Top 10 Worst United States PresidentsMarcopwnzatdrums
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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.
Obama did nothing. Enough said. I can't believe I voted for him at first... - SailorSednaV 1167 Comments
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
I absolutely agree with you. Bush destroyed this land and Obama is trying to patch things back together before he leaves office - SteelCity99
George W. Bush was by far the worst president the US has ever seen. Firstly, Al Gore had over 200,000 more votes than him, but his brother, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, rigged the system. His response to the 9/11 attacks were slow. He made the situation worse, by, in 2001 and 2003, invading Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghanistan war, even though terrible, was slightly justified. But they had no doings whatsoever in Iraq. After lying to the American people about nuclear weapons, he invaded, against the UN's wishes. Both wars cost trillions of dollars, and thousands of American and civilian lives. The Americans committed numerous war crimes, and left both countries as absolute wastelands, achieving nothing but a few more gallons of oil. Ironically, when his own country was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Bush's reaction was slow and clumsy. It was 5 days before any full rescue operation was attempted, at the cost of over 800 lives. He lowered taxes on the rich, raised them on ...more
"I screwed you all, but thanks for blaming it on the black guy"V 552 Comments
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
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Should be #2 right behind Hussein ObamaV 75 Comments
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.
Bush was an idiot but seriously? This guy basically caused the civil war
He's universally accepted as the worst president the country has ever had. End of story - SVGPLAGUE
All I have to say to people who think Obama was the worst president is that they need to check some former presidents instead of rushing at the mistakes our current president has made.V 71 Comments
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
Very Underrated, Take away watergate, an extremely good presidentV 75 Comments
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
Thanks almost single-handedly to this selfish prick, African American civil rights were set back a hundred years and the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the Civil War died for almost nothing. Reconstruction would not have been an easy task, not even for Lincoln, but just about ANY other Union politician at the time would have at least been on the right side of history and come up with something that would've lasted far beyond 1877. Johnson also pretty much allowed his administration to implode by inflaming the Radical Republicans, resulting in the presidency losing most of its power to greedy robber barons during the subsequent few decades.
James Buchanan, George W. Bush, and Franklin Pierce were all terrible leaders, but no other American President has damaged the course of United States history by his own accord than Andrew Johnson. - Infinity183
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 did not have sexual relations with that woman." - TheAwesomeBrosVotesV 133 Comments
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
Hoover was a good American who helped starving kids in Europe after WWI, but not so good as a President. The reason he didn't help was because he felt the government interfering might hurt more. - SailorSednaV 36 Comments
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.
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.
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.
John Kennedy, the president before Johnson, was about to sign an act to keep out of the war. As you may know, war brings in money for the Federal Reserve. Well, President Kennedy was killed very soon after that. LBJ then signed a form saying that more troops should go to Vietnam. Some conspiracy theorists say that Lyndon B. Johnson had something to do with Kennedy's assassination. If you look in the background at the video of the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, look for LBJ. He is oddly smiling.V 46 Comments
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. )
Certainly Harding was not a great man or great leader. However, his administration did something very significant for which it has been forgotten: it shortened the length of the deflationary depression of 1920-21 primarily by issuing debt-free silver coins to circulate among the people. Just look at the circulation of silver dollars for 1921 versus most of the earlier twentieth century. Following WWI, America needed a financial boost, and the Harding administration did it. This contrasts starkly with Hoover's and FDR's Keynesian mishandling of matters that fueled the Great Depression a decade later. The claims that Harding caused the Great Depression are without foundation. The Great Depression was caused by too much credit and the withdrawal of that credit, the opposite of the issuance of hard money, which Harding championed. Though he was not a great man, Harding deserves a better place than 11th worst.
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.
In class we read a book on presidents and it said that he even said he wasnt fit to be a president.V 19 Comments
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.
Wilson wasn't even alive during WWII (he died in 1924) NOW GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!V 41 Comments
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..
Like Trump, Andrew Jackson was far from perfect. Admittedly racist in an age of racists, no doubt surrounded by corrupt politicians, Jackson nonetheless did one thing that really mattered, and upon which his legacy should be built: he fought the banks and won. He kept privately-owned banks OUT of US government literally until 1913. I have no concern for anything else he did, didn't do, or might have done. I don't care. For this one thing, for keeping banks out for nearly 80 years, he deserves his place as one of the BEST presidents the US has ever had. Whoever ranked him as the 12th worst obviously doesn't understand the importance or significance of debt to governments, and just how devastating it can be.
He was pro slavery, racist, killed Indians and founded the Democratic Party. He should not be on our $20 bill! - aggies123V 85 Comments
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 was neither a good or bad presidentV 19 Comments
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.
He did that, but he also was responsible for imprisoning innocent Japanese Americans after the bomb attack on Pearl Harbor, when they didn't do anything wrong. - SailorSedna
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
Tripled the recovery time from the depression.V 109 Comments
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.V 6 Comments
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.
He was a bad conservative just like Reagan. He lost in a landslide to a far younger candidate, Bill Clinton. He gave birth to a monster, who BARELY won the 2000 election. I guess he did undo "Reaganomics", so the middle and lower class didn't have to cough up cash, while the rich had tax cuts. So I guess that was goodV 25 Comments
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 pridentV 5 Comments
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
Van Buren wasn't that bad of a president, he just had the bad luck of being elected into office after Jackson. Jackson's removal of the National Bank caused financial ruin, and Van Buren was the one who had to deal with it.
During the Panic of 1837, the people called him "van Ruin".V 4 Comments
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.
Well, thirteen is an unlucky number.V 9 Comments
The Ford company was founded by Henry Ford, not Gerald Ford
Ford was the person who took the last of the soldiers out of Vietnam. He needs to be lower! - Turkeyasylum
My mom hated him because he pardoned Nixon.
He wasn't awful but he wasn't greatV 11 Comments
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