Nazi family, he's a terrible human being, a mass murdering psycho. Obama is right there with him however. Obama is smart, clever, tactical, but also utterly corrupt, lacking in empathy, in service to an agenda of world domination and population reduction, eco-cidal and a consummate liar.

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      Kevin Graham 14 months ago

      Once you people realized we have been duped by this Kenyan-born usurper it will be too late to do anything about it. BHO has destroyed our nation. Not even Trump will save us now. ONLY Jesus provides salvation.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 14 months ago from Philippines

      Nice to see an analysis based on data instead of on prejudice.

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      jeff61b 14 months ago

      George -

      Almost none of what you stated was true. My first clue should have been when you called the Civil War the War of Northern Aggression. Everything after that was equally silly.

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      George 14 months ago

      Is it not the times that make or break a President? We remember Lincoln due to the War of Northern Aggression, we remember Roosevelt for WWII and so on. Therefore, those with tougher problems face decisions without a road map which at times causes a wrong turn. But at least there is a willingness to turn. Others come in with no problems and create their own. Then instead of owning up to the down-hill slide they attempt to cover it up. Since I love history, this question of the worst President was thoughtful. My selection is based on the inception of this country to its present structure. For the simple reason of creating a godless society that projects man above God, Obama gets my vote. With all the promotion of that which is evil, Mr. Barrack has torn this country from its foundation. And when the foundations are crumbling, how will anyone be able to stand. Our founding fathers would not even recognize the character of this nation as it flounders on the sea of stormy changes. History will get it right, that will be found, however, for us now there is no joy in Mudville for mighty Obama has struck out.

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      Tigre 15 months ago

      Obama is the only president who is trying to bring the US under the hegemony of foreign powers.

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      Eleanore G. Whitaker 15 months ago

      Ever notice how the only people who bash President Clinton are from Republican states? So let's look at what the Republican Majority in the House and Senate has done to their own states.

      Using their traditional "Big D" delay, defund, degrade, deny slash and burn tactics, their Republican states are all under water.

      Mind you, a single review of how much each of these states take for the $1 they pay in federal taxes is nearly 3 times what Dem states get in ROI.

      So..what exactly are Republican states doing with all of that money? Brownback in KS and Grassley in IA had to close school for lack of funding.

      No matter what any of the CONservatives say, their states have the lowest wages in the US, the highest records of poverty, the most on welfare and phony SSDI. Why? If you pay $1 and your ROI is like OK's for example, $1.65, just why do you need to close schools or cut funding to hospitals? Worse, "Big Rich Texas That Whole Other Country" gets $1.78 for their $1 in federal taxes. This doesn't begin to count their share of that $50 billion they get for border protection or the $17 billion they get for Big Oil.

      President Obama entered office with Bush's 2nd term recession. Awfully strange isn't it? Every Republican president, except Eisenhower, since Warren Harding had a 2nd term recession. Only GHWB didn't and ONLY because no one trusted him to a 2nd term.

      So when you hear or see posts from lunatic fringe wingers bashing the Clinton Economic boom, you know they come from the Corn Pone and Mutton Chops Republican states.

      They are morons who just don't get it. They vote Republicans into office and for that they get sharecropper or Walmartian wages that Walmart supplements by telling their workers to collect welfare. They dump the cost of their healthcare onto phony SSDI or worse, cause our premiums to go sky high. They stupidly continue to invest in fossil fuels which are about as passe as it gets and then insists that they will drill your backyard if they please. But, sharecropper and Walmartian wages somehow always are just enough to buy that bull nosed Bully Boy pickup brand new and an arsenal of weapons.

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      Ron 15 months ago

      Bottom line is every president in history has done good and bad things.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 15 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      One day, the FEC will come clean about just how Bush was re-elected in 2004. The reality is deep, dark and dirtier than the oil soaked waters in the Gulf BP spill has ever been.

      The Republicans in 1996 loathed that then President Clinton had successfully and economically moved the country in a far more financially stable condition. They knew they HAD to put a GOP president in the White House in 2000, come hell or high water. They got their high water when Bush handed an accountant, Michael Brown, the job of FEMA director and caused the deaths of Americans in Hurricane Katrina.

      The Republicans knew that the ONLY way they would EVER get another GOP president in the White House was with hanging chads, uncounted college student voters votes and any other manipulation of elections they had to use for the ends to justify the means.

      Sadly, in 2010, the won a House Majority and immediately loaded every financial committee with their GOP chairmen. Why else would a nobody like Paul Ryan be named head of the House Ways and Means Committee and then become Speaker of the House?

      The GOP knows that if they control your money, they control you. Don't wonder why you know have a nutbag like Donald Trump trying to turn your government into his personal corporate empire.

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      Mae Merriweather aka Boss Lady Mae 15 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      You're right on the money with your assessment of George W. Bush's Presidency. Too bad so many fault Barack Obama when he pulled us all from the cliff that we were going off. He did a lot that he doesn't get credit for doing. He had the Republicans who blocked everything he tried to do so his Presidency would be a failure and that is what the people don't understand who judge him so harshly. Blame the Republicans for things not being better because of their 8 years of being obstructionists.

