Top 10 Worst United States Presidents

The Top Ten
1 George W. Bush George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who was born in July 6, 1946. He served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. He is the eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

I do not like Bush at all and I think he is still worse than Trump. Trump got close to starting wars nobody wanted, Bush started several that have butchered millions and have plunged several nations into never ending chaos, allowing our worst adversaries to opportunize on it. He had a very admirable charisma from 9/11, and, like many bad leaders, used it to his advantage.

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

Quite literally, the Worst president the U. S has ever produced. 9/11 was caused by Bush because he knew it was going to happen, but instead of trying to stop it, he decided to just let it happen in order to see what he could do about it. After that, he then took advantage one of the most tragic events in human history and then covers it up by saying that God told him to pay the Muslims of the Middle East a severe punishment. In reality, he decided to attack the Middle East only for their wealth, oil and rich resources, confirming him as a very greedy, selfish president. George Bush is not only the worst president of the U. S, but is also one of the worst presidents in the world. Letting a terrorist attack occur on purpose is never a forgivable act. This, and using this sad event, sacking so much money and resources and ruining the reputations of Islam, the Middle East and the U. S itself cements him in this spot...

Bush's administration, I can't even name all it's blunders. It seems like any new issue that arises these days can be attributed to him. Most recently, becoming aware that the oil and gas industry is EXEMPT from the clean air and clean waters acts! That's like saying all fast food restaurants can be exempt from health inspections (maybe I spoke too soon, wouldn't be surprised if Cheney threw this into a bill somewhere for us to discover). Then we have all the blunders we all know about, 9/11 (where CIA officers were resigning left and right because the administration would do nothing to prevent it), the Iraq War, Scooter Libby (who Bush pardoned), the list never ends.

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

Anyone who thinks Obama is the worst president is obviously biased 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. Luckily, we had Lincoln afterwards or else the United States wouldn't be the same.

First off those people who voted for Obama as the worst president clearly have done very little research into the actual numbers. Secondly, even if he was terrible I have a hard time believing he could come close to this guy. Heck, even as someone who really dislikes the way Bush handles things, he still isn't close to this guy. James Buchanan was a complete coward, he basically refused to do anything to prevent the growing civil war because he was worried about his reputation, and alienated all sides in the process. The idea that powerful leaders appear in times of crisis is easily disproved by Buchanan.

This guy was worse than Pierce because he did nothing to stop the Civil War or the Union falling apart. Did basically nothing while in office except blatantly ignore slavery, saying it had little importance. So he was really the cause of the Civil War even though it happened under Lincoln's watch.

This guy was a bachelor because he practically just he didn't really do anything, didn't have a nice look, and was NOT a good president. He caused the Civil War (pretty much), and he made Abraham Lincoln solve everything. If you were to say all of the presidents who did nothing to help the country, then all you would say is Warren Harding and this dude. But Buchanan is slightly worse than Harding because Buchanan did ESPECIALLY nothing. Finally, he was the 3rd oldest President, and the "Old People Are The Greatest" does not apply here. It would just be easier for everyone if we forget he existed

3 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

A lot of people say Obama is being hated on for dumb reasons, but there is some validity to not like him. I don't like him as he has overseen some of the worst human rights disasters through his policies.

1. Libya, Libya, Libya. Obama admits this is his worst mistake and it's not hard to see why. While Gaddafi was an evil tyrant, Obama had no plans for statebuilding or security after, and Libya proceeded to go through a 9 year civil war that could re-awake any moment.

2. Yemen. Obama botched this one pretty bad too. There were conflicting interests at bay, he could either appease the Saudis or Iranians and basically promoted the Saudi faction in the Yemeni civil war which has led to nothing but pain for just about everyone living in Yemen. Yemen has basically been under a brutal genocide by Saudi forces and it doesn't help that Iranian-backed Shia fanatics has plunged the country further after.

1) a liar 2) lacks all the morals, values, and standards any American should have, especially a president 3) has no backbone 4) has no idea what he's doing 5) he's using his seat to do what he wants to do to our country, not what's best for our country. He has managed to divide this country directly in half and the half that he cares about is the half that free loads off of the other half. The question isn't "Is he the worst president ever? " Cause that answer is way too obvious. The question is "Why is he our president? " And the answer to that is that there are enough free loaders, air headed liberals, and idiots that don't have a clue what they're voting for, why they're voting, don't care enough to know what they're voting for to put him in there.

