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  • Warren G. Harding

    4 5.06%
  • Andrew Johnson

    5 6.33%
  • James Buchanan

    7 8.86%
  • Herbert Hoover

    2 2.53%
  • Franklin Pierce

    2 2.53%
  • Ulysses S. Grant

    2 2.53%
  • Franklin Roosevelt

    9 11.39%
  • Barack Obama

    12 15.19%
  • George W. Bush

    21 26.58%
  • Other

    15 18.99%
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    Re: Worst US President?

    I suspect you could flip a coin between Harding and Nixon because of the Watergate episode and what he put the nation through.

    Harding was simply an incompetent and disgusting fool. Nixon was a sad and tragic figure because he did do some rather bold things like the China break through.

    Okay - its Harding because there was nothing redeemable about the man.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    James Buchanan.

    The mess that George W. left for Obama? Magnify that times about a hundred, and that's what Buchanan did to Lincoln.
    In John Updike's Memoirs of the Ford Administration, in which the main character is doing a book on Buchanan, he doesn't come out that bad. The regional conflict had been mishandled by most of the Presidents before Lincoln.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Wow, surprised Woodrow Wilson wasn't on the list. I have to pick other.

    Obviously, his legacy is being the President that got us into WW1. Most people assume we were right to join in, but the Germany of that time had nothing to do with Hitler's Germany. WW1 was an internal dispute, and we had no reason to go in. For Wilson's part, he campaigned on staying out but went in on purpose. He created the first propaganda department. He got Congress to pass a Seditions Act of 1918. Then he sought to centralize the globe with the League of Nations and his 14 points, which would result in loss of sovereignty. The end result of the war was 100,000 dead...for nothing.

    Of course, Wilson also got the 16th and 17th amendment's, and the Federal Reserve. Of course, there was farm subsidies, anti-trust legislation, union laws, etc. Also, Wilson was a terrible anti-black racist.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Μολὼν λαβέ View Post
    I don't recall but did Lincoln continually blame Buchanan for the conditions he inherited?
    What the hell does that matter? Abraham Lincoln saved the United States of America. He had every right to blame his spineless predecessor for letting the Union fall apart.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by PrometheusBound View Post
    In John Updike's Memoirs of the Ford Administration, in which the main character is doing a book on Buchanan, he doesn't come out that bad. The regional conflict had been mishandled by most of the Presidents before Lincoln.
    Well, true. It wasn't just Buchanan. We had several bad presidents in a row right when we needed nothing less than top-of-the-line. Thank god we got the man for the hour during the Civil War, however.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    Wow, surprised Woodrow Wilson wasn't on the list. I have to pick other.

    Obviously, his legacy is being the President that got us into WW1. Most people assume we were right to join in, but the Germany of that time had nothing to do with Hitler's Germany. WW1 was an internal dispute, and we had no reason to go in. For Wilson's part, he campaigned on staying out but went in on purpose. He created the first propaganda department. He got Congress to pass a Seditions Act of 1918. Then he sought to centralize the globe with the League of Nations and his 14 points, which would result in loss of sovereignty. The end result of the war was 100,000 dead...for nothing.

    Of course, Wilson also got the 16th and 17th amendment's, and the Federal Reserve. Of course, there was farm subsidies, anti-trust legislation, union laws, etc. Also, Wilson was a terrible anti-black racist.
    wilson was the quintessential turd

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    The end result of the war was 100,000 dead...for nothing.
    I thought there were more like 20,000,000 deaths in WWI.
    Last edited by NotEliTanenbaum; 06-15-12 at 12:42 AM. Reason: I said casualties, but I meant deaths.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by NotEliTanenbaum View Post
    I thought there were more like 20,000,000 casualties in WWI.
    That seems high-more like WWII's figures

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    That seems high-more like WWII's figures
    Nah, for WWII the total dead ranges from 50-70 million. WWI was about 20 million deaths.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by NotEliTanenbaum View Post
    Nah, for WWII the total dead ranges from 50-70 million. WWI was about 20 million deaths.
    I wonder how much of that was actual casualties versus disease, starvation etc.

    I did read that WWI was the first war where actual battle inflicted wounds caused more deaths than say stuff like Cholera, dysentery or other such nastiness that struck down hundreds of thousands in the civil war etc

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