Worst President Ever?

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Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties — Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Hoover and now Bush — have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off. In each case, different factors contributed to the failure: disastrous domestic policies, foreign-policy blunders and military setbacks, executive misconduct, crises of credibility and public trust. Bush, however, is one of the rarities in presidential history: He has not only stumbled badly in every one of these key areas, he has also displayed a weakness common among the greatest presidential failures — an unswerving adherence to a simplistic ideology that abjures deviation from dogma as heresy, thus preventing any pragmatic adjustment to changing realities. Repeatedly, Bush has undone himself, a failing revealed in each major area of presidential performance.

11 Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure they are saying that Pearl Jam’s new album is their best in ten years. And Rolling Stone hasn’t had credibility in years. They’re the Mtv of music magazines.

  2. When will the liberal media and the hollywood elite recognize the noble efforts of this pious man of the people.

  3. My greatest shock is that it has taken the American people this long to even begin to embrace the reality of what a horrible President GW is. Sure his numbers were bad but he managed to get elected 1 1/2 times. Both elections should have been landslide losses for Bush if we Americans would only show more interrest in our governance than in Britnay Spears or pro basketball.

  4. Well written article. I’ve been saying Bush is the worst president since Hoover for years to anyone who would listen. I have agreed with only two of his decisions, immigrant worker visas and the afghanistan war. However his incompetence is palpable to the point where I knew he wouldn’t pull of the war in afghanistan. Even if you agree with most of his decisions there’s on aspect that can’t be ignored, he has YET to capture or kill Osama! We had him in Tora Bora, but let him slither away. When and if he ever does find him he must be considered a failure.

  5. Doug, you’re probably right. Of course, that’s not saying much. Hardly seems worthy of a front page mention. That’s sort of like saying “this is Terrence Malick’s best movie of the decade!”

  6. If anyone was surprised that George W Bush is the worst president ever, just wait till you hear what bears do in the woods.

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