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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?

    And LMAO @ people calling FDR our worst president ever. He only got us through arguably the toughest back-to-back challenges this nation has EVER faced. But since they can only see history through their tinted lenses, they'll try to rewrite history. (And conveniently ignore the president before him who flatly refused to clean up the mess.)
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    Re: Worst US President?

    I only took into consideration presidents that have served during my lifetime, Sorry I can't judge a president that I haven't lived under.

    I have to go with George W.

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    Re: Worst US President?


    Richard M. Nixon was missing, other. Not necsesaily the worst, but IMO deserving mention.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    We have a poll for the best, which has mostly devolved into a thread about the worst president anyway.

    My personal choice is Andrew Johnson, who massively screwed up Reconstruction and whose effects were worse than some other incompetent presidents around the time.

    Options chosen from those who are traditionally seen as the worst presidents, along with some names mentioned by DP members in the other thread.

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by jpevans View Post

    Richard M. Nixon was missing, other. Not necsesaily the worst, but IMO deserving mention.
    Only 9 spots up there so not everyone could be listed, but it's not like people can't vote for the others if they want.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    And LMAO @ people calling FDR our worst president ever. He only got us through arguably the toughest back-to-back challenges this nation has EVER faced. But since they can only see history through their tinted lenses, they'll try to rewrite history. (And conveniently ignore the president before him who flatly refused to clean up the mess.)
    Coolidge should get the blame for allowing the Depression to develop. Hoover was incompetent to handle something he didn't cause himself, much like Obama.
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    Re: Worst US President?

    Harding was the worst... Buchanan a strong 2nd.

    I have no idea what metric one would use to declare Bush, FDR, or Obama as the worst.

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    And LMAO @ people calling FDR our worst president ever. He only got us through arguably the toughest back-to-back challenges this nation has EVER faced. But since they can only see history through their tinted lenses, they'll try to rewrite history. (And conveniently ignore the president before him who flatly refused to clean up the mess.)
    He used a crisis to destroy constitutional limits on the federal government that infect this nation to this day

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    Harding was the worst... Buchanan a strong 2nd.

    I have no idea what metric one would use to declare Bush, FDR, or Obama as the worst.
    FDR was not a bad president in terms of getting stuff done-in fact he was an excellent president in achieving his goals. Sadly his goals were incredibly deleterious to the concept of a federal system where the states and the federal government were semi-equal partners and the federal government only had the powers specifically delegated to it

    So FDR is far different than incompetent people like Harding or Grant or Carter. HE was not corrupt like Harding, or Grant's administration. But like Wilson before him-he demanded that the constitution be mutated, tortured, mutilated and mashed in order to get his agenda passed.

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    FDR was not a bad president in terms of getting stuff done-in fact he was an excellent president in achieving his goals. Sadly his goals were incredibly deleterious to the concept of a federal system where the states and the federal government were semi-equal partners and the federal government only had the powers specifically delegated to it

    So FDR is far different than incompetent people like Harding or Grant or Carter. HE was not corrupt like Harding, or Grant's administration. But like Wilson before him-he demanded that the constitution be mutated, tortured, mutilated and mashed in order to get his agenda passed.
    he is still very highly ranked among liberals and conservatives alike ( for different reasons , of course)

    I'm no fan of FDR by a long shot... but he doesn't deserve to be on a "worst" list.

    Buchanan and Harding are ranked as worst on nearly every academic ranking i've ever read..<shrugs>
    Obama and Bush are nowhere near being the worst either...

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    Re: Worst US President?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    he is still very highly ranked among liberals and conservatives alike ( for different reasons , of course)

    I'm no fan of FDR by a long shot... but he doesn't deserve to be on a "worst" list.

    Buchanan and Harding are ranked as worst on nearly every academic ranking i've ever read..<shrugs>
    Obama and Bush are nowhere near being the worst either...
    It all depends how you depict worst-whch is why I noted he is very different than real failures like Harding or carter

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