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


Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.


Note from the Author: This article was written before Donald Trump became president. At his current pace, Trump could very possibly set the standard for most awful president in history (not to mention most vulgar, most obnoxious, most childish, most petty, most self-pitying, etc). Please check back from time to time as Trump establishes a new benchmark for measuring how terrible a president can be.

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



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

Data gathered from Forbes Magazine

Data gathered from Forbes Magazine

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.


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.


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


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.

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

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.


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.

See the Timeline of Bush's Response to Katrina

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).

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.


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?

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.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: What constitutional powers do Presidents have to create jobs?

Answer: Presidents work with Congress to create legislation that can lead to the creation of millions of jobs.

Question: Doesn’t "the worst president in US History," described in this article sound a lot like Trump?

Answer: Trump has not been president long enough to do as much damage as George W. Bush did. My fear is that if Trump gains a 2nd term, he will do far more damage to our country than Bush ever could have.


Dave Schmidt on July 11, 2020:

Please see “ The Big Short.”

pmcintyre.goodman@verizon.net on April 16, 2019:

I disagree. I think your comparative ‘criteria’ is the problem. You have to resist the brainwashing of US mythology; and you’re not illuminating the power and potential of the ‘seed-level’. To determine the worst US President you must go to the ‘seed’. The first mover un-moved. The Adam in the US Garden of Eden. The one who inherited nothing from prior administrations. The one who started out with a clean-slate and with it shepherd in a world of absolute horror and destruction for millions of innocent American people. My research has shown that George Washington (GW) would have been the only person who could have influenced the populace to reject slavery, follow the founding principles and return the Africans back to their homeland and thus spare them and future generations of African and non-African from slavery and all its horrible, hideous manifestations.

GW knew slavery conflicted with the founding principles ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’. In expressing his guilt and shame, GW said, “…there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see some plan adopted for the abolition" of slavery…” and yet he willfully and fully participated and profited in this cruel enterprise. Herein lies the moral and ethical root of his crime and the genesis of the disease he inflicted on America. As Adam willfully ate the apple, GW willfully practiced slavery, and as Adam burdened future generations with toiling and separation, GW created a dark and evil cloud over the country infecting future generations with the evil inclination for war (civil war) and a sickness to harm and murder innocent people. Everyone who felt the evilness of slavery can point directly at GW as the only person who could have stopped it.

George Washington knew the populace wanted him as president and that was his leverage. In his hypocrisy, he sold out the country’s founding ethical and moral principles in favor of commerce and comfort. Because of his failure to take a stand against slavery he created a virus of 'substantive-indifference' that spread to future administrations resulting in pain, suffering and loss of life to millions of people through-out US history. His seed-level acceptance of slavery dulled any sense of urgency-of-purpose to remove this corruptness. It had the effect of vaccinating future presidents from a duty to cure the slavery disease. We all suffer today because of his failure to lead the country away from slavery. In the history of the US, there has never been a more damaging official US government policy than slavery and this cloud of evilness has hovered over this country ever since. The damage it’s done is incalculable. When history called upon GW to ‘lead’ he didn’t. He’ll never be compared to Horatius Cocles or King Leonidas who understood the significance of the 'moment' and what was at-stake. It was GW's time to 'lead'. But, he didn't. GW abandoned his moment. Like Adam he ate the apple of slavery. Because of his failure to standup against slavery and lead this country on its founding principles - he, George Washington, is the worst US President ever.

jeff61b (author) on March 07, 2019:

Jo Miller-

I have another article titled "50 Reasons Why Donald Trump may be the Worst President in History.

The problem is, I have to constantly revise it with new reasons.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 07, 2019:

Just wondering--care to revise your article to include current president?

bradmastersOCcal on February 22, 2019:


You were mostly right about GW Bush but I wouldn't want to live on the difference between him and Obama.

The Clinton Economic Boom was based on a bubble that would break when he left office.

"The dot-com bubble (also known as the dot-com boom, the tech bubble, and the Internet bubble) was a historic economic bubble and period of excessive speculation mainly in the United States that occurred roughly from 1995 to 2000, a period of extreme growth in the usage and adoption of the Internet."


doc Suske on August 01, 2018:

Obama WAS the worst in my 77 years- followed closely by Carter- who was the cause of my leaving the dum dem party (now Independent)

Brad on June 11, 2018:


There are too many falsehoods in your comment to reply to them all but I’ll respond to a few.

