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.

Not even Donald Trump is as bad as him. At least Trump didn't put our country in pointless and deadly wars. In fact, I can name some positive things that Trump did! George W. Bush, on the other hand, is an complete arrogant idiot. 9/11 happened under his control, and he knew what country caused it, but instead, he made a complete pointless war with Iraq because there were "deadly weapons" there when in reality he knew there were no weapons there. Oh, and let's not forget his stupid speeches, where he always made up BS and couldn't even express famous quotes right. I am suprised that he got away with all the havoc he caused in his presidency. No other president could beat him in being bad, not even James Buchanan. Thank goodness Obama ridded this idiot's polices because at the end of his presidency, this country was pretty much a toilet. The virus and riot was not under Trump's doing guys. Yes, Trump is an idiot, as he thinks everything is political, but this sorry excuse of a ...more

Okay, everyone has different opinions about presidents. So it's very difficult to sort all of them either best or worst. But the second Bush was a true horrible president. He made War on Terror rise up when he wanted to make a war with Irag because of "dangerous" weapons after the 9/11 attacks. He would have done so much better if 9/11 didn't exist.

You blame Obama and yet this dude set up his struggle. Completely useless about 9/11, as it could practically just repeat now with another building. It's possible he even caused it! He also caused ISIS's rise. Worst of the worst.

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

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

A true bad president. He let slavery spread and began the Civil War. It was the last president before the great Abraham Lincoln.

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.

He was a "pro slavery" president. I don't think you can get much worst than being in favor of owning human beings as if they were animals! Also the Civil War started when he was in office! After Lincoln was elected in 1860 he still had to wait for Buchanan's term to run out on January 20, 1861 to be sworn in. During that time Southern states started seceding from the Union and what did Buchanan do? Nothing! He was president during our nations worst test ever and he did absolutely nothing! Obama and Carter were terrible Presidents but Buchanan was worse than both of them combined!

3 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].

He led the massive failure of Reconstruction and would have been removed from office and convicted if that one Senator voted in favor of his impeachment. He tried to run for re-election as a Democrat, but his own party dissed him and he became on of the only presidents to get rejected by their party for a second term.

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.

I could be swayed as to whether he or Wilson was worse, but Andrew Johnson fought tooth-and-nail against everything the Radical Republicans attempted to secure rights for African-Americans. Reconstruction may well have been more successful were it not for Johnson. By contrast, the only good thing he did was buy Alaska, which is incredibly minor.

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.

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

Obama and biden made the middle class and lower class suffer and took away millions of jobs from Americans in favor of big corporations and cheap labor in China and Vietnam. Also started Syrian and Yemeni wars and lied to the american people just like our current president does. Also promoted mass immigration in usa Europe and helped make nations in Asia and Africa suffer like Bush by bombing nearby nations

He should be number 2 on this list. He got voted in for one reason only, race! He acted more like a celebrity than a "president". Have you ever seen a President other than him make special appearances with their wife at basketball games and reality TV shows. He single handedly destroyed our economy. Thanks to President Dondald Trump he was able to turn our country around and accomplish things no one esle could. The Obama care was a joke, the homebuyers credits he gave out were not "free". It was the middle class tax payers who shoveled out the money for as everying thing else his pea sized brain came up with.

All you people who voted this man as the worst president are utter fools. I'm writing this on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. On Tuesday of this week ten sailors veered into Iranian waters and were detained by Iran. Your shrill Obama critics immediately went crazy. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, apparently no longer grateful for the help Obama gave him during hurricane Sandy, was among the harshest critics. Several Republican presidential candidates, seizing a golden opportunity to play to their fearful, xenophobic base, called on Obama to cancel his State of the Union message that night to deal with this crisis. They also renewed their lambasting of the Iran nuclear deal that we reached along with Germany, England, France, Russia, and China. Like most Republicans who criticize Obama they ended up with egg on their faces when the sailors were released the next morning unharmed. What magic negotiating tactic did Secretary of State Kerry use to bring this about? He asked them. It's really ...more

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.

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, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, ...read more.

Donald trump is, let's face it, a complete and utter idiot. The amount of lies he's told to stay in power, not accepting the election results...what did Obama do? At least he admitted when he was wrong. Trump went against his own VICE PRESIDENT, said horrible things about woman, Muslims and BLM protestors, incited violence, refused to release his tax returns again and again, said he wasn't going to show up to Biden's inauguration, withdrew from the Paris Agreement, and made "scientific" proposals such as injecting disinfectant and sunlight into the body...the list goes on and on. A jerk like him should 100% be at the top.

