Top 10 Worst United States Presidents


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The Top Ten

Barack Obama
Where to begin? 1) No experience and it shows. 2) Considered a weakling by EVERY foreign leader, friend or foe. 3) His "recovery" was worse that the Bush "recession" and why? - more unemployed now than under Bush, and considerably more poverty than in the GREAT DEPRESSION! 4) Rammed through the stupidly named "Affordable Care Act" that simply won't work and will probably be the final nail in the US Economy. 5) Acts like Benghazi never happened despite the fact that the sole remaining err, "Super Power" just got it's foreign mission in Libya destroyed with 4 dead Americans, but hey, who's counting? And to boot, did nothing about it. Oh, did I mention he was hurrying to a Las Vegas Fund Raiser during this fiasco? 6) Hides and protects his equally IQ-Free Attorney General after the Benghazi disaster during Congressional hearings while putting an Executive Gag order on all documents, memoranda and E mail transmissions. 7) Railed against Bush as a then Candidate in 2008 about the loss of our moral compass via torturing suspects. Yeah, that was nasty wasn't it? Then proceeds to become the Drone-meister-in-chief slaughtering thousands BEFORE capture; that is to say-BEFORE getting any valuable intel from them. I guess this is why they gave him the Nobel PEACE Prize or as I now laughingly call it: The Jack-the-Box, Money for nothing' and yer Presidency for Free Prize. 8) Authorized the NSA to basically mind rape the entire country -and that is a fair interpretation of what those spooks are doing - via reading every E mail, listening to every phone call, etc. 9) On top of all of that, he remains a brazen, narcissistic, ego-maniac, out of touch, imperious RULER from on high who actually, for-real, thinks he's the greatest thing since Lincoln.
Yes my friends, we have here the Blue Ribbon, Gold Medal winner of the single biggest Presidential election BUST of All time. And let's not forget he's finally replaced JFK as also the #1 most Overrated President of all time. And he's still got the bulk of his second term to go. God help us.
I'm in the military and I respect him for not treating us as expendable figures. You're by far the most ignorant citizen. You know nothing about that in which you choose to speak. How about next time you actually take the time to read the facts. Stop being a mindless media driven drone
Obama signed the NDAA into law- one of the most dangerous laws ever created in the history of the USA! The NDAA effectively shredded our Bill of Rights! He has a kill list and has murdered innocent men, women, and CHILDREN around the world! He circumvents Congress and the Constitution by use /abuse of executive orders! YEP- I'd say puts him in the top ten, but since he now has more power than any POTUS has ever known AND has used it to dismantle our Republic and take our liberty then that to me makes him the #1 WORST POTUS - so far! Oh yeah, let's not forget that now federal government now has control over our health and bodies through "Obamacare. " And GONE is all privacy between patient and doctor-or all privacy for that matter! I can't think of anything scarier than that! More loss of privacy and freedom has happened under Obama than any other POTUS! It has now become very dangerous to live in the USA! Oh yeah, and the continued bailouts and out of control government spending-more debt accumulated faster under Obama than any other POTUS! AND still no budget after four years! The fed. Continues over-printing the funny money and the extortion of the American people through the (euphemism for this extortion) "quantitative easing! " Total failed economic policy! And he is a war monger! (Who received a Noble PEACE PRIZE? How ridiculous is THAT! Elections have just degraded to celebrity popularity contests between puppets! )
What has he done? NOTHING! He seems to want to plunge us deeper in debt. It's sad we even consider him for re-election.
Wow, he actually got us out of debt. What are you talking about? It's either Bush or Hoover as the worst presidents of all time! Get Obama off this list!
[Newest]Oh no, enough here has been said already!
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2George W. Bush
Bush II is the worse president in my lifetime by far (I am 63). One of his first acts was to transform a budget surplus created under Clinton to a huge and ever growing budget deficit by cutting taxes on the rich and invading two countries. Has any US president increased spending like Bush II and cut taxes at the same time? Don't ever be fooled by the neo-cons name... They are anything but conservatives... They are merely shills for the wealthy and powerful. Bush II also engaged in social engineering. Basically except for the medicare reforms for prescription drugs I think Bush II was basically wrong about every major issue. For example, look at Bush II's invasion of Iraq. First he lied to the American people to obtain support for the invasion. Instead of assembling a multinational coalition of nations like his father did in the first gulf war Bush II invaded with only some weak support from nations he was able to strong arm. The invasion itself was executed poorly... How could they invade without a clear plan on what to do after the conquest of Iraq. It appeared as though no thought was given to how to govern the country after its inevitable conquest. Also, after 9/11 he did nothing to investigate the lax actions of our military during the attacks. The Air Force, the branch of the military most likely able to repel the attacks of 9/11 were totally caught off-guard by the attacks and were not in any position to defend the nation from these attacks despite billions of dollars in taxpayer money paid to create what we were all told was the greatest air force in the world. Bush II was a total disaster as a president.
George W. Bush was a complete disaster and the worst president this country has ever had. He was an embarrassment and a mistake that never should have happened. We'll be decades trying to repair the damage this man caused our great country. He pushed our economy into an oligarchy, he destroyed our freedoms by trying to turn us into a third-world theocratic state, he destabilized the Middle East, was far too careless with the lives of our troops and with our nation's finances, and ruined our reputation abroad. Plus, he was horrible for our national unity. The hatred Americans feel for each other was stirred up to a fever pitch by Bush's policies. I believe Bush may have been well-meaning in some areas, but he had incredibly faulty judgement and the worst leadership skills of any president in memory. He never seemed to be in charge and let Cheney get away with all sorts of corruption.