Most Anti-American President in the history of the United States. Has put this country in more debt than the combined total of all Presidents. Only concern is giving away our jobs and money to those who have not put one penny into this country. Putting Americans in harms way allowing illegals from all over the world into our country and then wanting us to pay them for coming in while millions of Americans are without work. Puts illegals ahead of veterans who have put their lives and limbs on the line allowing him and those who continue to support him to do and say the ridiculous things they do. Has caused more racial tension during his term than any President since Lincoln. Has absolutely no military experience and gets rid of those that do have it if they disagree with him. Has hired more tax evaders than any other leader. Apologizes to terrorists for America. (UNBELIEVABLE). Criticizes Christians during a speech on National Day of Pray. Wants American dependent upon foreign ...more

Opening the boarders to seemingly everyone and anyone, as long as they are likely to vote Democratic. Putting his "legacy" and the Democratic party ahead of doing what's right and best for America. Giving away money to everyone and anyone regardless of their ability to work and produce. Pitting everyone against everyone else. Running up the deficit and not giving it a moment's notice. Expanding government and regulations to the point of killing business and opportunity to succeed. The list is virtually endless. It has come to a point where I truly believe the man has a grudge against America itself, and is intent on punishing us or even destroying the country. He sure acts like he wants to give it away to illegals and to flood the country with non-whites so as to dilute the white vote so much as to make it insignificant henceforth.

4 Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of [Abraham Lincoln].

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.

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.

Like those who voted for this, Johnson was a terrible president and the worst in U.S history. Before voting, look up Andrew Johnson and take the time to read about him and that will tell you what you need to know about him. People are so caught up on Obama because he is the one in office, folks do not care about the past which is why Andrew Johnson has been overlooked when one is asked about terrible presidents. Don't get me wrong, I do believe Obama belongs in a list when discussing terrible presidents but he is nothing compared to what Andrew Johnson was.

Cared only about himself and was racist. That's it. He was so bad he got impeached a day before he left office and nearly already got kicked out of office, but barely managed to stay in by just a single vote.

5 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, Donald Trump took charge of his family's real estate and construction firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which was later rebranded as The Trump Organization. During his career as a businessman, Donald Trump has built, renovated, and managed numerous office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1996 to 2015, and has lent the use of his ...read more.

He has no skill. He is immature, very immature. He has no plans, only anger and insecurity. It's not about conservative (he isn't) versus liberal ideas and philosophy. It's about having a grownup run the country. We need to deal with the truth and facts, not myth and uninformed opinions if we hope to improve our ability to deal with the changes that are coming. And, they are coming. He could make a difference if he would grow up, stay focused on what matters, and deal with reality instead of denying everything that he doesn't like or understand. Based on what he has done and what he has not done he appears to be insane. That is not someone that we need in the Whitehouse. And, I don't believe he will serve his entire four years. He doesn't have the attention span. All the talk about snowflakes and comfort dogs makes me laugh when I consider that Trump needed a vacation after the inauguration. Talk about a wimp.

Trump tries to take credit for anything good. However, when something bad happens he blames everyone else like some kind of immature manchild. The fact that my neighbor died of covid because she said "it's a hoax because Trump said so" just shows the mentality of his base. Of course, Trump doesn't care.

Oh help. This shouldn't be so far down the list considering that he's done enough damage when he was inaugurated just today. Listen, guys, I know he's gonna "build a wall" and "make America great again" and he's for the military. I just can't get past so many horrible things he's said and done. I just can't. Personally, I don't think Barack Obama should be number one on this list. If you don't like him, fine. Comparing how Trump is just "amazing" while Obama "did nothing". Hillary is no saint, but wow, Trump is worse... What? What did Fox News tell you now?