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      Alan Gordon 15 months ago

      He should at least have his pension withdrawn. He should have to face some kind of accountability, wouldn't you think?

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      Shirl 15 months ago

      I've always said Bush was the worst president, he really didn't do anything good!! On the other hand his dad, first president Bush started the terror situation by cruise missels going into Iraq. They have hated us since. Then George Bush finished the bad situation by two

      Unnessessary wars. They both caused the bad situation this nation and world are in now.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 15 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Matthew, I'm guessing your bigotry disallows you to consider intelligence, wisdom and where YOU were economically back in 2008 when Bush in his 8th year of his presidency AND with his Harvard MBA never saw that Sept. 2008 financial meltdown coming.

      I'm also guessing you'll be the first to go from your bigotry to gender bias now that your Orange Man Trump is 6 points below Hillary's poll numbers? You plan on raging against women next? How about it's time you big baby males grow the hell up?

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      WelbyMD 16 months ago

      GWB might have been the worst but then came this usurper BHO.

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      Jean 16 months ago

      President George Bush was absolute the worst! A lot of people died or suffered tremedously under Bush presidency! President Obama demonstrate strength and courage which helped him to get the work done that Bush mess up!! A black President to the rescue! We may not never get a good leader like President Obama! He certainly was one of United States best President! I salute him becaue never got the respect he deserve by the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLICANS!

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      Lynn D. Baker 16 months ago

      There is a good chance that those people who voted Pres. Obama as the worst President in history, or either racist, or they just don't do fact checks. By the records, (provable facts), Pres. Obama is one of the strongest Presidents in the history of this country.

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      karen 16 months ago

      So good to see all this in print!!!!

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      Mark Mathison 16 months ago

      I vote for Woodrow Wilson as the worst. He tipped over too many dominos that continue to cause damage today.

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      Brandon 16 months ago

      How about the presidents that allowed slavery. Bush is a saint compared to them

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      Jim 16 months ago

      How can anyone write an article like this ignoring the catastrophic presidency of Barack Obama? Bush wasn't perfect by any means, but he is far from the worst president. We know this, especially after nearly 8 years of experience with Obama. I don't know where this silly "Soapboxie" came from, but it must be part of the liberal/progressive/Marxist/Democrat/communist propaganda machine. Unbelievable! And of course you get the results you're seeking in the poll, after people read and believe this crap.

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      Michael 16 months ago

      I don't know if he was the worst. But this article ignores a few important facts to try and throw more shade on what was already a fairly bad Presidency, and I can't stand the pile-on mentality when the facts speak for themselves. I'm no Bush apologist. I never voted for him, but fair is fair.

      No reasonable person could have predicted 9/11. If you are going to blame Bush for 9/11, you'd better be prepared to blame Obama for Benghazi, Clinton (Bill) for the the first WTC attack, Reagan for Beirut, and on and on. Did Clark warn? Sure. But Clinton could have picked up on it, too. It's not fair to blame Bush for not heeding the warning of a mid-level analyst. Easy to Monday morning quarterback. Try sitting in the Oval and grounding planes. Please.

      Clinton's bank deregulation led to the financial meltdown. Is it fair to blame Bush for Paulson and Geithner's response? Sure. But the problem started before Bush took office.

      The bailout itself was signed off by both Republicans and Democrats, if you recall. Candidate Obama even went to Washington and approved the bailout. Blaming Bush entirely isn't fair-- though he should take some heat, for certain.

      You left out perhaps the worst piece of legislation passed in 20 years: Medicare D, the prescription drug benefit. That legislation ballooned the deficit and accounted for the majority of the added debt prior to the financial meltdown. It was a Bush pet project that delivered horrible results and kicked off the $14 trillion in debt added by the past 2 Presidents.

      Some of Bush's badness came from just plain bad luck. Of course he compounded the problems a lot of the time, but the guy got hit with more bad news than any President perhaps in modern history.

      I didn't like George Bush. I never voted for him. I still can't remember what I did with my $300 tax rebate, can you? The locked box approach Gore pushed for Social Security today seems like a more sensible solution. But let's not pile on, either, and twist facts to make him look worse than perhaps he really was.

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      Lara 16 months ago

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      Bruce 16 months ago

      Clinton's "surpluses" were nothing more than supremely extravagant borrowing over and above what was absolutely necessary to cover the normal expenditures-exceeding-revenues that has been the order of the day since at least Hoover's administration.

      Everything that we hate Obama for - the wars, the cronyism, the "stimulus" and "bailout" spending that was nothing more than paying off well-connected cronies while raping the Treasury, the abuse of government agencies to harass political opponents - Dubya did first.

      Overall it's hard to pick a "worst" or "best" President given the artificial constraint of the last 50 years. I'd toss out FDR and Lincoln in a tie for "worst" and maybe Cleveland or Coolidge as "best", but then I've always been contrarian by inclination.

