Top 10 Worst United States PresidentsMarcopwnzatdrums
The Top Ten
Where to begin? 1) No experience and it shows. 2) Considered a weakling by EVERY foreign leader, friend or foe. 3) His "recovery" was worse that the Bush "recession" and why? - more unemployed now than under Bush, and considerably more poverty than in the GREAT DEPRESSION! 4) Rammed through the stupidly named "Affordable Care Act" that simply won't work and will probably be the final nail in the US Economy. 5) Acts like Benghazi never happened despite the fact that the sole remaining err, "Super Power" just got it's foreign mission in Libya destroyed with 4 dead Americans, but hey, who's counting? And to boot, did nothing about it. Oh, did I mention he was hurrying to a Las Vegas Fund Raiser during this fiasco? 6) Hides and protects his equally IQ-Free Attorney General after the Benghazi disaster during Congressional hearings while putting an Executive Gag order on all documents, memoranda and E mail transmissions. 7) Railed against Bush as a ...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.
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
Obama might not have had much strength, but let's face it. He's not the worst. At least he wanted to change the country for the better. James Buchanan caused the Civil War. Andrew Johnson quite literally abolished Lincoln's slavery policies and continued the war after Lincoln ended it. Obama just hasn't done much as a leader. - naFrovivuSV 1179 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
Worst and stupidest president ever.He's also a murderer and stilt profiting off of 911.V 582 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
If you don't like this, JUST don't PUt THUMBS DOWN, ok
Carter, though he wasn't a good president at all, I still respect him as a human being. - DoroExploro13V 79 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
He is actually the worst president ever, Bush and Obama are at the top just because people know who they areV 84 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
I hate Nixon because of watergateV 86 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
I pity those who are voting for Barack Obama/Donald Trump as a result of what the media is trying to do to convince everyone that they are, for lack of a better term, horrible individuals. Read history that transpired before your lifetime.
Top 10 Worst Presidents:
1. Andrew Johnson
2. James Buchanan
3. Warren G Harding
4. Franklin Pierce
5. Millard Fillmore
6. John Tyler
7. George W Bush
8. Herbert Hoover
9. Zachary Taylor
10. Richard Nixon
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
He attacked his own Veterans and did nothing to stop the Great Depression. F him!V 42 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.
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 was 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.
...idiot. Kennedy started it, Kennedy's killer was Oswald, who wasn't affiliated with anyone, and where the hell did you get his sister from? - MKBeast
What? He was a great president! He signed the civil rights act. People call him racist yet he did that? - DoroExploro13V 51 Comments
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.
People only put him on here because of his actions. He was actually not a bad president. And I'm a republican saying this! - DoroExploro13V 144 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.
When people think of Woodrow Wilson they think of think of the reforms of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments, but none of these were began by Wilson. The first two were proposed under President Taft, the third was a result of proposals done by the Pacific Northwest and other progressive states over a decade before. At least six states (Washington, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming) allowed women to vote in the 1912 presidential election, and over half did so in 1916.
On the other hand, Wilson exported the South’s Jim Crow laws into the District of Columbia, which under the previous Republican administrations from McKinley to Taft had been the only integrated place south of the Mason-Dixon Line. He also aired a pro-Ku Klux Klan movie at the White House and also appointed one later “Four Horseman” judge, James Clark McReynolds, who was a rabid racist and anti-Semite to the extent of not being able to work with his brother ...more
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
He sold out America for corporate greed. Failed miserably trying to establish the league of Union. Didn't keep America out of world war,; some say under false pretenses. Established the federal reserve which was to protect Americans from finical ruin. Turned out to be a pyramid scheme. His only success was to appoint general Pershing as the general of the army.V 44 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.
Andrew Jackson was a good president but a horrible racist.V 104 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.
Warren Harding was responsible, in his short time in office, for one of the largest naval arms reductions of the era. His ranking should not be this high because he did not have much time to prove himself. I find this ranking questionable.V 21 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
drunk...V 23 Comments
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.
Look I supported trump but he can't be best worst or anything yet. He's not even a month into his presidency. - maverick88
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 hasn't done anything majorly bad yet, but I'm still skeptical about how he'll do even though I'm desperately hoping for him to do well. He attacked the press again recently, so that kind of makes me worried about how that will correlate with his behavior and policies for the country. It isn't a good sign when the president displays undiplomatic behavior, especially in his first days since inauguration. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
This isn't about the press. This is about his diplomatic attitude and how he'll handle it with certain issues. People say that Hillary Clinton would have started a war with Russia if she were elected (and before you say she would do that, let's not forget that our main focus is Donald Trump), but look at how he's handling China right now. We could very well be on the verge of a cold war or worse with a country that's even more economically and militarily powerful than Russia itself. So Donald Trump's complete brashness is more than just a pet peeve to me. It's more of like a flaming match ready to ignite a bomb on the spot. Plus, if you really think I'm listening to lies from the press, how about telling me where you get YOUR up-to-date information on Trump? - ModernSpongeBobSucks
He's only 94 days into his presidency. I understand people may have a difference in views but let's at least give the man a chance.V 273 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.
Ultimate big government socialist. Failed New Deal policies which let Great Depression extend years beyond what it needed to be. Prototype of a bigger, harder left, Obama failed presidency.
Whom ever put him here a hater and is jealous.V 119 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
BoiV 7 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
His son is more of a joke - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
He's a coke headsV 26 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's dumV 11 Comments
John Tyler wasn't even elected.
To date, the only president to be kicked out of his own party.
I don't even know who this guy is
This guy is only famous for
- being kicked out of his own party
- having too many kids
- having a gigantic nose - DoroExploro13
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. - singhj
Taylor was the last president of his generation (the first age of presidents) and we moved onto perhaps the best political and presidential generation in history, or worse in some ways
It's not fair cause he only serve for 16 months (1 year and 4 months)
@singhj Dude, U. S Grant was the last to own slaves not taylor. Why don't you know David rice atchison? Was presdient for 1 day like the guy said when he was already in this list... Poor list. Putting wrong pepole at the top.
Zachary Taylor was the last to own slaves DURING HIS PRESIDENCY. Ulysses owned slaves BEFORE his presidency. - Boshua
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