The claim that ISIS was created by pulling out of Iraq is a right wing myth.


ISIL not ISIS. There was no ISIL under GW Bush.

Then how was it created?


He did nothing about N. Korea, Iran, Syria, Ukraine or Russia?

We are limited in what we can do change the behavior of other countries aside from going to war.


8 years?


But he imposed crippling sanctions on N. Korea and Iran

Got Iran to give up their nuclear weapons program. (Sadly, Trump has enabled Iran to get nukes again)


This is your myth.

I already gave you my take on Iran and Obama.


He succeeded in getting Syria to stop using chemical weapons


Really, are you sure?


He imposed crippling sanctions against Russia for annexing part of Ukraine. Trump is offering to lift those sanctions.


Crippling sanctions, and Trump has tightened sanctions.


Russia did not get 20 percent of US Uranium. They didn’t even get one single ounce. That was simply a lie. A Russian company bought partial ownership in a Canadian mining company. The Uranium stays in the United States.


Another myth from you.


Obama has not been going around the world criticizing Trump. He has been very quiet since Trump took office.


Now you became very unbelievable when you say that.

GW Bush has been quiet but not Obama


The claim that Obama “spied” on the Trump campaign has been thoroughly disproved, even by Republicans in Congress. Trump believes if he repeats it enough, gullible people will believe it.


We will see when the IG and the new special counsel get their investigation results.

You are absolutely incredible. the only gullible people are the ones that think the Trump and Russia tried to influence the election.


I really hope you do a better job writing code because your logic is faulty.

In a binary system you come up with 2.

As you well know, Obama never went on any tour “apologizing for America”. That was another right wing myth that is easily debunked.

jeff61b (author) on June 11, 2018:

Brad –

There are too many falsehoods in your comment to reply to them all but I’ll respond to a few.

The claim that ISIS was created by pulling out of Iraq is a right wing myth.

He did nothing about N. Korea, Iran, Syria, Ukraine or Russia?

We are limited in what we can do change the behavior of other countries aside from going to war.

But he imposed crippling sanctions on N. Korea and Iran.

Got Iran to give up their nuclear weapons program. (Sadly, Trump has enabled Iran to get nukes again)

He succeeded in getting Syria to stop using chemical weapons.

He imposed crippling sanctions against Russia for annexing part of Ukraine. Trump is offering to lift those sanctions.

Russia did not get 20 percent of US Uranium. They didn’t even get one single ounce. That was simply a lie. A Russian company bought partial ownership in a Canadian mining company. The Uranium stays in the United States.

Obama has not been going around the world criticizing Trump. He has been very quiet since Trump took office.

The claim that Obama “spied” on the Trump campaign has been thoroughly disproved, even by Republicans in Congress. Trump believes if he repeats it enough, gullible people will believe it.

As you well know, Obama never went on any tour “apologizing for America”. That was another right wing myth that is easily debunked.

Brad on June 11, 2018:


OK, let’s compare George W. Bush to Barack Obama.

When Bush became president the U.S. was at peace. When he left we were in the 2 longest wars in our history.


I already said that GW Bush was bad. There was no reason to invade Afghanistan much less Iraq. Terrorists didn't have geography, it wasn't their country.

Under Obama they got that geography ISIL. His regime change of Libya backfired and resulted also in Benghazi being attacked. Obama lied about why Benghazi was attacked.

He did nothing about the North Koreans, Iran, Syria, Ukraine or Russia.

BTW, it was his ending Iraq that created ISIL.


Obama inherited the 2 longest wars in history, ended one and reduced our involvement in the other.


Asked and answered. above


Bush inherited a growing budget surplus. He left us with a 1.4 trillion deficit.


His reaction to 911 did that.

He also didn't do anything for the victims of the 2008, and neither did Obama.

Obama care more about illegal aliens and refugees than he did in trying to help the victims of 2008.

GW Bush, and Barack Obama and their congresses spent $1.5 trillion dollars making sure that the people that actually caused the conditions for the economic failure were made whole again. But the people that were their victims didn't get any help. They lost their jobs, their homes, and the government actually taxed them when the banks would forgive their equity loans.


Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit and reduced it by 70% before he left office.

Bush inherited 4% unemployment. He left us with skyrocketing unemployment that reached 10.1%


Neither one of them did a good job, but Obama was able to double the deficit without having the economic failure, 911, and two war being started.