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      Susan G. 16 months ago

      I can only agree that W. was the worst president ever. I wish I could be around in 100 years to see what history concludes. His recent antics a a certain memorial service say it all to me.

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      Jolyte 16 months ago

      My European friends simply cannot understand the following phenomenon: it was a mistake to vote for George W. the first time; but why the country repeated the mistake a second time is beyond anyone's understanding.

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      Ed 16 months ago

      President Obama confronted such a profound economic crisis on the first day in office. The banking system was collapsing, the two big automotive companies were near bankruptcy, unemployment was rising and the housing market was in a free fall. It was Obama’s policies, enacted into law despite unprecedented Republican obstruction, that helped turn the economy around. Obama solved many of the problems he inherited. What I liked the most about him is how he inspired people with his words, and articulated a clear vision for the nation. To me, he is one of the greatest presidents!

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      Geary what is your comment 16 months ago

      What is your comment Geary

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      Susan rowe 16 months ago

      The best president with a lot of knowledge is President Obama he fixed all the mess that republican left how stupid is that .they all stupid no brain at all.

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      Ron Flowers 16 months ago

      George W. Bush was the worst in my lifetime. Nixon was close, but he didn't do nearly as much harm to the country as George W.

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      Leonard Marks 16 months ago

      Personally, I believe that James Buchanon was the worst president we ever had but for the period of my life - Truman to Obama - it had to be Carter. He was the weakest, he couldn't even convince his own church where he taught Sunday school while president to accept Blacks, the economy was a mess and if he'd been in office longer than four years some other country would probably have invaded us and taken us over.

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      Dave 16 months ago

      Obviously Blue State Leftist Progression- Fascist Neocon site.

      You Forgot BO as # 1

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      Terry 16 months ago

      Comments regarding FDR are not correct and he was certainly not our worst president, but rather one of the best.

      Comments regarding Roosevelt ending the gold standard are not entirely accurate. The program was done in phases. The government held the $35 per ounce price until August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, thus completely abandoning the gold standard.

      In modern times, Bush and Reagan take the award for worst presidents based on economic markers.

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      Rick 17 months ago

      Well, considering how miserably G.W. performed his presidential duties, perhaps it is a BLESSING he took so many vacation days. Imagine what other dire consequences to which he may have led us!

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      Cindy 17 months ago

      George w. Bush by far is the worst President.

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      Horace Henry 17 months ago

      Someone asked why President Obama's name did not show up on the graphs. The answer is, he is still president and his history is not complete yet.

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      Jerry Kulland 17 months ago

      The housing collapse was caused deregulation set by Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich was responsible for the budget surplus. He drug Clinton through all the walfare cuts kicking and screaming. This article defiantly has an agenda..

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      Frank 17 months ago

      Your ignorance and bias is obvious. No mention of the ABSOLUTE worst president. FDR.

      1) Prolonged the Great depression by continuing Hoover's policies of tinkering with the economy.

      2) Took us off the Gold Standard.

      3) When the economy was just beginning to rebound in 1936, he raised taxes. We went from 12% unemployment , back up to 20%

      4) Got us out of the depression by getting us into history's greatest war. 500'000 dead!

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      Wilbur 17 months ago

      I saw misinformation, mistakes, and outright lies in each one of the authors points. Just one example, pelosi wrote the budget for 2009 and never even sent it to Bush to sign or veto. Instead she waited until Obama was inaugurated and sent it to him to sign. Every point has cherry picked information to support the left wing agenda. Nothing more than a propaganda hit piece against Bush.

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      Harlan Thacker 17 months ago

      When I see other stories by this author and one is titled "Why Ronald Reagan was a Terrible President", it's very obvious this author has an enormous agenda.

      While Bush did not do a good job by any means, his weaknesses and failures pale in comparison to double digit inflation, double digit unemployment, mortgage interest rates of 18-19%, and/or gas lines of an hour or longer. All of which happened under the real worst President in any of our lifetimes, Jimmy Carter.

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      老虎 龙 17 months ago

      Did anyone else notice that in the graphs presented that Obama isn't shown? Curious, isn't it?

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      Mojoso 17 months ago

      Clinton are unscrupulous in their actions and continue to enslave the empovered. Remember is was the Republicans that freed the slaves.

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      Ed Davis 17 months ago

      All the so called claims for why some think President G.W. Bush was not successful , have all been answered and repudiated. The majority of the set backs were because of a war that was being fought to keep America safe. That was cost money but the stakes were higher if we risked not responding to being attacked. The information that was gathered about why we went to war with Iraq was known and agreed upon by just about everybody. It was the best information that we had at the time. Even Saddam's own general thought they had weapons of mass destruction.

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      Chris Anziano 17 months ago

      First when Bush was voted into office we were in a recession. Second some of Clintons policies and he admitted it helped cause the Great Recession. Like deregulating banks as an example.

