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Initial post: Jun 7, 2012 9:13:22 AM PDT
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IGS says:
This one has undoubtedly been done before.

I was wondering, who was the worst President in history?

Although the ridiculous temptation is to rate presidents of your recollection or near recollection as the most deserving or undeserving of such distinction. All that is really indicative of is your political philosophy or your lack of historical education.

Although I must say, that every President since Truman has been a C or C- student, without exception, except Nixon who was an A for some actions and an F for others.

So as for worst ...

Just, cant make up my mind. Buchanan or Harding? Just can't decide.

OK, OK, Buchanan

Best, for me TR, George , or Abraham?

Common sense says Lincoln, although he was dumb enough to get hisself shot. I'll go with Theodore Roosevelt, after all my Grandfather though so highly of him that that's my middle name.

Most overrated, JFK.

So worst, best, most overrated. I am really interested to hear.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 10:47:08 AM PDT
DarthRad says:
Agree JFK most overrated..

Bush Jr. gets my vote for worst president. Buyer's remorse, I guess. I actually voted for the guy twice.

Best - Washington and Lincoln, for sure. TR did a lot of good things for America, but his administration presided over a time of peace in the US, and great presidents tend to be overlooked for having kept the country at peace. Eisenhower's administration has similarly been overlooked, as his time as president has generally been considered dull and boring.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 11:05:18 AM PDT
Most overrated, JFK. Worst? Possibly Jackson. I suppose it depends upon one's political views.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:05:48 AM PDT
Jim Panzee says:
I think Buchanan was the worst, too, but most of the presidents in the generation before the Civil War were almost as bad. Of them, Taylor was the only one who showed any backbone in dealing with the slavery lobby, and Polk was the only one who measurably strengthened the country (pretty ruthlessly it should be said). That leaves Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore and Pierce in the near-Buchanan category, and Harrison as impossible to rate.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 11:31:10 AM PDT
IGS says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 11:32:05 AM PDT
I'm tempted to cite Abe as the best, but he really trampled over the Constitution and Bill of Rights during the Civil War. Washington and T. Roosevelt both have admirable qualities. I'm leaning toward TR due to his breaking up of the monopolies.

I would vote for Pierce, except technically he was the most do nothing president, so I'll go with Bush 43 for the trampling of the Constitution and Bill of Rights thing.

For overrated, I'll go with Eisenhower. His only accomplishment was the Interstate freeway system for the weirdest reason. His other legacy? The Army-McCarthy hearings.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 8:45:22 PM PDT
baby bush is by far the worst prez ever

baby bush is the most evil person to walk this planet

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 10:47:48 PM PDT
D. Robinson says:
Jefferson Davis

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:21:16 PM PDT
D. Morrison says:

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 1:22:23 AM PDT
I agree that Buchanon is an accurate choice. But, one can't forget what Rutherford B. Hayes did by allowing Reconstruction to end. African Americans were left to fend for themselves in the South with disastorous results.

How bout most underrated... James K. Polk (for succeeding in carrying out ALL of his campaign promises in One Term; and Chester A. Arthur for going against his cronies, and working to eliminate Patronage in Washington.

Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:12:46 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 8:18:30 AM PDT
Molly O' says:
He died for our country!

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:27:50 AM PDT
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L. King says:
Robert Mugabe
Idi Amin
Augusto Pinochet

All held the post of "President" and all were much worse than any such person who held the post in the United States.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:30:21 AM PDT
Karen T. says:
Dishonest. Insulated and isolated from the middle-class and poor. Uncaring. Got us into a war without legitimate justification for it and then said "Mission Accomplished" when the "mission" (whatever it was) had only just begun. Put the U.S. in trillions and trillions of dollars in debt. Tanked our economy.

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Suet says:
The Jesuits? I've heard people say it was the MIC or the NWO, but I never heard that one!

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 10:05:41 PM PDT
Jeff Marzano says:
Well I believe Lyndon Johnson was part of the conspiracy machine that took JFK out.

This goes far beyond politics. It was what they call a coup d'etat.

Johnson was according to the conspiracy theories a vicious killer going back to his days in Texas. Many of Johnson's political enemies got the old exhaust hose in the window treatment.

Bill Clinton is up there high on the hypocrisy list. Bin Ladin was making plans to blow up the WTC but Clinton was too busy with Monica. He gets on national television and states to the world that "I did not have any relations with that woman.". He would have gotten away with this if Monica hadn't been shrewd enough to actually save the dress with Bill's DNA on it.

Isn't there some law that prevents the president of the United States from going on TV and lying ?

Jeff Marzano

The Men Who Killed Kennedy

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 8:20:26 AM PDT
Manny P.
I agree with you about Polk being the most underrated. Not so sure I agree about Buchanan, though.

Polk worked himself to a nub to make sure he accomplished all his campaign promises. No sooner was his term over, than he laid himself down and died. Total exhaustion had to have played a part, weakening him physically. And while I know a lot people now question Polk's method of acquisition (war with Mexico), we have to remember that at the time he was President, the country was solidly behind the whole Manifest Destiny, "sea to shining sea" thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 8:27:22 AM PDT
libloon2 says:
Worst President in History:

If my mom were alive it would be: President Herbert Hoover (I admit he did make a great vacuum cleaner)

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 11:03:09 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 11:19:34 AM PDT
Robert Miller: Prohibition - Wilson's idiotic attempt to outlaw liquor which made a mint for organized crime, etc. Need I go on?

You make good points (1 through 3) about Wilson, but I think the above is a misfire. Remember that Wilson vetoed the Volstead Act. It was Congress that overrode Wilson's veto. He also completely ignored the Prohibition issue in the 1916 campaign. After leaving office, he moved his own sizable stash of alcohol out of the White House.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 11:50:24 AM PDT
R. Miller says:
Rachel - Thanks for the correction. I still believe he should have been campaigning against it (Prohibition) vociferously. I didn't mention other things including his economic mismanagement etc. He was a disaster.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 11:54:31 AM PDT
I agree. He was a disaster. And he underestimated the power of the WCTU.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 12:14:10 PM PDT
Jim Panzee's post:
I think Buchanan was the worst, too,
The man was gullible. He believed all those rumors of LDS in Utah rebelling and sent half of the US Army to suppress this imaged rebellion.

LDS successfully held them off over the winter. When they arrived in Salt Lake City, a City of 20,000 was vacated, buildings stuffed with straw and torch men standing at ever corner ready to torch the buildings. The Army leader was moved by the scene, passed thorough and encamped 50 miles SW of the city.

Some called this event... Buchanan's Blunder.

Brother Niv
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