Jefferson Davis. He led his country to total defeat.
My Pal Cal is in the top 5.
Since the idiot sockpuppet living in our White House is not Constitutionally qualified to hold the office of president, I can’t even put him on the list. Probably would put Carter, one of our first openly anti-Semitic and anti-American presidents.
and he hasn’t done all his damage yet.
Even Bush, with Michael Moore and the entire left-wing news media establishment screeching about Iraq, won more of the popular vote in 2004 than he did in 2000. Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and even Richard Nixon improved their standing in the popular vote from one election to the next.
In my lifetime, the only incumbent who ever declined in his percentage of the popular vote, while still managing to scrape out a win, was Barack Obama.
Woodrow Wilson who set the country on a path of socialism and central government control.
They all stunk.
Each President has left office with a bigger federal government than he began with.
Worst president ever...
Is that limited to US presidents?
If not then I’m torn between Obama and Idi Amin Dada for worst president ever.
Sadly in my life I have seen a more terrible presidents then any other generation. Starting with LBJ, then Nixon, then Jimmy, then Bush and then Obama. The worst of the above has to be LBJ after that it’s a tie. I’d put Clinton in there too (Kosovo, China), but Clinton let Newt save his presidency domestically.
Hate to disagree with Medved’s assessments in many places.
Lincoln is overrated and possibly the worst in terms of carnage and tossing out principles of our government.
Certainly FDR is 1 of the worst, as are Wilson and Teddy.
Sometimes the best presidents are those you DON’T hear about, more obscure. They are more likely to have done as little as a hands-off government probably should do.
I prefer to judge them based on the amount of damage they did (or did not do) to the country and their fealty to the idea of limited government. Thus, the worst: Wilson, FDR, Lincoln, Obama, LBJ, TR, Hoover.
In my lifetime it is Carter and Obama. The sad thing is that we re-elected an epic fail. Cleaning up the mess of a bad president takes a long time; for example, we are still cleaning the mess that Carter left.
(every 20th century Democrat - Truman- JFK) + Obama + Jackson
In order, worst to bad:
His voter base doesn't care about jobs! They only want another hand-out!
Obama is the worst POTUS ever...to those who love America!
Buchanan did nothing with the country rushing to Civil War.
BTW, what Buchanan said on leaving is pretty much what Washington said, the greatest.
So, in my opinion who were the worst presidents according to their inaugural addresses?
In that order.
There was a competition for worst President? Who knew?
Actually that was settled long ago, with the rise of “progressive” thought in political affairs, most notably with Woodrow Wilson and his intellectual heir, FDR.
LBJ, Carter, and now Bronco Bama have raised the stakes repeatedly, having bid up the price of entry based on the degree by which each has dipped into the resources of the US Treasury and ended up raising the national debt along the way (and no, Bush does not escape culpability, but he did show at least some concern for preservation of what was uniquely America).
The more liberal, the worse the President turns out to be. And Bronco Bama has raised the bar in ways no sane person could have predicted.
But Carter tried, oh, Lord knows, how he tried.
Jimmy, you have simply been outpaced.
Eventually, Obama leads this list. He's the only President of the USA who actively hated the country and its inhabitants.
Carter, for his sheer incompetency.
LBJ, who actively, if unintentionally, did more widespread and long-term damage to the country than any other president before Obama. His War on Poverty and War in Viet Nam are (were) utter disasters for the American culture.
Hoover, whose administration helped create the Great Depression, just as the Obama administration helped creat the Great Recession. Both insisted upon exactly the wrong medicine -- government intervention, in the form of more spending and more taxes.
I'm reluctant to include FDR on this list, since his record is actually mixed -- good and bad. His social and domestic policies were failures, as he simply expanded on Hoover's idea. Moreover, he enabled massive penetration of the federal apparatus by Communism. But he gets substantial offsetting credit for winning WW II.
Wilson, the misguided intellectual -- who made a hash out of the Allied victory in WW I.
Obama 4th Best President Ever!
1 - Ronald Reagan and 9 others tied for first
2 - 15 former presidents tied for second
3 - 18 others tied for third
4 - Obama came in fourth.