The only thing that George W. Bush achieved was to make his father look like he had a stellar legacy in comparison. George H.W. Bush was far from a great president, but he was at least a competent one, and he's been a very good ex-president. His son hasn't even stepped up to the plate in that regard. I hope no one will ever come close to being as horrible a president as "Dubya" was.
Obama number one?! Please! Get your facts right. He's a darn good president. He had to clean up after the worst president ever- George bush jr. What did he do for the country? Nothing! He is responsible for a war that should not have happened. Gas was up to 5.00 a gallon or more. Then bush gives us a joke of a tax check then bails out Wall Street pure corruption. What about Cheney making war profits from Iraq? And bush? Bush is a money hungry cold hearted jerk that can't even speak right. His book decision points about made me puke. That idiot didn't write that book. And where is he now? Hiding in his ranch. He should be deported with Cheney. War criminals. I could go on and on Making fun of Obama for winning the peace prize is a ridiculous. He deserved that award and then he donated ALL the money to charity. Would bush do that? No! He couldn't even manage the Texas rangers and you idiots voted for him. A crook and a killer
Truly His hands were tied. IN our opinion He Is The Best President too Represent the People. ,And We truly Love and Honor His Service To the People Of America. , And We Honor His Accomplishments In Foreign Policies. ,WE Honor Him As The Man Given To Us. , Able And Well Prepared for battle.
[Newest]War criminal he belongs in prison with Tony Blair

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3Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER! Here are my top 3 worst.

1. Jimmy Carter- not a leader, raised the gas taxes, and did nothing. (he is worse than obama and jackson which I both hate)

2. Barack Obama- hey, you are leading our country EXTREMELY BADLY. DID NOTHING GOOD.

3. Andrew Jackson- a jerk and loser, a MEAN GUY. I know what you say, what am I thinking. well think about this, if you were a native American and a loser like a puny andrew jackson saying you have to go to Indian territory (aka Oklahoma) which was called the Indian removal act. HE COULD HAVE RECEIVED MORE LAND LIKE JEFFERSON WITH HIS Louisiana PURCHASE, a HUGE SUCCESS BY THE WAY. instead, he behaves like a jerk and is a bully to the native Americans

If you don't like this, JUST don't PUt THUMBS DOWN, ok
Jimmy and Obama, one and the same
This guy hates America cause he didn't get re elected. He should just fade away back from where he crawled out of and never be seen or heard of ever again. A total loser he really brought the country down. I would laugh if it were not so horrible his time in office. Hell his brother Billy couldn't have done much worse.
[Newest]He brought peace between Egypt and Israel. He saved 52 American hostages from Iran