      Policies like Nafta are letting our jobs move to Mexico. If Bill clinton killed Bin Laden when He had the chance after the World trade Center car bombing in 1993 maybe 9/11 wouldnt have happened.

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      David NICHOLS 17 months ago

      Deflection 101... Keep beating this dead horse and maybe you can keep the sheeple from noticing just how bad BHO has been for America...or how much worse HRC would be...!

      Keep looking back so you can't absorb what's happening in front of you.!

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      Red Graham 17 months ago

      Clinton's impeachment & conviction for Perjury obviously makes him the worst. This treasonous usurper BHO couldn't legally be elected Dogcatcher.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 17 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      If Donald Trump is the sum total of what American men are today, this country is in deep trouble.

      All it took was for an intelligent, accomplished, power woman to run for president to show how some very childish, spiteful, belligerent ment act when they don't get their way. Now more than ever their gauntlet is bloodied.

      The Republican party is split in two thanks to these micro tyrants all trying to be "boss." The Tea Party did its job so well with their slash and burn that more than half a dozen southern and midwestern states are squealing like stuck pigs that they are out of money and are shutting their schools and hospitals. This, after this segment of the pie gets back more than the $1 they pay in federal taxes? Smells like yesterday's fish dinner.

      Once you consider how many Big Oil pipelines run through the US (according to the US Oil Industry 1.6 million miles in the US) and all of the U.S. oil in the Middle East, you see why there are endless wars. Afghanistan War is 15 years old. The longest war in U.S. history. This isn't a war. It's the military industrialist states using that word "war" to get more than their fair share of federal tax revenues.

      Bush was never president. Cheney was. The RNC refused to put Cheney out there when he requested the chance in 1994. After that mess with Nixon, the GOP would NEVER again allow any GOP president to make his own decisions. Ergo, President Cheney in the back room. Sorry boys...you got hoodwinked.

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      dave 17 months ago

      obama has turned america into a third world .spends money more than all the previous presidents.and has caused more americans to be killed by americans than any president in history.

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      USA 17 months ago

      The Clinton economic boom, Really? This was the Reagan boom

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 18 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      GWB's father traded arms to the Contras and his son, immediately in January 2001 shredded ALL of the documents to save his father's bacon. Where was the outcry about that?

      GWB should never have been president and wouldn't have EVER been if the GOP was so hot to make good on the deal between Cheney and Halliburton and the military industrialists who can't live without endless wars.

      If I had a choice of telling a child which president's example they should follow, it wouldn't be Bush's or his Kinder Gentler to Corporate Cronies Daddy. It wouldn't be the Burglar Nixon or Reagan with his Trickle UP economics. It would be President Clinton or President Obama. Men of success...not men of skankage.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 18 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Well let's see now...Warren Harding, a Republican President had the Tea Pot Dome Scandal when Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall tried to sell off public land for pennies on the dollars. He ended up in prison. Then, Republican President Herbert Hoover played fast and loose with taxpayer revenues so Wall Street could speculate themselves into the Crash of '29 where 6 of the top CONs ended up in prison or committed suicide.

      Nixon of WaterGate Fame resigned in disgrace. Reagan ended his 2nd term with a massive recession and unemployment. Bush '41 a one termer managed in his 4 years a recession on the heels of the Reagan recession. No doubt the CON men can blame Obama for that right boys?

      Then, comes the back room presidency of one President Richard Cheney. The mastermind of a no bid contract with his former Halliburton CEO job tucked in for good measure and GWB sent out on the Iraq War campaign trail for 18 months. Got him out from under Cheney's big feet in that back room though. Didn't do much for the outing of the CIA agent, using Congressional pages as sex toys, handing off $12 billion lost somewhere in Iraq which to this day has NEVER been accounted for. Oh and let's not forget how the GOP CON boys managed to miss all the red flag warnings about al Qaeda that handed us 9/11 and Brown's FEMA mess with Katrina or the numerous embassy bombings.

      You boys really need to retrofit your brains. Your convenient memories are lost on those of us whose taxes paid for your Republican screw ups.

      Not to worry, OK, TX, LA, KS, IA and WVA are all chomping at the bit on the beggar's line for more of our hard earned tax dollars.

      Sorry...not this time. Corn Pone Kings and Mutton Chops need to break a sweat first.

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      SamT 18 months ago

      Agreed with other comments up here. If these are the criteria by which you account a presidency, the CURRENT Obama administration WILL be the worst.. And you will have to re-calibrate all your charts to accommodate the HUGE deficit numbers.

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      William 18 months ago

      With all the assults on U.S. Troops including the U.S.S Cole, Bill Clinton did nothing for us except rule over the policies of his predisessor.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 18 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Some men in the US today are showing their willful, spiteful little boy sides to their overdoted, overindulged personalities. They hate the president, hate the government, hate the Constitution and hate anyone who dares disagree with them. Who raised these men?

