Top 10 Worst United States Presidents

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1Barack Obama

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

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!

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.

From Obama care, to crippling American's with his tax policies, increasing the federal deficit, attacking American's 2nd amendment rights, prisoner swaps, Iranian deal, the list goes on and on and on... The most frustrating thing about this so called "leader of the free world" is he doesn't care about the Mom-Pop ran businesses, he is a communist and should be put in jail or at the very least impeached!

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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 ...more

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

Where do I start. George W Bush is a liar and a fraud. This guy used 9/11 to his advantage and covered it up by claiming that God told him to invade the Middle East. He invaded it to get the natural resources that lie within these countries. He also knew that 9/11 was going to happen but chose to ignore the warnings and look what happened. He left a mess for Obama to clean up. He has also led to the death of thousands of people. This is why I can't stand Republicans. - DarkLord

He killed people

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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.

Just straight dumb

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4James 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 - SVGPLAGUE

Gay ass hoes ain't loyal.

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5Richard 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 - michaeldivine

I don't think he was a good president at all, I forgot he either spied on other countries or sent other countries to spy on us, either way around he was a coward, he was afraid of being kicked out so he resigned himself.

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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?

He died in shame

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7Andrew 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

He is a good man a very good man he put the country. The only reason he got impeached because he was too nice to the South.

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8Herbert 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.

My vote goes to Hoover because under him, the Great Depression formed. And his reaction was that he thought business could recover the country. That plan failed. Miserably. - Turkeyasylum

Actually Herbert Hoover did very little to try and fix the depression he believed that people could do it themselves ya maybe if they had jobs

He didn't do it to help America during the depression and aloud Veterans to be attacked.

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9Bill 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

Clinton had the intelligence, the personality and all that it implies, but he didn't know discretion. He should have kept his affairs out of the public arena and out of the Oval Office. Also, when confronted with the affair with Lewinsky, he should have just admitted it rather than lying about it. Geez. For someone that smart, he made a dumb move.

He is just bad

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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.

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.

Sedition and espionage acts... that's all I have to say. No other president to date has gone so far over the constitution as much as he has. He's the worst, Obama is a close second though.

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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. )

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.

Honestly not sure how Obama can possibly be first place with this man in contention. All he did was play poker while his corrupt friends ruined the government.

The only reason people here aren't voting for truly horrible presidents such as Buchanan and Harding is because most modern kids are too stupid to even know who they were.

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12Andrew Jackson

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

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! - DaRealXgen

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

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.

This guy is a MONSTER! The things NIGHTMARES are made of! Can't believe he's on the 20 dollar bill! Hitler, Hitler, Hitler!

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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.

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

He prolonged the great depression - Poop2

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14Ulysses S. Grant

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

Terrible president. Did nothing. - Alpha101

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15George 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 - mgenet

The WORST president of the late 20th century. Set the precedent for war and death, regime change garbage that will set us up for global wars for years to come. And while George W. may be bad, he would not have existed were it not for the father (the source). PURE frigging evil.

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).

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16Gerald Ford

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.

I thought Hitachi Mitsubishi invented the Ford motor company

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17Franklin Pierce

I'm crazy I called this called fierce pierce

Franklin Pierce behind FDR? FDR is arguably our nation's greatest president! Pierce was a drunkard in the War of 1812 and couldn't even fight. He basically won the presidency because his good friend wrote a book about him. Let's not also forget the Kansas-Nebraska act basically spread slavery out west.

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18Ronald 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.

Should be much higher, at least above Obama, and yes I am absolutely for real because I do not get my facts from FOX News. Conservatives think of him as a great ax-cutter but he raised taxes every year but one during his presidency. I see people saying that Obama raised taxes. If this is true for you, congratulations. You are in the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, because it is false for everyone else. The CEO pay discrepancy started under Reagan, and ballooned under both Bushes. If you're giving Reagan credit for ending the Cold War, then give Obama credit for normalizing relations with Cuba. Reagan also had a much more reasonable Congress to work with. Look, I think Reagan was a nice man and unlike the Bushes, I think he really believed what he was doing was best for America. Unfortunately, unless you are one of the super-wealthy, he was wrong.

Yet republicans view him as a god. Weird.

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19James 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.

He was the worst president ever!

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20Martin 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

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