4Richard Nixon
He was half and half. Great in foreign policies and installed the Clean Air Act. If he wasn't so paranoid and ended the Democrat's mess of Vietnam, he would have been regarded as a far better president.
That was actually both the Democrat's AND the Republican's plan. No wonder so many hippies were Independent.
Get your facts straight. Nixon was not impeached. He resigned when Congress was preparing to impeach him. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached.
So my grandpa was a good friend of his but seriously rigging an election that you are winning and doing in the night in a building that has like 1 million security guards and using bright flash lights wow what a dumb thing to do


[Newest]Paranoia was his downfall. Definitely a mental case. Wrecked himself and all by himself. Sad, very sad.

5James Buchanan
Bush was an idiot but seriously? This guy basically caused the civil war
Anyone who thinks Obama is the worst president is obviously bias for several reasons, but the most obvious reason is that he is the current president and since Nixon time it has been cool to hate on the modern president. I don't think he is a great president but at least he didn't let the nation literally fall apart under him. Enter James Buchanan who pretty much basically let slavery spread and did nothing to prevent the Confederacy from forming. It is lucky that we had Lincoln afterward or else the United States wouldn't be the same.
He's universally accepted as the worst president the country has ever had. End of story


[Newest]At least Obama didn't destroy the country...

6Lyndon Johnson
Why this President isn't number one is beyond me. He didn't lead anything. The CIA is the one who pulled his strings. In fact if Kennedy wasn't killed, he would have been the first Vice President in history to go to Jail just like his grandmother said would happen. He was saved by the CIA who he then owed everything to and let them lead the country for those four years that put this country in the dept that we are in today. He was the one who started it all. In fact, we would have been dept free if Kennedy's plan would have stayed in place. By Johnson not being number one, shows me that the American public doesn't know exactly what this man has done in the history of our country which is a shame.
A cowboy who sent thousands of young america to die in Vietnam because he couldn't keep his ego and pride in check. To loose kennedy and get shacked up with this man is perhaps the worst political event that has ever taken place within america.
Do we know who was the master mind behind JFK's assassination. Was JFK's death the only way this guy could avoid going to jail? Why did so many people who knew a lot of inside information get mysteriously killed? Shouldn't this guy be on top of the list?
[Newest]He got involved in the Vietnam War

7Herbert Hoover
Hoover was not a bad president, he did not create the Great Depression. In fact, he tried very hard to prevent it. But an economic collapse of the stock market is uncontrolable. Hoover saw the nations economic boom in the 20's; and knew by the way it was going things were going to be bad, but not as bad as it got. He tried many different strategies before and durring the great depression to prevent and recover. Hoover was just in office at the wrong time. If people actually studied him, they wouyld realize that Hoover was a good president. Naturally the man in office durring the Great Depression would be the blame. Not fair.. So don't point fingers to quickly until you study the subject of the matter.
I have to agree with you. Hoover did not cause the Great Depression, and his methods of trying to combat it with a small government and a handful of federal programs were better for the people and at least constitutional compared to FDR's New Deal that turned the presidency into an imperial office.
The fact that makes him bad is that he believed that he should not give money to the poor. He instead game his money to banks to help them recover after the stock market crash but everyone knows that did NOTHING.
Even if he tried to solve the Great Depression, he only made it worse.
[Newest]It is because hoover made the great depression get worse even no he tried to solve it

8Bill Clinton
Yeah, he cheated on Hillary, and that was horrible but he did do some good things for the country so I'll give him that.
Republicans in the house and senate haves the country a surplus and a fantastic economy and Clinton takes credit for it
Why is Clinton so high on here? Sure, he was impeached but that shouldn't be what we remember him for. We should remember him for his intelligence, personality, leadership, and fantastic decision making skills. Clearly, Clinton's presidency was a prosperous time for Americans.


[Newest]I was a registered democrat and never voted for them, Hillary and brother bill.