He is on a low rank so far on this list but with the times he will be seen as the worst president of American history. A greedy clown without any political knowledge or skills who's running a country like a corrupted business. We are giving critics to the dictactors of the thirties ( Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin ) and North - Korea but his ideas and words are in fact similar ; " America first ", " Make America great again "... Pure nationalism in its most radical form. Shutting America off to the rest of the world ( Travel bans, Building walls, Kicking out immigrants, Making international political relationships almost impossible, Not cooperating with the NATO etc... ). America was build on crimes, racism and corruption ( the extinction of the native population, slavery in its most vicious way which gave the wealth and economic power to the US, Wilson who wiped out in the 20's working-class rights etc... ). American history is all about racism, segregation, corruption ( labor movements, ...more

6 Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

Nixon mostly considered bad for watergate, but when you consider that most of south America got turned into dictatorships and oversaw the bombings of Cambodia and Laos that led to the Khmer Rouge a few years later, nearly sending Cambodia back to the stone age and killing millions of innocent people, you'll realize how much this guy SUCKS.

What happened in 1971?

His advisor alongside him has killed about 6 millions and destabilized a lot of countries, and his advisor won a Nobel Peace Prize. What a joke.

Anyone who hasn't been corrupted by CNN or ABC could find that this guy isn't the most evil President. Sure, I agree that Watergate was a serious thing and Nixon shouldn't have covered it up. But he did some great things. He caused good relations with China and installed the Clean Air Act. Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama are worse Presidents than him. At least he didn't install the bane of Healthcare. I hope you stop focusing on the bad stuff that Nixon did and look at the great things he did. And why is Warren Harding and ANDREW JACKSON better than him.

Everyone thinks the US government sucks thanks to him. He wanted to extend the Vietnam War, resulting in lots of deaths, war crimes and killings in Vietnam throughout the late 60s and early 70s. He was also absolutely racist and sexist, as well. He was even an Anti-Semite, as he disrespected Jewish Americans, as well! Even though I am not a political person, I still think that Nixon is the worst president the USA ever had, but he did show a lighter side as he helped Apollo 13 get into space.

7 Andrew Jackson Andrew 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 modest means.

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.

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.

Just so everyone knows-- Jackson didn't hate Indians, as a matter of fact he adopted an orphaned Indian child named Lyncoya. His reasoning for the signing of the Indian Removal Act was because they were endangering the lives of citizens. It could have been handled better, but he was under party pressure in signing it. And yes, I read the quote- he didn't hate them, he thought that they were inferior, which was the belief of the time. Washington and Jefferson held slaves and are widely considered two of the best presidents. Give Jackson a break. He took down the bank because it was a threat to individual liberty.

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.

8 Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover was an American engineer, businessman and politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression.

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 uncontrollable. Hoover saw the nations economic boom in the '20s, 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 during the great depression to prevent and recover. Hoover was just in office at the wrong time. If people actually studied him, they would realize that Hoover was a good president. Naturally, the man in office during the Great Depression would be the blame. Not fair... So don't point fingers too quickly until you study the subject of the matter.

Herbert Hoover's economic decisions eventually helped contribute to the Black Tuesday stock market crash in October of 1929, which triggered a worldwide economic depression, from which the civilized world would not fully recover from until at least the mid-1950s, during which time the U.S. would have three other Presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Hoover's successor), Harry S. Truman (who took over when FDR died of a cerebral haemorrhage in April of 1945), and Dwight Eisenhower, as well as JFK and LBJ to a certain extent. What many people don't know is that it took these presidents to guide the U.S. back to pre-Great Depression levels economics-wise.

Herbert Hoover did not cause the Great Depression. One person couldn't have caused that alone. But he didn't do anything to help. He people living in boxes called the boxes "Hoovervilles". He built the Hoover Dam but under terrible working conditions. They made up a lie about disease sweeping through the construction site and that is how those men died. It wasn't how they died, they were killed by falling steel, bricks, etc. All so they wouldn't have to pay compensation money to the men's families.

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

9 Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) 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.

Jimmy Carter was definitely one of the worst presidents ever! But I don't think he's the worst. Let me tell you ONE president who's WORSE than him. RONALD REAGAN! He was much more horrible than Carter because he added 2 trillion to our national debt. Carter only 1 trillion. Also, Ronald Reagan supplied our enemies with weapons to destroy us! People say Jimmy Carter raised gas taxes, but Ronald Reagan raised taxes on the middle class, and the poor, but cut taxes on the rich! Finally, Carter had huge deficits, but Reagan's deficits were worse! And Ronald Reagan WANTED them! President Carter once had a 38 billion dollar deficit! President REAGAN had a 45 billion dollar deficit!