      First, Trump marries a foreigner who was a Playboy centerfold and not a single one of these willful little boys can do more than attack Michelle Obama for daring to bare her shoulders. When Melania bared it all?

      Let's not pretend that calling a much admired power woman like Senator Elizabeth Warren, "Pocahontas" wasn't a ploy spiteful little boys ALWAYS use to distract from the now imprisoned former Speaker of the House, Hastert, a known pedophile these boys not once EVER outed. But let's bash Senator Warren right?

      As for Hillary Clinton, these are men who are desperate to continue to have the last word over women. Not going to happen of course but that doesn't stop them from doing all they can, no matter how low they have to stoop to get rid of the world's most powerful woman so she won't give other women ideas about taking the power away from these spiteful little boys.

      When you call a woman names to reduce her in the eyes of the world who knows more about her best qualities and successes, all you do is show how pathetic control freak men are willing to get.

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      MATTHEW 18 months ago

      Bush wasnt the greatest but obama has destroyed america culturally, morally, and economically! There is more racism today than there ever was with bush!! Obama is a parasite that continues to suck yhe lofe out of america and breathe it into the terrorist muslim islamic nation! HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY!!!

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 18 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      On May 18, 2016, PRESIDENT William Jefferson Clinton had this to say about President Obama, "No other president in U.S. History, including me, has EVER restored the country's economy in just 4 years."

      William Jefferson Clinton, Rhodes Scholar, Governor of Arkansas and President of the US has stated a fact some of the slugs in this country are loathe to admit. Cowards are like that. If a coward has to admit they are responsible for the January 2009 DOL report that stated from 2004 to 2009, 8 Million Americans lost jobs due to the Bush policies, a coward will try to blame anyone but themselves.

      Now, we have a President who is admired, respected and honored by leaders around the world and only our slug coward Americans cannot find a single thing he has done right. Stay in your silly Neanderthal caves you cowards. No one wants another 8 more years of the Gloom and Doom, Slash and Burn that only slashed and burned your freeloader states and your Haterade boozing.

      You want proof of how hideous the Tea Party is? Now, they spawned Donald Trump, a billionaire who is likely the most dangerous man to ever run for president. I hope you boys and girls of the right don't for a second believe he will allow you more than a whimper...Not with that mouth.

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      Mama Morin 18 months ago

      Of all that Obama has done... It's dividing our nation apart that got me. We could live in hardships together but not apart. We could all live and grow together...but not separated and divided. We could tolerate each other, but not pushed deeper into government control. We are now divided but on the same chain. We are now unprotected, controlled, and starved for freedom. We are in fact...enslaved.

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      mark s 18 months ago

      anybody see that the ratings stop at the Bush presidency ? Lets extend it out to the 8 years of Obama !!

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      chuck baker 18 months ago

      this is all propaganda that leaves out all the relevant facts no wonder left wingers are all so misinformed,,,,bullshit for one thing during bush we increased the debt by 5 trillion Obama increased same debt by over 10 trillion. Bush had seven years of prosperity with one bad year Obama has so far never had a quarter with over three percent job growth, Obama used the IRS to persecute his political opponants. jesus you guys need to read a little or watch the news sometimes

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      John Botsford 18 months ago

      I picked GWB for the worst but I think LBJ was second brcause he killed so many Anericans.

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      TheCod 18 months ago

      The essence of what you say above is true, However, so are the errors of Bill Clinton, etc in setting up the 2001 collapse, which can not be blamed on "W." Most else can, however.

      What about Andrew Johnson - long considered or worst (before "W") - Why is he not on the list?

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      Dragonfly 18 months ago

      I've read the esponces here. Tell me, for all those that say Obama is the worst, why? Because hes black? Democrat? Or both? You don't say why. We all know bush and what he did, you refuse to see it.

      Ewent is correct. Bush was a lame duck president that spent most of his time on vacation.

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      Mary Ann Arlotta 18 months ago

      There is one thing about Katrina, it wasn't that Bush didn't act fast enough, it was the range of help that was needed. There was 5 states affected by this hurricane. It's not that he didn't act fast enough it took time to reach everybody affected.

      As far as Iraq, this country and Europe practically begged Bush not to go in, he made up his mind and nothing was going to stop him, the U.S. has been there ever since.

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      Gunny Cracker 18 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      The economy GWB had at the beginning of his administration was set-up so we could afford to give out huge military recruitment bonuses, buy a lot of military equipment, BOTTLED-WATER and go to war again. The exorbitant Obamacare taxes are being used mainly to finance World War Three. And the ACA is being used to keep track of EVERY American until the RFID veri-chip implantations can be mandated.

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      Kramar 18 months ago from USA

      if trump makes it, he will be the worst ever

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      Buck 18 months ago

      No where did I see other Presidents seeing a direct attack against the US other than FDR than did George W. He never had time to initiate his own programs. We had the opportunity to get Bin Ladden in the Clinton administration but he failed to act. Our ship was attacked and many good men lost their lives and he did nothing. Clinton inherited the Budget surplus from the Reagan's time in office. Whose the worst Presidents - Clinton, second worst Carter, Third Worst Obama.

