Top 10 Worst United States Presidents

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1Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama II is the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney.

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.

He's done nothing because republicans in the senate and House of Representatives oppose everything he tries to do, being selfish and bigoted even though they're supposed to represent our country. - pandagirl

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 ...more

Since his inauguration in 2009, we have not seen the "Hope" that he promised in his campaign. However, we have seen the "Change". This country is changing for the worst under his presidency. He is trying to get rid of the very foundations this country was built on: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Constitution. He wants to overpower Congress, establish a socialist health care act, and void us of our Constitutional rights. Not to mention the many scandals: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting conservative groups, and the NSA. Imagine if a conservative president was half as bad as Obama. All mainstream media would be pushing for his impeachment.

We are granted certain rights by the Constitution that must NOT be infringed upon. However, that does not stop Obama. We have the right to bear arms. We have the right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Banning prayer from public schools? Trying to ...more

The us was not founded on the principals of Christianity. Americans don't have to be Christian because we can worship whoever the hell we want. Religion has no place is politics and when it does a lot of people end up dying.

Arrest him already and Hillary Clinton why you are at it!

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2George W. BushGeorge Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

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 ...more

Dear George W. Bush, the people who are hating on Barack Obama as the scapegoat for America's current problems is all because of YOU. I honestly can't think of one or two good things you did for the country, with ISIS rising being all because of your 2003 invasion of Iraq that you only wanted the oil from and only used WMD's that weren't even there to begin with as an excuse for it. Sure, democracy was also a justification, but your invasion still divided Iraq because you caused internal ethnic conflicts within it. Also, Barack Obama had to go and fix the recession YOU caused and is still dealing with the problems in the Middle East that you started and intensified. Yet, he is still hated by America and is still pushing on despite his criticisms. You're only in 2nd place right now since TheTopTens is mostly conservative. I don't care if anyone calls me an Obamabot, but I am just speaking with logic and reason here. George W. Bush, you will always be 1st place as the worst US president ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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 ...more

George bush is the reason why 9/11 happened all because he didn't pull out his troops from the middle east. Also he is the reason why iraq is in a mess. If only Bush had left Iraq alone, but guess what? He was just desperate to start a war. I'm not siding with Saddam Hussein, but messing with him was a STUPID MOVE. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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3Jimmy CarterJames Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

Prior to Obama, Carter was definitely THE WORST EVER! However, where Carter tried to illicit peace in the Middle East Obama went out of his way to support the overthrow of many ME governments that were either supportive or neutral by radical Muslims who then unified and strengthened terrorism. His economic "leadership" threw the US into a disastrous recession, that eventually became the key item behind his defeat in the bid for a second term. Carter's weak, soggy affect as a leader opened the door for the Iran hostage crisis. Carter is a known liar and buffoon who used to carry around empty suitcases to appear a "common man" and often deferred/referred to both his drunken brother and (then) 10 year old daughter about policy items. He is also the only president to be so arrogant and concerned with saving his wretched legacy that he's broken the cardinal rule of speaking out negatively about other presidents and tried to commit policy action.

Jimmy and Obama, one and the same

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

No one president made this country weaker and less respected then jimmy carter, until obama came along and added the financial crisis as well.

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4James BuchananJames Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.

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 - SVGPLAGUE

Inept leadership during the years leading up to the American Civil War

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5Richard NixonRichard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S.

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 - michaeldivine

Why is disgusting not number 1? He Signed in The Controlled Substances Act, which took a good country and COMPLETELY ruined it.

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6Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson has to be the worst US President this country has ever had, and if you know your history you will agree. First, he wasn't even elected, he was VP when Lincoln ( who could be our best President or at least top 3) was assassinated. He was the first president to be impeached, and after the Civil War when the country was in shambles and violent riots and revolts popping up all over the country; he did more to extend the period of nationality disunity and contention then he did to heal the wounds of the war and state of the overall country.

Also I do not believe Obama should be rated number one worst president, don't get me wrong I do not think he is a good president but there are definitely worst presidents in our history.