So I don't think Carter deserves all this criticism when someone else like Ronald Reagan is WORSE than him.

I have to give this guy credit. Though he wasn't much as a president, mostly due to his weak do-nothing policies with Iran, which earn him #9 on the worst presidents list, This guy has accomplished and done way more good as a private citizen, earning him a very high rank in ways Presidents have handled their life after leaving office. He proves a person can do even more outside office than in it.
Since he retired from the Oval office he's helped build countless thousands of homes for needy people. He's a fine example of what good a president can do beyond his presidency. Don't expect Obama to pick up any tool more than a mirror so he can look at and admire himself. Carter donated his post-presidency to the Habitat for Humanity, Obama donates his to the Barack Obama fan club, and Biden probably will probably leave the job a corpse.
Carter may not have been much of a President, but he's a great person who's lived a very accomplished life. That's what I hope history remembers most ...more

This is the most decent human being on the face of this earth. Has helped thousands with Habitat for Humanity, and is currently beating cancer at the age of 90. This is what Democrats like he and Clinton do after they leave office, is to help their fellow man, and I'm sure Obama will do the same. There is this misconception that Democrats don't like rich people. In fact, Democrats like rich people who use their money to help other people.

Before 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 effect 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.

10 Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.

-His name is Gamaliel
-"I am not fit for this office and should never have been here"
-Teapot Dome Scandal
-Illegal gambling with future president Calvin Coolidge and others
-Barely got any work done, and when he did, he just signed bad laws.
-Part of the KKK
-Kept cheating on his wife

And also he coincidentally died of a heart attack or stroke just like nearly every other white supremacist president.

All in all, he was a terrible president.

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.

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.

The Contenders
11 Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator Bob Dole. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy. ...read more.

Yeah, he was not a very good leader or human being. He was your typical lying snake Politician. Clinton with the help of Biden passed the 1994 crime bill, which was a disastrous bill that really negatively effected the Black community at the time. He could of prevented the events on September 11th, as he had MULTIPLE chances to kill Osama Bin Laden, but for some reason refused to do so. While we weren't involved in any big wars under Clinton, he did get us into some small petty wars, and he bombed things he definitely shouldn't of bombed. There is also the disgusting fact that he cheated on his wife, while also holding office. Don't get me wrong I despise Hillary just like most people do, but that doesn't make me ok with what Bill did behind her back with Monica. Bill and Hillary are both awful, which is why they make the perfect couple. They are a match made in Hell.

What makes Bill Clinton atrocious is not his sex scandal (though admittedly the situation was likely abusive), are you telling me there was not an abusive power relationship when the most powerful man in the world asks for a blowjob) but his war crimes. He illegally bombed (for more than 60 days, which counts as an act of war) a sovereign nation (Yugoslavia). It had not attacked another NATO member, ignoring the idea of national self-determination, NATO proceeded to level the country for utterly political disagreements. Bill Clinton set the standard that the president, without asking Congress, can destroy sovereign nations for utterly political reasons. The Founding Fathers rightly identified this as the making of a king.

Bill Clinton took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and then as a sitting President lied, under oath, and subverted the rights of a U. S. citizen under that Constitution. As the POTUS, his behavior as a womanizing cheat is not just between himself and Hillary, it's a matter of moral turpitude and is of public concern. If he lied about his sexual escapades that liberals think is of little consequence, what would he (or did he) lie about when the stakes were much higher. He degraded the Presidency in great measure as Nixon did by lying the American people - just to cover his behind. Hilary is no different. And, by the way, he did not create a budget surplus. The country has carried debt since WWII and no President, including Slick Willie, has done anything to correct that situation. The budget is in the hands of Congress anyway, for better or worse.

The best president of my lifetime. Brilliant, compassionate, relatable and kind. Loved him and still love him. Harkens back to a time when leaders knew how to lead and people were proud of their leaders.

12 Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.