Belongs in the top 10, but not #1. It's bush who's gonna stay there forever. At least Trump did good things in his presidency before the COVID and riot stuff. Bush on the other hand, I really don't even know what goodness he provided because all Bush Provided was corruption and war to America. Did Donald Trump do these things? No! The jobs and economy were thriving at least in his presidency.

And why is Obama on this list? He's the one that got us out of the mess George W Bush left!

I myself identify as a conservative, but this bastard made me leave the Republican Party. Truly a shame to see the GOP go from the party that oversaw the freeing of the slaves (Abraham Lincoln), the preservation of our national parks (Teddy Roosevelt), the construction of the interstates (Dwight Eisenhower) and the collapse of the Soviet Union (Ronald Reagan) to the party that incites a deadly riot at one of the structural icons of freedom. Ugh, makes my blood boil just thinking about it, and I sincerely apologize for ever supporting this madman and grifter.

People will look back at his presidency with rose tinted glasses because at least you were making money, owned things, and were somewhat content under his presidency even if most millennials are wage slaves. Trust me, you have no idea how bad things are going to get under Biden and future even worse presidents. It is even worse if you are a white male or are any form of a person who did not work his way to immigrate to the country.

We are reaching a post scarcity society where workers are no longer needed, capitalism cannot work because the system is incompatible with an era of automation where even those who are writing the programs to automate the tasks will get automated. It is either have the capital (even if you only can make 25 dollars of spare change) for Bitcoin, Gold, Silver or die in the great depression.

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 ...read more.

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.

The Watergate scandal absolutely destroyed American trust in politics. Even past that, he prolonged the Vietnam War for his own political gain and set us on the road to normalized trade with China. He also helped start the drug war. All of these continue hurting Americans to this day.

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.

America's Greatest President and barracks thief! How great was he? 1. Got us out of Vietnam 2. Clean Air Act 3. Rapprochement with China 4. He offered America A Single Payers health care plan that puts ObamaCare to shame 6. Ordered Atty Gen Mitchell to investigate LBJ over killing JFK (Why? LBJ had Nixon hire Ruby for political dirty work).

Conversely, Nixon wasn't just a crook, he was a barracks thief (petty thief). It just came out: Howard Hughes gave Mayhue $100k to BeBe Rabasso who then skimmed $40k and gave it the rest to Nixon. (Legal if through a PAC). Nixon bought a putting green and a Pool Table with the bribe. Nixon broke into the Watergate Hotel because the guy who collected the money for Nixon switched employment and went to work for the DNC! Nixon needlessly freaked out as the consultant said 'All I do is pay bribes---DemoRepublicans it's all Good!

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 ...read more.

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.

Contrary to popular belief it wasn't government inaction that made the depression worse, it was Herbert Hoover's progressive economic policies that screwed everything up.

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.

Sadly in the wrong place at the wrong time in many regards. That said, he was incredibly negligent in the early days of the Great Depression and brought the country to the brink of revolt with how he handled the bonus army and such. He learned from some of his mistakes later on, but still earned his spot.

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.

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

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.

He literally did nothing. He didn't set any economic policies, did not set any foreign policies, etc. which ultimately led to the Great Depression. It's shocking that Obama is ranked higher than Harding, when Harding did so much worse than him: that is, by doing nothing.

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

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

Jimmy Carter is a class-act. Though his presidency didn't bring too much significant change to the country, his continued work for environmentalist causes and assistance for the lower class shows the kind of president he could've been.

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.

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.

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 ...read more.

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 States under him bombed for the very first time a sovereign country without the permission of the UN dropping forbidden cluster bombs and bombs with uranium. You do know what followed., cancer among kids and still the rate of cancer is not dropping. Besides that, because of his peace in my country is " legally " stolen and my country have the biggest number of our own refugees per citizen living. For me, they are all more of less really bad, but this Bill Clinton is by far the worst.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 ...read more.

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.

If he would've gotten into the war sooner the war would've ended faster, causing less deaths and very likely making the provisional government in Russia look really good therefore killing the communist rebellion, which also would've led to no Vietnam War, Korean War, that also could've led to Hitler not coming to power. He also increased segregation, pushed forward the idea of American interventionist.
So yeah, not that great...