9Andrew Johnson
I think Johnson Should be number 1 or at least in the top 3. He ruined everything Lincoln worked for, and set back Black rights for years. I'm even disgusted that there is an elementary school in my Town that's for named after him. Obama might b the most hated on president but I honestly think that he wouldn't have stood a chance even if he Was the best president that Walked This earth. Majority wasn't Happy that there Was a black Man in office. I'm a white woman who Lives in the south, and As soon as he was Elected, I never heard more Racist remarks in my life. Everywhere I turned. Bush Jr. And ronald Reagan and jackson should be up near the top too. Reagan was the very first start to the economic hole were in Right now. Reaganomics. You an start to blame him first and work your Way down The line.
You think invading the Middle East is bad? How about forcing people, who's land you already took and who have adapted to your culture, out of their land because of their skin color?


Andrew was HORRIBLE. Obama actually is quite decent compared to this guy. Nixon wasn't a bad president. He was one of the best politicians to live. But jackson was THE WORST.
[Newest]How is Obama number 1? WAKE UP PEOPLE Andrew Johnson was impeached for a reason. He caused the trail of tears killing Native Americans. Please get him off the $20 bill.
You thinking of Andrew Jackson and he pushed off Indian not johnson but both suck


10Woodrow Wilson
I disagree. The guy who talks about Woodrow Wilson causing WWII obviously has no idea what he's talking about. The Treaty was signed by Clemenceau and Lloyd George as well. As a matter of fact, Woodrow Wilson was the least harsh in that he wanted to avoid punishing Germany too severely for fear one day they might backlash.

Secondly, Wilson was actually quite progressive for his time period. He's indirectly responsible for the UN and was keen on seeing other countries gain independence. Although not the best president, he certainly doesn't deserve the title as "worst president" either.
Woodrow Wilson was a racist and only backed women suffrage for the votes. He also passed Sedition Acts that not only contributed to the Red Scare, but allowed it to run rampant in government. He encouraged self-determination, but only for European, or, rather, white nations. He denied the right for African and Asian countries then under imperial rule the same opportunity to choose their own leader and government style.
Federal Reserve Act of 1913, signed into law by none other. This and the NDAA are the two worst bills in US history, making Wilson and Obama the two ABSOLUTE WORST PRESIDENTS EVER!
[Newest]Simply a racist. And a hypocrite.

The Contenders

11Warren G. Harding
Harding was clearly one of the worst US presidents, although he is relatively unknown today. I believe his own words were, "I am not fit for this office and should never have been here. " Harding enjoyed being liked more than he prized being a good leader. While president, he busied himself with golf, poker, and his mistress, while appointees and cronies plundered the U.S. government. (They were dishonest cheats, who came to be known as "the Ohio gang. " Many of them were later charged with defrauding the government, and some of them went to jail. )
He cheated on his wife, only played golf and poker, and drank during Prohibition. Also, along with Coolidge, was the cause of the Great Depression. Horrible president.
He lost the White House China while he was gambling, because he ran out of money to gamble!

12Andrew Jackson
I honestly think that the whole "Indian Removal Act" was a blackmail from the bankers, I mean come on!
-JFK was blackmailed for going after the bankers, he was said to had an affair with his spouse, and the whole "Monroe" scandal. Not to mention he got killed by the bankers.
-Abraham Lincoln went after the bankers, got killed.

Andrew Jackson won against the bankers, and you guessed it, he got blackmailed... with the whole removal act against the Indians.
How is this idiot not higher? His whole government system was completely crooked and he nearly got kicked out of office for trying to fire his secretary of war. Really, is there anything this guy is known for other than being impeached? At least Obama is imaginative and full of determination. He even caught Osama Bin Laden! Plus half of his mistakes aren't his fault because of a partly democratic partly republican congress. And what did Andrew Jackson do. ABSOLUTELY damn NOTHING!