Obama inherited 10% unemployment and more than cut it in half when he left office.


A lot of that cut was from people not finding jobs and falling off the unemployment statistics.


After Bush deregulated the finance industry we experienced the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression.


It took both parties and Fannie and Freddie along with the Federal Reserve Board to kindle the economic conditions to go on fire.The Glass Stegall was only one of them, and that was on the republicans. But the loans that were being made were very bad, low to no equity for the lender. And there was even the negative amortization loans that had negative equity.

The Federal Reserve kept the interest very low and very stable. Had they raised the interest rates many loans would have failed, and that could have head off the economic failure. The FRB after the collapse was also spending 40 billion dollars every month for several months buying these bad derivative bundles. That was evidence that they new they were bad.

Both parties were clueless during the election campaign and the economy wasn't even a major topic.

And they did what our management does for software projects, when the customers start complaining they try to throw money to fix it. But all that is really accomplished is a fix, much like sweeping the dirt under the edge of the carpet, But at some point another one comes out.

This is the result of poor design and rushing to release.

It was the democrats that wanted everyone and anyone to be able to buy a house, and that is why the regulations were bent. Again, Freddie and Fannie were up to their eyeballs in making this failure.

They didn't care because of the Federal Loan Insurance.


Obama enacted financial regulations to prevent another collapse like the one that occurred under Bush.


Neither Bush nor Obama enacted anything, it was congress.

And they both democrat and republican failed us.


Under Bush there were 13 fatal attacks on US Consulates and embassies with over 50 deaths.

Under Obama there was 1 attack on a US Consulate with 4 deaths.

Bush gave us the worst terrorist attack in history costing 2996 lives.


The difference is that Obama lied about it.


Under Obama we had zero deaths by al Qaeda on U.S. soil.


Are you saying there were no deaths in San Bernardino CA, or the Boston Marathon just to name a few.


Net job creation during Bush’s presidency was less than 3 million jobs.

Net job creation during Obama’s presidency was about 11.4 million jobs.

During Bush’s presidency about 3000 people died from terrorist acts by Al Qaeda on U.S. soil.

During Obama’s presidency, zero people died from terrorist acts by Al Qaeda on U.S. soil and a small number died by other terrorist groups.


A death is a death.


The stock market dropped several thousand points under Bush.

The stock market more than doubled under Obama.

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY is worse than George W. Bush.


It is the GDP and not the stock market that runs the economy. They both sucked at it.

As to no one is worse than GW Bush.

1. Obama fast and furious

2. Obama using the IRS like Hoover to spy on congress.

3. Regime change in Libya was and is a total screw up.

4. He lied about Benghazi, trying to blame it on a film.

5. He allow Russia to get 20 percent of all US Uranium.

6. He gave Iran $100 billion: That's roughly how much the U.S. Treasury Department says Iran stands to recover once sanctions are lifted under the new nuclear deal. The money comes from Iranian oil sales and has been piling up in some international banks over the past few years. But there are questions about what Iran will do with this windfall.

7. Now Iran can buy as much Uranium from Russia. Good deal for Iran.

8. Obama and his administration let HRC escape prison, and they spied on the Trump campaign and even after he won the election.

9. He know about the FISA, and Susan Rice released names from the spying.

10. He has done what no other president in recent times has done, and that is to use the failed election to try and impeach Trump with the Christopher Steele HRC opposition paper, and claim that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election for Trump.

11. Then as a former president he goes around the world dissing president Trump and the US and its people.

12. As president he divided the country with his DACA and refugees while he did nothing to help the victims of the 2008 economic failure.

The difference between GW Bush and Obama is that Bush screwed the rest of the world, while Obama screwed the country and the American people.

He laughed at Trump when Trump said he thought the election was fixed against him. The Obama said it was the Russians but did nothing during the election.

Obama had a world tour where he apologized for America.


Why do you say that no one could be worse than GW Bush.

And how did Obama make that better. I don't know the specifics of your statement.


jeff61b (author) on June 11, 2018:

Brad –

OK, let’s compare George W. Bush to Barack Obama.

When Bush became president the U.S. was at peace. When he left we were in the 2 longest wars in our history.

Obama inherited the 2 longest wars in history, ended one and reduced our involvement in the other.

Bush inherited a growing budget surplus. He left us with a 1.4 trillion deficit.

Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit and reduced it by 70% before he left office.