The country needed an active president. They also needed a president that would bring the country closer to each other. But often when the country gets divided, it's because of the President. All of that sums up to Pierce. He was so pathetic that he knew he had liver cirrhosis yet still heavily drunk alcohol.

He was also cancerous during the civil war. While Buchanan supported the North, Franklin Pierce only criticized Abraham Lincoln despite being from New Hampshire.

His poor decisions led to Bleeding Kansas and opened a hole that Buchanan widened. Definitely worse than Bush. He was also rejected by his party for a second term in favor of Buchanan, who was worse.

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.

13 Lyndon Johnson Lyndon 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. Kennedy. He helped many Americans with the Civil Rights Act, although many Americans didn't like him because they blamed him for Vietnam.

This man deserves to be number one. He started Vietnam and killed in cold blood and as another person wrote, his strings were pulled by the CIA. He murdered JFK. He even murdered his own sister. He was led by greed and money. Any goodness that came about was not by him. The civil acts bills were released because of the CIA and their top operatives being African American. They passed it. He was friends with some of the biggest criminals in America at that time. Malcolm Wallace was his hitman and murdered dozens of people at the word of Johnson. He should be first second third fourth and fifth worst presidents of all time.

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. 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.

Man, these are some really bad Presidents on this list! I think LBJ was the turning point. The only good thing he did was Civil Rights, & he was the WORST racist President,he did it for the votes then a higher % of young blacks were killed in the War than there were in the population, so THAT'S canceled...leaves, changing all of the good JFK did (pulling the small amount of troops that were in Nam, OUT, reinstated the Federal Reserve, etc etc just totally destructive at domestically & abroad...basically, he was a violent criminal & would have been in jail if JFK hadn't been assassinated when he was...

I don't know exactly who was pulling Johnson's strings but somebody was pushing him to get involved in that crazy Asian war in a big way. Might have been why JFK was assassinated since he would never have done it. Only AFTER the massive commitment to Vietnam did he realize what a debacle it was when it was too late. Because of this ignorant nabob, my family left a cousin dead there and an Uncle who lives but still has PTSD to this day. Them and the 60,000 other dead souls in this stupid war would probably put this guy at #1 the very worst!.

14 Woodrow Wilson Thomas 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.

Wilson is terrible. He fostered the KKK at it's worst, segregated the military and government, passed the sedition and espionage acts of which he abused against his opponents, basically founded the form of intervention that all other countries complain about America for, founded the Federal Reserve, there's nothing to like about him, no matter what good he did. Everything Trump or Biden did people don't like he did 100x worse.

Um... Arrested woman picketing peacefully because of traffic violation while they were legit on the sidewalk drove right through them in his car FORCE feeds them and ignores them. He basicly tortured them. He should worst after Lincoln's predessor

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

15 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States.

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.

Never used his cabinet, nor listened to advice of family members. Allowed criminal activity over the land. He may have saved America in the American Civil War, but he was a terrible president that never got to experience a second term.

No president in the 19th century, short of Abraham Lincoln, fought harder for racial equality.

He allowed the killing of the buffalos, should be first in this list.

16 Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was an American politician who served as the 13th President of the United States from 1850 to 1853. He was the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Millard Fillmore was an excellent president. He passed the fugitive slave act and raised employment rates for bounty hunters. He also didn't drink or smoke setting an example for the American public. We haven't had a good president since Fillmore.

A hypocrite. It is up to the state if they want slavery or not slavery but slave-free states shall help to catch escaped slaves and return them home to their nice masters in the slave states.

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

Well, unfortunately, I had to report on him. However, he did not believe in slavery but again he did support slavery in some way.

17 Joe Biden Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009. ...read more.

Anyone who wakes up and realizes how bad this man really. Enforcing experimental vaccines, breaking promises, walking away from the Afghan news conferences, blames everybody but himself, made COVID worse, letting criminals and illegals get by, cares more about votes and power, he can't stay awake, barely walks, inflation rising, calling parents rightfully against Critical Race Theory domestic terrorists, treason, ignores polls, staged press conferences, lies, turning backs, and much more. This man doesn't are about the people. They care about power.

I bet his defenders are only defending him because he has the (D) next to his name and he's "Not Trump". Wake up, America!