I think he meant well, but Wilson really could not have screwed up worse. He got the US involved in WWI too late, thus neither bringing the conflict to an early end nor avoiding American involvement. His botched attempts to negotiate peace helped cause the Great Depression and WWII. He trampled on civil liberties, creating limits on free speech and whistleblowers. He did nothing about the 1918 flu, which was also partially due to American entry in WWI. And then, to top it all off, his vitriolic racism helped popularize both the "Lost Cause" narrative of the Civil War and brought back the KKK.

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 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.

17 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.

18 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.

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

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.

Let's all just make fun of this guy for having been dropped by his party. Haha. Boo. You suck!

John Tyler betrayed the United States and joined the Confederacy.

19 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

He started the class war with minorities. Ah, yes. Let's blame the blacks and browns for the deficit. Time to cut programs which aid the poor and add to the deficit with tax cuts for the rich.

Obnoxiously large taxes make this dude among the low-tier. Also he did not cause the USSR to fall, though they were unstable. All he did is ignore AIDS.

Feed into distrust of government, intensified the drug war, attacked the social safety net, ignored the AIDS crisis, deregulated the economy, fathered a blind and hypocritical form of patriotism, supported the Taliban, and is falsely credited with the fall of the Soviet Union. Really almost all of the problems with modern America are the fault of Reagan or Nixon.

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.

20 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!

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).

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

22 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".

23 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."

Ok I'll speak my mind on who I think are the ten worst presidents this nation ever had:
1. ) George W. Bush
2. ) Herbert Hoover (who was the direct cause of the Great Depression, anyone recall!? )
3. ) Ronald Reagan
4. ) Andrew Johnson
5. )

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

24 Joe Biden Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 46th President of the United States. He was the 47th Vice President of the United States, jointly elected twice with President Barack Obama, and in office from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, ...read more.

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?

Afghanistan- too soft on Taliban, forcing vaccines- too hard on citizens, blaming Americans for the death rate of covid, bad attitude towards people who disagree with him, senile, He supported the Iraq War, Let illegal's unvaccinated people poor into states. Approval rate dropping, look at YouTube thumbs down + comments about him, at least half the country's doesn't want him.

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

I was naive to thinking Donald Trump as the worst president ! Biden is worse more, just look the Afghanistan events.
And it is just me, but what the heck is looking for a near 80 year old man in the president chair (same note goes for Trump too) ?!
Seriously an old man in the age like Biden acts as the president of the USA ?!

25 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

Our country has hidden countless things from the public for centuries. This has been done to hide many of our countries actions that were considered unfavorable or undesirable in nature. During and after WW11 there were things considered unethical and crimes against humanity, but naturally the majority were focused on the SS and we didn't want anyone including our public to see or realize what many of our leaders or military members did during that period. They then publicized a false propaganda to our nation that appealed to us all.
The reality was much different though and President Truman shouldn't have actually even been in a vice-presidential position. There was a scandal in place that allowed this to occur and when Roosevelt passed, he was then in place. He had many adversarial character flaws throughout his life and didn't handle them well. What many people get told about how the a-bombings saved countless lives was actually a false statement. They were in the process of ...more

This D-bag didn't even have a college degree and failed at everything he attempted in life. He only ended up in politics because the democratic boss Thomas Pendergast needed a puppet and got Truman elected through voter fraud. Truman didn't even bother reading up on politics till he was in the senate. FDR didn't even care to give him the time of day but chose him as VP because he would win some votes and do as he was told. And we let this guy drop the Bombs!
He's actually kind of my Hero, I often tell myself if this schmuck was capable of becoming president then there is nothing a can't do!

He wasn't racist. Germany and Italy had already surrendered, and that left Japan. Emperor Hirohito was INSANE. He would have let his whole country die before he would surrender. Truman had to do it otherwise Japan would have kept killing American, British, French, and other countries troops. The Japanese soldiers would have kept dying as well. So in a way, he saved so many people while also introducing the atomic bomb to the world, maybe making other countries afraid to fight us for a little while.

I really hate him. I think he needs to be higher in my opinion because he was responsible for nuking twice in Japan. Well I know he had no other choice to stop the war so he used it. The nukes stopped the war but in the worst way. You know that Nuclear Weapon is the biggest CRIME. It is a death penalty. Even though Truman had no choice and stopped the war, but the way he did was seriously terrible. Also, he was racist toward Japanese too. In my opinion, I think he is worse than Trump and needs to at least in Top 5.

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