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      Michael Conte 18 months ago

      Your overall theme is based on Bush inheriting an overall solid national economy and a good international situation which makes him the worst. What you fail to account for is the accounting principles and the deregulation of the banks in the 90's set up disaster in both the stock and housing markets. Regarding your international call if you remember we had France selling cars for oil to Iraq and Al Qaeda growing bc of Clinton dismissed him. Your only accurate statement is that you are biased otherwise pretty much a waste of a read if you don't factor in the above.

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      G.K 18 months ago

      How about we look who was in congress during those times. There lies the answer.

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      Levi 18 months ago

      Here we go again everything is bush's falt. Who signed the NAFTA? (The national free trade agreement) Clinton Did, that allowed all of our manufacturing jobs to go overseas and single-handedly destroy the one dollar bill. So you say Bush was the worst person ever, I say you're wrong Clinton was because what he has done still effects us today.

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      Alma cornwell 19 months ago

      This is pure bull manure!! Who makes up this mess. Look to today's whitehouse for the worst!

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      Gunny Cracker 19 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      Susie & the SFC know the score.

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      Gerri 19 months ago

      Ewent kudos :-):-) you laid it down.

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      Brelado 19 months ago

      Those of you blaming Obama for world collapse need to do something in protest! I know-- immediately revert to George Bush prices at the gas tank! That should show nasty Obama! From this day forward, please pay no less than $4.00 per gallon every time you fill up. That will show him how much he sucks!! And if you got a new job or bought a house with lower interest rates during the last eight years-- another opportunity ! Quit that job immediately and walk away from your house-- just get up, get dressed, and walk out the door. Leave everything. How dare he get programs in place to create jobs and pull the economy out of the recession! Who does he think he and his black ass are to do something like that for you? Send him and his Muslim religion back to Africa!! Don't let you or your kids benefit!! Oh-- one more-- if you've gotten health care when you had none before- please repay the doctors and hospitals the full amount they would have charged you. They could use the money(and you'll stick it to Obama right in that black ass again!!)

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 19 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Lefties are not the ones who need to "grow up." Let's look at the last two presidencies to see all those "gifts" the right wing conservatives have given their country:

      1. George W. Bush

      2. Dick Cheney

      3. $350 billion in profit to Halliburton for a war we didn't need or want

      4. a CIA scandal

      5. A Texas Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzalez forced to resign for hiring ONLY Republicans to create "Republican Law"

      6. The Scooter Libby Fall on His Sword for Karl Rove Scandal

      7. The sneaky Keystone "done deal" that isn't and never will be

      8. VP Cheney running a back room presidency with Bush as the frontman

      9. The sex scandals with the Congressional pages, the VA Sen. with the Venezuelan love child and mistress, the GOP Sen caught in a "lewd act" in a Minneapolis airport men's room and the only recently discovered Hastert pedophilia.

      10. Texas Tom DeLay and his Abramoff Caper

      11. Kenny Boy Lay and Jeff Skilling of Enron infamy

      12. The Great Recession in the 8th year of a Harvard MBA's presidency

      And the righties and CONmen think their boys in Congress weren't busy? Sure they were. Busy getting paid to obstruct another Democratic presidency while their hands were in the federal till.

      But, the best part? Texas and 20 other states are threatening secession. Go ahead..do it. Texas is No. 2 in states that get back the most for the $1 they pay in federal taxes. So..we'll be saving money not having to pay Big Oil's $17 billion in tax subsidies and now that they need FEMA money, they better secede because the Confederacy will be on its own for all those state-created disasters.

      And wonder of wonders, Texas and Arizona will get that wall they've been begging for after all...the invisible wall of shunning by the rest of the states for trying to ram their stupid religion and politics down our throats when they pay less and get more and we get less and pay more. Picture this...Texas going toe to toe with Mexico who won't hesitate to reclaim Texas a Mexican land. No more pipelines..we can rip them all up and ship them back to Big Oil from whence they came. No more paying 50% of their oil spill fines or the clean up from their fracking.

      So..don't let the door out of the US hit you in your dumb Confederate butts.

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      SFC E7 Vernon Shoemaker (Ret SIGINT Analyst ) 19 months ago

      Not only is he the worst President in US history, he is the ONLY President that should be serving a Life in Prison sentence for his crimes against humanity. He lied and cheated and caused so severe damage to the USA he should be tried, and executed for his treasonous action against the USA.

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      Debbie Lewis 19 months ago

      The United States is by far worst off with Obama in office. The world thinks he is a joke and he has no back bone! Time will show just how bad he has been for our country! We all will sit on the blisters!!!! If his mouth is moving he is lying. Most divisive president ever and his actions do not line up with his words. Talk a good game but behind it all he is spear heading something different. We will see.... Haven't seen any hope and only bad changes so far!! Watch out!!!