Bush inherited 4% unemployment. He left us with skyrocketing unemployment that reached 10.1%

Obama inherited 10% unemployment and more than cut it in half when he left office.

After Bush deregulated the finance industry we experienced the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression.

Obama enacted financial regulations to prevent another collapse like the one that occurred under Bush.

Under Bush there were 13 fatal attacks on US Consulates and embassies with over 50 deaths.

Under Obama there was 1 attack on a US Consulate with 4 deaths.

Bush gave us the worst terrorist attack in history costing 2996 lives.

Under Obama we had zero deaths by al Qaeda on U.S. soil.

Net job creation during Bush’s presidency was less than 3 million jobs.

Net job creation during Obama’s presidency was about 11.4 million jobs.

During Bush’s presidency about 3000 people died from terrorist acts by Al Qaeda on U.S. soil.

During Obama’s presidency, zero people died from terrorist acts by Al Qaeda on U.S. soil and a small number died by other terrorist groups.

The stock market dropped several thousand points under Bush.

The stock market more than doubled under Obama.

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY is worse than George W. Bush.

Brad on June 10, 2018:


GW Bush was a terrible president but even he pales in comparison to Barack Obama.

Clinton doesn't even come into third place.

For third place it is a toss up between FDR and LBJ.

After that Clinton and GH Bush are the choices.

In all fairness, you have to wait until 2020 to judge president Trump.

It looks like Obama will also hold the title for the worst former president.

Whether you like my comments or not, I do make them specific and try to explain why I said them. My issue with Jeff is that he doesn't add anything and drive by gibberish slights both the author and other serious commenters.

del if u wish

Ivan Hernandez on June 09, 2018:

Jeff. I hope this does not surprise you, but I invite you and Brad into my world.

I know promoting articles is illegal, but have you checked out my 10 Reasons Why Donald Trump Should Be Removed From The Presidency?

Brad, I know that we don't agree on everything, but I have given updates since that time.

Jeff. I would like to share that table with you. Anyone else worth mentioning should come to my article. No rude comments please.

Brad on June 08, 2018:


I hope you don't still write code.

0000 0000 0000 0000 0000

That is what you response translates to in binary, BCD, ASCII or any other form of using binary.

All a matter of opinion on June 08, 2018:

To my view, the worst was Carter for this country, perhaps surpassed by Obama... both led to Nationalistic/Patriotic/Conservative Presidents to follow.

But yes, the Bush family was not good for this country. And also did plenty of harm to our international, national sovereignty, and economic interests.

jeff61b (author) on June 04, 2018:

Gael -

You can certainly express your disagreement with this article and take issue with anything in it, but you cannot just blatantly lie and rewrite history the way you did.

jeff61b (author) on April 19, 2018:

Bradmaster -

I tried reading your comment. I really did.

But I couldn't get past that first sentence.

I'm too exhausted from laughing to type any more right now.

Thanks for the laugh.

Brad on April 19, 2018:


Trump is currently the best president we have had in recent times.

As far as presidents go.

The top of the worst presidents has to go to

Barack Obama

Next it is a close following by George W Bush

Next is GH Bush

Next is FDR

Next is LBJ

Next is Bill Clinton

Next is Jimmy Carter

Next is Gerald Ford

BTW, VP GH Bush was a bad influence on Reagan.

That is a blemish for Reagan.

The makes JFK one of the best past presidents

Next I would add Teddy Roosevelt as a good president

Brad on December 13, 2017:


None of your comment is relevant or meaningful to prove that Trump is worse than the last 5 presidents. Your subjective opinion doesn't have any foundation or facts.

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on December 13, 2017:

I never disrespected either Bush presidents. Both of them were, for all intents and purposes, an acquired taste. The difference between the 44 prior presidents is that their focus was on country more than party. Not so with Trump who is far and away THE WORST president thus far.

When you watch the PBS documentary, "Putin's Revenge" you cannot miss that Putin has hated the US since he was indoctrinated by the cold war KGB to hate the US.

But, you also cannot miss the same power initiatives of Putin that Trump is adopting:

1. A centralized government with only a handful of "chosen" appointees approved ONLY by Putin. Sound familar?

2. An end to free speech media. Putin threatened to kill the owner of NT, then Russia's major media conglomerate. Sound familiar?

3. Putin believes in conspiracies that are always out to "get him." Sound familiar?

4. Putin hates Hillary because Hillary and Obama sided with the Russians who protested Putin rigging their election. Sound familiar?