Not even a year in and I'm tired of Biden. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that the orange clown was gone, but that's not to say I in any way like Biden. While I'm glad he's done a good amount to push the country back into a somewhat normal position following the COVID outbreak, that's about as far as it goes for me. Mishandling of border migration, adding more funds to the already overfunded police force, and need I mention the poor approach to foreign affairs, especially exemplified with the handling of the Middle East crises, it's just all piling up and looking pretty bad for Biden.
Just once, couldn't we have made Bernie Sanders the Democratic candidate?

We went from the best president in history to the worst president in history. This man has been in government for 48 years and has done absolutely nothing for this country. The racist democrats who supported slavery back in the past were bad, but you have to remember that is what they were taught, and it was common to support slavery back then. I bet many of them would be less racist if they grew up now. That said, a president who hates blacks and homosexuals, and wants to bring back segregation in schools in the year 2020 is absolutely unbelievable. You have to be mentally insane to want that in 2020. This man supports the KKK, fought to keep schools segregated, called black people n-words, and called people of color jungle animals. And people think Trump is homophobic and racist?! This man is also a hypocrite. He called Trump a xenophobic racist for banning travel from certain foreign countries due to COVID-19, then said Trump should have done that when he did. Now that he is in ...more

He's lucky to win such a paper champion in the 2020 election, which led to all the inflation on gas and other goods. Somebody should just knock him down with a hypnotizing generating device and kneel on his neck for 9 minutes to finish him off.

18 George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

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 the cash, while the rich had tax cuts. So I guess that was good.

This is the worst most criminal of them all and his family were the termites in our government going all the way back to the late 1800s! The Bush family gave our future over to the greedy bank's and set the precedence for all of the crooked government leaders we have to deal with today.

Where to begin? Before him, Bill Clinton had talked about building a bridge to the 21st century. And he built half a bridge and drove the country right off the end.

I'm trying to get his name into the top 10 so he would be the only US president to have TWO entries to his name in this list!

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 was it not for the father (the source). PURE frigging evil.

19 John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was also, briefly, the tenth Vice President, elected to that office on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison.

He never did anything. how would he be in the whig party? Voters after 1833 have no common sense 1840-1844 as president... is there anything he is known for? Should be higher up probably the worst president of the reconstruction time along with Andrew Johnson.

Instigated the Mexican-American War, supported slavery and slave-holding interests, betrayed the country for the Confederacy. Achieved nothing positive.

John Tyler betrayed the United States and joined the Confederacy.

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

20 Gerald Ford Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977.

Come on! You guys need to be happy he's better than Nixon, Carter, and H.W. Bush. Bush did end the cold war, but he was forgettable and raised the taxes when he promised America not to.

Almost everyone who has played golf with him remembers Pres. Ford saying "I'm going to burn in Hell forever for two things. The Warren Commission and pardoning Nixon. I did both in the name of Unity but I sold my soul doing it."

Ford was the person who took the last of the soldiers out of Vietnam. He needs to be lower!

Was pushed into office by Nixon's stupid mistakes, what was the poor man to do,didn't run another term,knew he couldn't handle it. Think about it, first Agnew went down then Nixon.

21 Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of major general.

It is hard to say he did anything good while president, especially considering he died from eating cherries and buttermilk. Although like Grant he is considered okay because of what they did during wars. Taylor is the hero from the Mexican-American war and Grant won the civil war, but they weren't presidents when that happened.

If he had lived longer perhaps history would have judged him better. As the last US President to be a slave owner, he was just on the wrong side of history.

It's not fair because he only served for 16 months (1 year and 4 months).

Guilty of genocide.

22 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004

People on here who say he was a great president are very ignorant. Ronald Reagan created and WANTED huge deficits. He wanted a rationale to dismantle the public sector, or any part of the government that helped the average person. He was a toady to the top 1%, and put the nation on the path of globalization and "trickle down." He wanted to give away what was best about our society to the very rich.

He contemptuously defied the Constitution by illegally selling arms to Iran. He funded the Contras of Nicaragua, violating the Boland Amendment of Congress. He called the Contras "Freedom Fighters," when in fact, they destroyed schools and health clinics.

