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Who was the worst U.S. president in recent history?

American☆Atheist 2012/08/08 07:32:42
Bush
Bush Sr.
Reagan
Nixon
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  • RogerCoppock 2012/08/08 07:37:06 (edited)
    Bush
    RogerCoppock
    +7
    Of the choices given, GW Bush was the worst President. However, IMHO, there have been worse Presidents, like Warren G. Harding, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan. These Presidents weren't choices on this SodaHead question.

    Wikipedia has collected quite a few rankings of US Presidents. Their article makes an interesting read.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


    At the other end of the scale, here's my choice for best US President. He really knew how to stand up to the moneyed special interests. I wish America had a leader who could do that now.
    theodore Rosevelt

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  • Mary Mary 2012/10/22 10:15:18
    Bush
    Mary Mary
    +2
    Five Lies Told By Bush To Start a War
    (The Truth About His Iraq Fraud & Murders)

    All of these and many other lies by Bush, and the language of the law, are factually documented in great detail within the book, Proof of Guilt. It is a fact of U.S. law that if it can be proven that a President purposely told lies to cause a war that killed people, those lies demonstrate criminal intent and that killing automatically constitutes the crime of murder by that President (see chapter 1).

    How Bush planned his Iraq war 4 years in advance, in 1999, and knew then that Iraq had no WMD, or any intent to attack; that was just a lie, a pre-planned false pretext for an attack.
    Bush's own 2003 admission that what he had said, pre-war, about the deadly threat from Iraq was a deliberate fraud; 18 months of saying it without any evidence was no accident!
    The deliberately falsified intelligence report Bush sent to Tony Blair pre-war that, had it not been falsified, British intelligence said "we would never have gone to war" (nor could have the US).
    The unconscionable falsification, by his own admission, that Bush swore to Congress was true the day before his Iraq attack; that illegally allowed him to attack the very next day.
    The widely ignored UN agency announcement two weeks before Bush's attack & after months of investigation that absolutely none of Bush's falsely claimed Iraqi weapons actually existed.
  • Jon Bergen 2012/08/20 10:27:03
  • History... Jon Bergen 2012/10/23 01:20:42
    HistoryBuff782
    +1
    Either him or Woodrow Wilson..


    Here's my personal favorite. (at least in terms of modern-era presidents)-

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  • Jon Bergen History... 2012/10/25 17:09:05
    Jon Bergen
    +1
    Kennedy is an interesting pick: Staunch anti-Communist, hard-nosed and even hawkish advocate of American international political and military power. Yet also able to step outside that conservative-seeming mindset to target the Moon rather than merely open up a major geopolitical ~ even nuclear ~ endgame with near-certain catastrophic consequences. And able to act as an advocate for civil rights, whose time had certainly come. A center-right moderate overall, though by today's standards he would probably be center-left, even liberal, in the context of modern authoritarian and corporatist American politics.

    Also: Educated, literate, smart, cocky, tough, cool under fire.

    Hard not to like the guy, in spite of all his flaws.

    You've made a good choice.

    Here's mine ~ also heroic, also flawed, also the man for his time:

    cocky tough cool fire guy spite flaws choice heroic flawed
  • History... Jon Bergen 2012/10/27 17:10:54
    HistoryBuff782
    +1
    Also a very good pick as well. :)

    It's frightening to imagine what action Nixon would've taken during the Cuban missile crisis..
  • Jon Bergen History... 2012/10/29 19:52:16
    Jon Bergen
    Can't disagree with that ~ Nixon would have enjoyed, like Bush, the role of 'War President,' but was much better as the hawk bending to make a peaceful overture by reaching out to China. That could have gone better, true, but that scenario is still far preferable to Nixon taking on Cuba.

    Another thing I like about your pick of JFK:

    He is the last President before Johnson and Nixon bring on the disaster of Vietnam (yes, I know Kennedy gets the credit for beginning US involvement there, but it was Johnson and Nixon who gave us the Vietnam War). The last President before the behind-the-scenes struggle for power in America would enable entities such as the CIA, NSA and others to subvert America's democratic government and freedoms. He, by definition, predates the Warren Commission which, sadly, served as a blueprint for the 9/11 Commission and other whitewashes as everything Eisenhower warned us against came true:

    commission sadly served blueprint 911 commission whitewashes eisenhower warned true

    (Eisenhower ~ another excellent President.)
  • Hamilton 2012/08/13 06:32:29
    Nixon
    Hamilton
    Actually Nixon is STILL better than Carter and Obama.

    And what are you dopers think about when you say BUSH was so bad??

    When Bush left office, unemployment was 4.7%, gas cost $2.26 a gallon and 17 million Americans were on food stamps. Almost 4 years later under Obama, unemployment is at a record 8.3%, gas costs $4.00 a gallon and 43 million Americans are on food stamps.

