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bruce MN
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Someone brought up public officials with character and integrity

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rsbs
Veteran Advisor

Short list of worst Presidents ever

The biggest losers. 

#1. Lyndon Johnson.

Few presidents have managed to muster foreign policy disasters as muddled as their domestic messes. LBJ did it—in grand style. We went from Ike’s steady hand to the promise of JFK’s Camelot to the Nightmare in Elm Street. Forget Vietnam, if you ever thought there was anything great about the Great Society, read “The Great Society: A New History,” also by Shlaes (2019). 

#2. Jimmy Carter.

Carter inherited an America that looked more like the Cleveland Indians than Super Bowl champs. We were staggering under “stagflation” and saddled with a “hollow military.” Then Carter made almost everything worse. His greatest accomplishment was losing to Ronald Reagan. Best to read about Carter in his own words: “White House Diary” (2010), by the man himself.

#3. Woodrow Wilson.

Okay, Wilson did manage to get us “over there” in World War I, but in the process his polices triggered a global pandemic. [See: “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History” (2004), by John M. Barry. The Schoolmaster, as he was known, also compiled an appalling record on civil liberties and civil rights. And he bungled the postwar peace. He made “progressivism” something other than a dirty word. He should have stayed in Princeton. 

#4. James Buchanan.

If there was a chance to derail the march toward a Civil War it might have been his presidency. Epic fail. Read “The Worst President--The Story of James Buchanan,” by Garry Boulard (2015). 

#5. Warren G. Harding.

He looked presidential, but Harding was a corrupt, poker-playing womanizer. Fortunately, he died before he could do great damage. Some might argue this lack opportunity to really blow it bigtime should disqualify him from the list. But, honestly, what were Republicans thinking? For an amusing-to-read biography of Harding, try 2004’s “Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series.  It’s written by Watergate conspirator John Dean, who knows a thing or two about disgraceful presidents.

A Heritage Foundation vice president, James Jay Carafano oversees the think tank’s research on matters of national security and foreign relations.

 
 
jennys_mn
Veteran Advisor

Re: Short list of worst Presidents ever

You left out the worst of all.....Trump.  He knew it all......and knew nothing.

Jen

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Short list of worst Presidents ever

Take a very careful look at the southern border. We are importing covid at an unprecedented rate and spreading all around the nation. Every variant in the world. Cage em. Spread it through all. Ship em.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Short list of worst Presidents ever

Yes, history will surely deal fondly with a twice impeached one term POTUS who managed to lose both the House and Senate and left office with the worst economic record since Hoover.

He added $9T to the deficit but succeeded in getting growth over 4% in 1 of 16 quarters.

Although I'm sure they'll allow for how The Deep State frustrated him at every turn.

He's sort of the JFK of the Right- we "just know" how great it would have been.

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Short list of worst Presidents ever

* has added 2 trillion in 2 months.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Short list of worst Presidents ever

Biden did not inherit a 7 year economic expansion.

Neither did Obama.

Sort of a pattern there.