Reagan gutted health and safety laws. He put James A. Watt in charge of the environment. Reagan said that catsup in a school lunch constituted a vegetable. Reagan was a sadist through and through. The people here who think he is great are not educated.

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.

Tripled the deficit and began the decimation of the middle class. Refused to focus any attention or allocate funds for the scourge that was Aids that was fatal during his administration. Thought ketchup was a vegetable to provide for poor children's nutrition because he was so concerned about others. Thought trees caused pollution and was involved in Iran/Contra for which he let Oliver North take the fall. Hi wife offered an inane, ineffective bumper sticker slogan.. Just say no..as a means to address the complex and debilitating systemic problem of drug abuse. He was worthless. Simply, worthless.

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 defence 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 centres, creating a huge homeless population.

23 William Harrison William Henry Harrison was an American statesman who served as the 9th President of the United States from March 4, 1841 until his death on April 4, 1841. The cause of death of William Henry Harrison was pneumonia, after a cold and wet inauguration.

You really can't say much about the guy. He died only a month after he was inaugurated, which is to say he was unable to do anything remarkable nor detrimental throughout his entire presidential run. Whether he could have been a president who would have been seen as a US paragon like George Washington or a presidential disgrace like George W. Bush is really up to your thoughts and imaginations.

He said this "I can survive in rain without a coat." I swear he got sick and didn't wear a coat at all! I was showing and bragging off. Is he God of Jesus? No! He is so stupid.

He's not the best, he's not the worst. He did nothing because he was stupid enough to do an inauguration in the cold and twin without a jacket.

A lot of people say Obama did nothing. Which ain't true, he did some things. But Will literally did nothing in the one month he was president!

24 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.

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 did 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 believing in propaganda that bashes out Obama like Fox News and all that baloney! Seriously, what is this world coming to!?!?!?

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.

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!

During the Panic of 1837, the people called him "van Ruin".

25 Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd 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 the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war.

FDR's policies undoubtedly prolonged the Depression, and his endless make-work projects did very little to actually provide a viable long-term solution to the nation's financial problems. His decision to raise interest rates in 1937 plunged the country deeper into recession still and ensured that the US would not further recover until WWII. However, FDR's most egregious sin was introducing Keynesian deficit spending, which essentially guaranteed the US would accumulate massive national debt. The problems caused by this reckless spending strategy persist today, with the US currently shouldering an 18 trillion dollar debt.

Who better to be the worst president? He was the one who started us on the path towards Marxism. He introduced deficit spending, that is: spending money that one does not have, as a good idea to the federal government. His Agricultural Adjustment Act wasted vast amounts of crops and livestock as his citizens starved and he kicked back on his yacht. He stole gold from his citizens with his Gold Reserve Act. He created Social Security, the most successful ponzi scheme in US history, and other major welfare organizations while criticizing dependence on welfare. He encouraged corporations to form cartels and stifle competition with his National Recovery Act in contradiction of the popular misconception of him being a Man of the People.

The only thing stopping scholars from ranking him within the top 10 worst presidents is his enduring cult of personality. But, his schemes to deliberately prolong the Depression and the precedents he had set for such flagrant abuses of executive ...more

Evil dictator, with no respect for his constitutional bounds, imprisoned American citizens for their heritage in an internment camp, confiscated privately-owned gold, declared war on the Supreme Court when they tried to check his power, and introduced disastrous Keynesian economic policies, that actually prevented any meaningful economic recovery.

I don't even know how he can be considered anything besides the worst; he was worse than the "do nothing" presidents that mostly occupy this list (James Buchanan notwithstanding).

Trust me on this one, I got my degree in American history. FDR is without a doubt one of if not the worst president we've ever had. Franklin D. Roosevelt is responsible for one of the worst times in American history. Of course, if you know anything about history then you probably know what I'm talking about. In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, forced over 100,000 Japanese-Americans to concentration camps. This was just plain racism, as most of the Japanese-Americans he forced into these concentration camps were all for America. "Well Ryan, clearly you didn't pay attention in class because FDR helped us through WWII." Yes, I am aware of this. However, he's also the reason Japan bombed us in the first place. I recommend you read an article on it because I don't think I could explain it well enough to convince you. It's just sad that so many consider him the greatest president of all time, considering that Lincoln is so much better than him.

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