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      Susie 19 months ago

      EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNOWS THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY, THIS POLL IS A JOKE!!!

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      jack 19 months ago

      If you think republican states are in such bad shape,kick us out. We would be glad to be rid of your sorry asses. If Hillary is elected we will leave anyway and you idiots can be on your own. As for Obambam we hate his policies, personal conduct, and beliefs. As for hating him because he is black that is ridiculous. He isn't black, he is just passing black.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 19 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      The men and women who are so obviously in conflict with the rest of the countries of the world who respect and admire President Obama only prove these men and women are scum of the earth. Sorry but when you cannot find a single thing this president has done that satisfies you, all you do is prove what educated people know..you have about as much self-respect as you have brains.

      If the accomplishment of this president get up your nose, maybe you think that George W. Bush was such a wonderful achiever? And if you do, that proves how little you achieve in your own personal lives.

      We all know that the Mutton Chops and Corn Pone Kings are Daddies Boys who grew up with Daddy always "guiding" them to paths of stupidity. Their mothers were women so financially dependent that their sons automatically had supremacy over them.

      Now as we all know the Big Bad Obama routine has made jackasses out of you Haterade guys and gals.

      If you think the true countrymen and women in the US will tolerate your bossy, overbearing BS for another 8 years, think again. Already there are 4 Republican states on their knees economically...MI, KS, IA and FL. Even Texas is beginning to rail against those swaggering, drawling BS artists they call politicians.

      So..go ahead...get together in a belligerent, tantrum pulling bunch of Daddies boys and Girls. But when "it" hits the fan for your states, don't you DARE expect our states to bail you out yet again. We did that after the Civil War and the Great Depression. Time to get your butts to work in REAL jobs not the fossil fuel pollution, prison and military industrial and the rest of your excuses to call them "jobs" they rest of the states are fed up paying for.

      If you want to see your state cut off from federal funds like NC for trying to insist your states' rights come before federal laws, go ahead. You'll end up with NOT one dime of federal funding from other states. It's call boycott the south and midwest till they shut they moron mouths and stop ramming their phony religions down our throats. We work. You preach. Too bad your gospels of righteousness only prove your scumbucket cultures stink.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 19 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      With the fact that Republicans are so hateful and vengeful toward Hillary Clinton, and the right wing Koch liars so ready to dig up any tiny insignificant lie they can to keep their so-called power, they miss one thing: This president is the most admired around the world. The only men and women in the US who hate him are so obviously bigots.

      GWB wasn't the president. Cheney was. The real dirty story behind Cheney's back room presidency goes back to the GOP during Nixon's resignation for his part in WaterGate. Never again would the GOP allow ANY GOP president to make their own decisions.

      So..the real Axis of evil was Cheney, Bush '41 and Rumsfeld. All 3 of these men were part of the Nixon and Reagan Administration in some capacity or other. Cheney was an aide to both Nixon and Reagan. Bush '41 was head of the CIA under Nixon and Reagan's VP.

      But the dirty little secret men of the right are loathe to admit is HOW Bush'41 got to be VP. He was behind Reagan's delay in the release of the Iran hostages and brokered the deal with the Iran Contras to illegally sell arms. Their cesspool began when Bush '41 was head of the CIA and the RNC decided to allow Reagan, already in the 1st state of Alzheimer's as the governor of CA to get Reagan's medical information. Anyone who believes the head of the CIA with ties to the FBI can't do that is a liar. So...the RNC had a presidential candidate who fit what they needed perfectly: Reagan whose mental faculties were already debilitated by Alzheimer's. Any missteps by Reagan and the all the GOP had to do was blame it on his illness.

      When Bush' 41 was sent to Iran to delay the release of the hostages until after the election to make it appear Reagan and not Carter whose CIA already made three hostage release attempts, successfully released the hostages.

      For his assistance, Bush' 41 was put out there for the presidency as his reward for his dutifulness to his party's back room. Unfortunately, as history shows, the screw up was Reagan's 2nd term recession that got worse with the One Term Bush '41 who lost to President Clinton.

      Meanwhile, the dastardly devil, Cheney in 1994 asked his party to put him out there for president. But, given his Nixonian style of making decisions on his own, the RNC demurred.

      Cheney had a better idea...he would take on the role of CEO of Halliburton in 1996 making a back room deal so Halliburton would supply an as yet undeclared war in Iraq. Why Iraq? To get revenge for the double crossing dealth to Bush '41 when the Contra deal went south.

      That Halliburton deal lasted until Cheney as Halliburton CEO approached the GOP to be Bush's VP. The GOP, never ones to miss an opportunity to keep their Republican military industrialist states from war profits, allowed Cheney to run as VP. That suited the GOP because they could still control any decisions a GOP president makes.

      And you thought the boys of the GOP slept a full 8 hours every night?

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      Jane Kelley 19 months ago

      Barry your arrogant ignorance makes it impossible to debate with you. Do have a nice day.