Sorry but there are far too many similarities between Putin and Trump to be a coincidence.

Brad on December 12, 2017:

you are correct the poll is not important.

The fact is that since the 70s all of the presidents through Obama have put the country in decline. But, Obama didn't help the country, and he is the worst because he helped put civil unrest back into the country. It is the 60s revisted, on the verge of the 1860s as well.

Joshi on January 06, 2017:

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.

ewent on November 16, 2016:

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.

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on November 15, 2016:

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.

jeff61b (author) on November 14, 2016:

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.

Sergeant Prepper on November 14, 2016:

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!

johan smulders on November 11, 2016:

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!

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on November 07, 2016:

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.

Demian Hammock on November 05, 2016:

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.

Sherri Auditor on November 01, 2016:

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

Baruch on September 17, 2016:

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.

Kevin Graham on September 14, 2016:

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.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on September 14, 2016:

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

jeff61b (author) on September 03, 2016:

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.

George on September 02, 2016:

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.

Tigre on August 30, 2016:

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

Eleanore G. Whitaker on August 19, 2016:

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.

Ron on August 18, 2016:

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

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on August 17, 2016:

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.

Mae Merriweather aka Boss Lady Mae from Atlanta, GA on August 17, 2016:

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.

Alan Gordon on August 05, 2016:

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

Shirl on August 03, 2016:

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.

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on August 01, 2016:

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?

WelbyMD on July 31, 2016:

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

Jean on July 30, 2016:

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!

Lynn D. Baker on July 23, 2016:

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.

karen on July 23, 2016:

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

Mark Mathison on July 23, 2016:

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

Brandon on July 23, 2016:

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

Jim on July 22, 2016:

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.

Michael on July 22, 2016:

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.

Lara on July 22, 2016:

for those of you saying Obama: https://soapboxie.com/us-politics/14-Facts-About-T...

Bruce on July 21, 2016:

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.

Susan G. on July 20, 2016:

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.

Jolyte on July 20, 2016:

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.

Ed on July 14, 2016:

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!

Geary what is your comment on July 13, 2016:

What is your comment Geary

Susan rowe on July 12, 2016:

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.

Ron Flowers on July 11, 2016:

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.

Leonard Marks on July 11, 2016:

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.

Dave on July 06, 2016:

Obviously Blue State Leftist Progression- Fascist Neocon site.

You Forgot BO as # 1

Terry on July 02, 2016:

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.

Rick on June 30, 2016:

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!

Cindy on June 30, 2016:

George w. Bush by far is the worst President.

Horace Henry on June 17, 2016:

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.

Jerry Kulland on June 08, 2016:

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..

Frank on June 08, 2016:

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!

Wilbur on June 08, 2016:

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.

Harlan Thacker on June 08, 2016:

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.

老虎 龙 on June 08, 2016:

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

Mojoso on June 07, 2016:

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

Ed Davis on June 07, 2016:

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.

Chris Anziano on June 07, 2016:

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.

David NICHOLS on June 04, 2016:

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.!

Red Graham on June 04, 2016:

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

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on June 04, 2016:

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.

dave on June 04, 2016:

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.

USA on June 04, 2016:

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

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on June 01, 2016:

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.

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on June 01, 2016:

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.

SamT on May 30, 2016:

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.

William on May 29, 2016:

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.

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on May 27, 2016:

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.

MATTHEW on May 25, 2016:

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!!!

Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker from Old Bridge, New Jersey on May 20, 2016:

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.

Mama Morin on May 19, 2016:

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.

mark s on May 10, 2016:

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

chuck baker on May 09, 2016:

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

John Botsford on May 09, 2016:

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

TheCod on May 09, 2016:

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?

Dragonfly on May 09, 2016:

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.

Mary Ann Arlotta on May 09, 2016:

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.

Gunny Cracker from Elkhorn, WI on May 04, 2016:

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.

Snarky Babbler from USA on May 04, 2016:

if trump makes it, he will be the worst ever

Buck on May 04, 2016:

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.

Michael Conte on May 03, 2016:

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.

G.K on May 03, 2016:

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

Levi on May 03, 2016:

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.

Alma cornwell on April 27, 2016:

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

Gunny Cracker from Elkhorn, WI on April 25, 2016:

Susie & the SFC know the score.

Gerri on April 25, 2016:

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

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