Actually I created my own list and I know my history he was an amazing president sworn in on a plane after JFK' s assassination. - 12345678901234567890

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? - Ayasti

Andrew Johnson has to be the worst US President this country has ever had

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7Bill 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

Bill Clinton was not the worst president ever. I know some don't like him because of the Monica stuff, but that's between him and Hillary and should not determine his role as president. When half the people in congress at the time were having affairs anyway. Clinton did get some stuff done and he would never let us get trillions of dollars in debt.

I don't like him, I just don't. He needs to fix his hair.

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8Lyndon JohnsonLyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F.

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.

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.

If you look at Wikipedia, he is actually ranked as the 13th best, maybe because our nation was prosperous during his presidency, and there was this little matter of the Civil Rights Act, although since our only African-American president is ranked worst, it's obvious there are a lot of bigots on this website. Obama is actually ranked 17th, well ahead of W's 34th, proving that the two of them aren't even in the same galaxy as a president. By the way, Wikipedia's listing is actually a compilation of a number of experts' lists, so it isn't just one man's opinion, and it's the opinion of people who have studied the subject and aren't just shooting off their mouth.

Bad foreign policy but a very progressive domestic agenda

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9Herbert 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.

Herbert Hoover was not a bad president! He tried to stop the Great Depression and save America. This man was a very great man but, sadly went down in history. He got all the blame but it wasn't his fault. I mean no one would be able to stop this! What if you were him? How would you try to make it stop. He set up food relief efforts to try and stop the Great Depression. This poor man was just mislead and got all the blame!

Hoover stuffed up badly! During the Great Depression, Hoover should have dropped tax rates, and increased government spending, which would lead to more investment and eventually increase firms production. Instead, he raised them! This decreased consumer demand, which lead to a decrease in production and lead to a rise in unemployment. Hoover stuffed up badly, and is a key reason not for causing the Great Depression, but making it worse

Nothing but contempt for the working class. Thanks for making the Great Depression worse!

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10Woodrow WilsonThomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.

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.

The creation of the Federal Reserve under Wilson was the death of this country's liberty, as Benjamin Franklin had stated it would be previously. He was backed by the private "Federal" Reserve,( implying something that is simply untrue, that it is government owned ) to be elected, in return for signing the Bill that officially created the "Federal Reserve". Lincoln had already been killed & 2 assassination attempts on Johnson for printing his own money, greenbacks, instead of paying 25-36% interest to pay for the War & create such debt for the country, & actually shutting down the First Bank, respectively, but Andrew Johnson was horrible in other ways, he's definitely in the top 10 Worst as well. Wilson died with HUGE regrets, saying "I have betrayed my country" (by signing the Federal Reserve Act)... so this redeems him somewhat in my eyes, as most of the Presidents on this list actually are so bad, they had ZERO qualms over killing innocent people, American & otherwise, so because ...more

Woodrow Wilson, during his term created the Federal Reserve bank and Income Tax to finance the debt created by America borrowing the money created by the Federal Reserve yet the creation of paper money is paid by us. By the way, just a few congressmen were in cahoots with the president, so they met when all the others were back home to pass the bill. They snuck it through thanks to Wilson. For this reason he is even worse than Obama.

The Federal Reserve Act. 'enough Said.

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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. )

It's between him and Nixon for the most dishonest President. Nixon actually had some positive accomplishments, like opening up relations with China. Harding died early on, we can only guess how much damage he and his cronies would've done.

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.

Most corrupted president ever

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12Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively ...read more.

I accidentally voted for Andrew Johnson, thinking it was Andrew Jackson LOL.
Jackson was a racist, horrible man who DEFINITELY no longer fits into the Democratic Party. Allow me to share a quote that proves me right:

“[American Indians] have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.” -Andrew Jackson

See? He was the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!

He fit in the democratic party of his time because he was the First. - Jam3s

Indian Removal act!? Blech! This horrible man was a total racist, and destroyed native Americans and whacked them out of their own land. But despite that totally being unethical, we gotta credit him. We had a nation INSIDE a nation. That's absolutely not right. I mean, no, dude, you should not have booted the natives out of their land. But America needed expansion! A horrible excuse isn't it? Worst than manifest destiny, the stupid idea that we had permission from God to wipe out everyone cause it was a religious command to grow. But hey, horrible man; yes. Horrible president? Hate to say it but no. He helped America grow. He was pretty darn evil, and a drunk as well. But a good president he was. Boot him outta here, but put him on #1 on evil president's list..