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      Barry Soetoro 19 months ago

      Almost EVERYTHING this stupid article said is wrong. Obama IS BY FAR The Worst American President. Obama doubled everything Bush did and let millions of illegals come into the US and help ruin it. Obama is a Muslim who hates US Exceptionalism ( not a monarchy or dictator ship)

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      Reality 20 months ago

      Ewent,

      The whole point of ACA (Obamacare) is subsidization. Most of those added are not paying for their own health care.

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      R. G. 20 months ago

      Did anyone remember Carter era has lines, 22% interest for homes, dealing with the Russia by boycotting the Olympics and the fact that Americans were held hostage for over a year in Iran? The economy was a joke. He works for Habitat for Humanity to assuage his guilt of the rise in homeless under his watch. Reagan saved the country after this bumpkin did damage. We need another Reagan to save the country again from Obama.

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      Craig 20 months ago

      Ewent. Do you realize how much of a moron you are?

      Or are you oblivious to it?

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 20 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      If President Obama is the worst black president you bigots hate so much. Maybe he should have allowed all 6 of the Too Big To Fail banks to do just that. Let them fail. Maybe you would have been happier if the 8 million unemployed from 2004 to 2008 according to the Dept. of Labor in 2008 remained unemployed?

      When people post lies and lies and lies about President Obama, you know why they do it...they hate any black man who is smarter and far more successful than any of you pathetic white males will ever be.

      Since 2009, 16 million formerly uninsured people can now afford to pay for their own healthcare insurance.

      And if your conservatism is so wonderful, tell us why Kansas had to shut down its schools before the official school year because Kansas couldn't afford to keep them open? Tell us why Snyder is on his knees in Michigan with billions in pollution fines for ignoring EPA regulations? Tell us why Iowa another conservative state is shutting down hospitals because it can't afford to keep them open?

      Tell us why Jindal so badly bankrupted his state in Lousiana that it is now begging a federal bailout to keep it afloat?

      Bush NEVER was president. Cheney was pulling all the strings from the back room but men like Sgt Peapster can't admit that all of you were bilked. Why else would Cheney send Bush on an 18 month campaign around the country if not to keep him out of the White House so Cheney could scheme for that no bid contract for Halliburton to supply the Iraq war that hadn't even begun?

      You liars need to grow up. No matter how much you bash this president, you cannot change history...Rumsfeld had to resign because of the flack over the lies about Iraq. Nanny Rice got soundly reamed by the 9/11 Commission for ignoring the Clinton Administration warnings about an al Qaeda attack..you can find that on any archive tape if you liars want more proof. Then, there was the Tom DeLay and Abramoff scandal to scam the Native Americans out of the profits at their casino. Ney? In a bathroom hunting down "prey." Meanwhile, Rover Boy and Cheney were busy outing a CIA agent. You liars sure live in fantasy land don't you Sgt. Peapers?

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      Gunny Cracker 20 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      The U.S. Department of State scrubbed the Presidential Eligibility Section 7 FAM 1131.6-2 from the Foreign Affairs Manual as the highly contested Presidential primaries are heating up in which several candidates have been challenged based on ineligibility due to not being Natural Born Citizens; one of the 3 eligibility requirements in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.

      www.birtherreport.com

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      Thay was nuts 20 months ago

      Delusional

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      Aaron 20 months ago

      You would have to be a complete moron, to think George W. Bush is the worst president. Think what you want, there are far worst presidents than Bush!

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 20 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      When some angry white males debase and degrade their own president, that tells the world more about them, as Americans, than it does President Obama. The President has already proven he is a mover and shaker even with such massive belligerence, rage and obstruction. For most Americans that is a positive, not a negative factor in what Americans believe a president should always be.

      When I tuned into a rabid conservative radio station this past week just to see what the lunatic extremists are up to, I found not one word of their distortions has changed since 2008 when the election was called in Obama's favor.

      What I did hear was a bit of fear of thes angry white males and females of neoconservatism bashing one of their own, Donald Trump. What I find funny about that is that these CONs are living in dread fear of being associated with a Republican Wheeler Dealer like Trump because of his big mouth...the same big mouths they've had for the past 7 1/2 years. They are afraid to appear to be what Trump is so publicly stating...his own inbred bigotry and elitism. So the COns are taking a step back because they are unwilling to be the first in the line of CONfederates starting a Civil War...shows you what cowards they really are.

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      Mark G 20 months ago

      Even if a given person disagrees with one, two, or four of the points raised above, that leaves nine, eight, or six that the person DOES agree with. That being said, I don't think Bush himself was evil, stupid, or destructive. However, he surrounded himself with people who were!.....and stubbornly refused to consider that fact, while continuing to trust their advice and, essentially, to do their bidding.

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      Gunny Cracker 20 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      Technically Kenyan-born, gay, commie, Indonesian, son of a porn-star, less than half-black, Moslem Obama was born a 100% British Subject and couldn't legally run for Dogcatcher. BHO is the "man of lawlessness" predicted in the Bible for these last days. Get used to it!