    IOW, what are you smoking??
  • America... Hamilton 2012/10/23 06:40:18
    American☆Atheist
    suuuure
  • Hamilton America... 2012/10/23 19:31:24 (edited)
    Hamilton
    Hold that smoke buddy.

    And remember, election day is on THURSDAY, November 8th this year.
  • Javimendo 2012/08/09 22:09:23 (edited)
    Nixon
    Javimendo
    +1
    But really - this bastard presidente Obama will win 1st place in the hall of jackasses.
    daass
  • America... Javimendo 2012/10/23 06:40:49
    American☆Atheist
    I cant take someone with brietbarf in their pic.
  • Avenged7 2012/08/09 16:53:19
    Bush
    Avenged7
    +3
    That one is easy. Jr. W. draft dodger or any thing you want to call him he's the one. I'll bet the Reagan lovers are relieved that W took the title from them.
  • chuck 2012/08/09 16:13:15
    Reagan
    chuck
    I think he was the worst but Obama right behind him
  • Just MEH....Piwan 2012/08/09 14:57:33
    Bush
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +3
    A no-brainer, and happy to see a majority of voters feel the same on this poll! And he will maintain that position for years to come, i think!
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/08/09 04:37:41
    Bush
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Shrub gets my vote.

    Of course, having 8 years instead of 4 to screw up makes it easier. :)
  • Elz 2012/08/09 02:35:16
    Bush
    Elz
    +2
    where's the who cares option? but other than that i guess ill say bush.
  • James 2012/08/09 01:31:54
    Nixon
    James
    Define "recent"
  • Leeaqua 2012/08/08 20:47:44 (edited)
    Bush
    Leeaqua
    +3
    Actually none of them take a prize for being a great president !
  • Bastion 2012/08/08 19:45:30
  • moomoof 2012/08/08 19:43:42
    Reagan
    moomoof
    +2
    I don't know its like asking which one of this hot pokers will hurt less when i shove it up your ass...

    Reagan was crap
    I dare not mention that craphead the governed for 8 long years
  • ehrhornp 2012/08/08 19:02:13
    Bush
    ehrhornp
    +4
    G W Bush, the most corrupt, lying piece of pond scum there was. He would be surpassed if Mitt ever becomes president.
  • RobinPeta 2012/08/08 17:02:16
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/08/08 16:38:00
  • Scott 2012/08/08 15:58:23
    Bush
    Scott
    +3
    He seemed like a good guy with whom to have a beer, or line, but was a vacuous dimwit. I think President Cheney was the worst ever.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/08/08 15:32:48
  • Bastion POWERSH... 2012/08/08 19:49:21
  • POWERSH... Bastion 2012/08/09 05:01:49
  • tom C 2012/08/08 15:30:32
    Nixon
    tom  C
    Taking America to a a new MORAL LOW....
    it has to be Bill Clinton..getting a Blowjob in the Oval office....
    and lying to his Wife and America about it....
    because he considered a Blowjob ..as not having sexual relations....
  • America... tom C 2012/08/08 21:55:34
    American☆Atheist
    +1
    A blowjob is not worse than BUSH.
  • Gloria 2012/08/08 15:30:32
    Bush
    Gloria
    +2
    #43 almost ties with Reagan.
  • starguide 2012/08/08 15:23:08
    Bush
    starguide
    +1
    did u forget clinton also

    or is the a democratic pole
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  • America... Delete 2012/08/08 21:56:11
    American☆Atheist
    Democrats are no where close to the worse
  • Delete America... 2012/08/09 18:23:17
  • History... Delete 2012/10/26 01:28:41
    HistoryBuff782
    As if you hypocrites don't make biased polls on this site all the time? (Not that I support a biased poll of any sort, just saying..)
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  • gocar 2012/08/08 15:22:36
    Nixon
    gocar
    I see that GW gets the top vote but maybe because he is remember for being the most recent disaster. I will never forget the Christmas carpet bombing on North Vietnam. While we were supposedly celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace, we were bombing the hell out of a civilian population who were no threat to us at all. What kind of Commander in Chief orders that? Add to that the fact that Nixon was a power freak who trusted no one. Reagan was like Romney. He only wanted to be President but knew little or nothing about foreign affairs. He had his handlers like GW Bush and only did as he was advised. We all know Cheney was the mastermind. Bush Sr. was part and parcel of the whole in crowd on Wall Street and in Washington. He had always been employed in some capacity by a government agency. The ultimate insider.
    We all see what happens when an outsider get elected to Washington on the Democratic side. Carter was thwarted at every move and lasted only one term. Clinton lost his majority after two years and then had to kowtow to the Republicans, and Obama now is vilified as the outsider who does not belong in the Presidency at all.
  • flrdsgns 2012/08/08 14:44:10
    Bush
    flrdsgns
    +2
    I went with Bush, but I wanted to pick all four of them. Nixon was a crook from the word go. Reagan was senile and slept through most of his presidency, Bush Sr was just another greedy money whore and Bush was just too stupid to ever make a good decision.
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/08/08 14:32:07

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