Under Andrew Jackson, the Indian Removal Act was passed. It forced thousands of Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, and other tribes to walk the Teail of Tears to Oklahoma, where the land was considerably less fertile. Thousands died on the walk. Keep in mind many of these tribes were extremely developed, like the Cherokee made a Constitution modeled after the US Constitution in an attempt to stay in their home land and live in harmony with the Americans, which is exactly what they wanted. Instead, Jackson sent them away just so the settlers could have more land. How greedy!

Many other things made him my least favorite president. Sure, he created the Democrat party and wanted to cater to the ordinary person, but that doesn't make him exempt from being a bad president. - Turkeyasylum

I accidentally voted for Andrew johnson but this guy is worse, he was racist and we'll all around a horrible president

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13Ulysses S. Grant

His era was rife with corruption because he was very trusting in people who were taking advantage of his power and ultimately has to be considered among the top people responsible for the mess that was Washington during this time period. As was said earlier, perhaps the greatest general in US history, but his undeniable skills didn't translate well to his presidency and it was a horrible black hole of corruption in any honest reading of US History. Not as bad as Andrew Johnson, who he proceeded (and was undoubtedly the worst president of all time), but definitely top 10 worst presidents to date.

One of the greatest generals ever, but one of the worst presidents, sadly

This man lead one of the most corrupt presidencies in our history

He is one of the best presidents he was a very good president

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14Franklin D. RooseveltFranklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events during ...read more.

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.

He had the audacity to claim to be a supporter of freedom and try to topple a regime that throws people in prison camps based on ethnicity, when he did the same thing to Japanese Americans. But everyone I've talked to about it just tries to deny it so their perfect little historical view isn't sullied

TERRIBLE. He did not get America OUT of the depression... A combination of his and Hoover's policies only WORSENED and PROLONGED the depression! His presidency marked the beginning of the welfare state, which continues to haunt us today.

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15Franklin Pierce

He should be at least 10 spots higher. He wanted to expand the slavery institution just before the Civil War and he was indecisive as all hell - marmalade_skies

He was not as bad as most think. He was anti-slavery himself, though he was sympathetic to the south's troubles.

The only reason I voted for him was because I wanted to comment on this. I am from New Hampshire and I find it offensive that he is even this high on the list. He attained the rank of brigadier-general during the war of 1812. I find that rank hardly ever given to a "drunkard". NH Pride! - arttheperson

Only became president because he just so happened to be roommates with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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16George H. W. Bush

Believe it or not, a good Democrat should know that he wasn't the worst. He put in some kind of good, neo-liberal policies, and I can respect that. SUPERIOR to his son.

When you lowkey know your son was responsible for 9/11

Keep in mind he was the only reason America's economy was up during Clinton's term.

His Son Is Even Worse

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17John Tyler

To date, the only president to be kicked out of his own party.

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

He diid not work his way up to bulid the courty of america and nothing as change seen he become a prident

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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!?!?!?

He continued Jackson's failed policies. If you look at the data, just as many, if not more, native Americans were killed during Van Buren's administration than in Jackson's! - marmalade_skies

The person who bashed on Andrew Jackson needs a history lesson. He didn't even hate Indians, they were attacking US citizens so if course he removed them. Try to actually read up on history before blaming others

No way all 20 president are good

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19Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore created the can't help a slave escape law or something in the times of the Underground Railroad that's just mean

He was one of the laziest presidents ever! He was the last president in the Whig party. He is the most forgotten president ever!

I would rather have James polk than him. Sense!? 1850 would be a shame.

Never heard of him

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20James Polk

The idea of starting an unnecessary war with Mexico, only to conquer land to could have the complete pacific coast united was awful, and annex Texas, who was Mexico territory, despite being colonized by Americans due to illegal immigration also promoted by United States, was also terrible

Greatest ever president! The Mexican did nothing with the land there were only 20,000 people living there. Now they of course would like it back!

Sacrificed men, just to start an unnecessary war with Mexico, easily one if the worst

He was amazing.

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