Obama did NOTHING to catch osama, except say go do it. Seal Team 6 did, never EVER give that dumbass the credit


Andrew Jackson. I have only one thing to say about him and I'm going to cut to the chase. I'm going to flat out tell you people that he was one of the worst presidents this country ever had. If you people don't believe me, then fine be that way, I don't care, just don't rub it in face! There is no need to start an argument like those stupid people on YouTube
[Newest]He's the worst president ever in my opinion. Kicked thousands of native Americans out of their homes, forced them to go down the Trail of Tears, and confine them to "Indian reservations", which were mostly desert.

13Franklin D. Roosevelt
ARE YOU SERIOUS? He helped lead us out of the Great Depression, tried to prevent another one. HE LEAD US THROUGH WWII. Sure he was unorganized, but he lead us through on of our darkest times when Hoover didn't do anything.
FDR fundamentally changed the relationship between the individual and the government and quite possibly eroded the democratic process (pertaining to the individual) more than any other president. Two thumbs way down.
Ultimate big government socialist. Failed New Deal policies which let Great Depression extend years beyond what it needed to be. Prototype of a bigger, harder left, Obama failed presidency.
[Newest]He is a good president
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14Ulysses S. Grant
One of the greatest generals ever, but one of the worst presidents, sadly
Terrible president. Did nothing.


He was not a good president

15John Tyler
He never did anything. how would he be in the whig party? Voters after 1833 have no common sense 1840-1844 as presdient... is there anything he is known for? Should be higher up probley the worst presdient of the reconstrounction time along with andrew johnson

16George H. W. Bush
Inarticulate, oblivious, a stooge of the far right, a legend in his own mind, replaced leadership with photo-ops, huckster, charlatan, not a Republican but a radical, a Reagan wannabe without the leadership skills


A crook, a person who has manipulated and stole from people since day one. Everything he has ever done has been done in secret and by cheating someone else. A terrible President and an even worse person. Not to be trusted.
He is the one that started all the that his son continued and Obama tried to clean up (which backfired critically).

17James Polk
Sacrificed men, just to start an unnecessary war with Mexico, easily one if the worst
The only president to support the extermination-not just treating unfairly-of actual citizens. See Mormons being hunted and eventually kicked out of their homes in the early to mid 1800s.
Broke every treaty he made with Native American tribes.

18Martin Van Buren
Typical. Blame the man in charge! The only reason Van Buren is considered a bad president is because he was blamed for all of the atrocious things Andrew Jackson done in his presidency. I also pity the foo who thinks Obama is Satan or other nonsense the media tries to convince us is true. People nowadays are just so ignorant and feeble minded to believe in propaganda that bashes out Obama like Fox News and all that baloney! Seriously, what is this world coming to!?!?!?
Was known as the Little Magician
Was president during the panic of 1837
Enforced the Indian Removal Act

19Ronald Reagan
Are you for real? He was a great president. 1. ) He basically ended the Cold War 2. ) Helped get the Berlin torn down
Reagan did not end the cold war... He merely was sitting in office when Gorbachev ended the cold war.
Iran-Contra, raising taxes on the poor and middle class, Savings and Loan scandal, Busting the PATCO--the air traffic controllers' union--the union's complaints were legitimate), catering to the Religious Right, ignoring AIDS, refusing to crack down on Wall St excesses, reducing funding for college students, attempts to dismantle reasonable environmental laws, tripled the national debt, forced all social security disability cases to be formally reviewed because he believed that most of the beneficiaries were cheats (cost a lot more money than was saved. ) spent money on Star Wars missile defense system that was regarded by expert scientists and engineers as unrealistic and risky, promoted 'trickle-down economics'--which put a lot more money in the hands of the wealthiest.5% with little benefit to the rest of us... Closed the mental institutions and woefully, inadequately funded community mental health centers, creating a huge homeless population.
Ronald regan rules one of the best not worst stupid list how bad are you what's next lincoln
[Newest]History will show his presidency being the worst ever. This is where the point of inflection happened where the a Republican Party said deficit spending don't matter. Washington may be the father of our country. Reagan is the father of our national debt. Which, will eventually be the end of this nation.
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20Gerald Ford
Ford was the person who took the last of the soldiers out of Vietnam. He needs to be lower!


Get a life and win a election clearly
Just a do-nothing President.

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