Top 10 Worst United States Presidents

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

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

Knew 9/11 was going to happen prior to the events that unfolded that day
Part of Bush crime family
Iraq war Lasted more then what he expected . Hurricane Katrina killed many and more aid was needed , Bush thought he did enough , Kanye West called him out on it .

Under his administration, we went into not one, but two wars, under the false pretense of WMDs. I'm sure he's a favorite of the Exxon Mobile board.

A massive RINO and establishment president. He is very forgettable as well. I mean I bet in 30 years no one will even remember him.

2 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.

I like this guy. You people are haters. I'm sure you guys don't even know who he is. He is a really nice guy and he is so good at being a president. To me he is better then Donald Trump. If I was Barack Obama I would ban all of you from the U.S. for being so idiotic to him.

You sound like a little kid and little kids shouldn't be worried about politics

Committed war crimes with drones and won a peace prize for it. He inflamed modern issues by being one of the most partisan presidents since Woodrow Wilson started the trend.

Absolutely horrible. Nothing but a embarrassment and a placeholder for his cabinet. Obama was incompetent and cried racism even though he went from nothing to POTUS. Very shameful playing on identity racist politics.

Obama signed the NDAA into law- one of the most dangerous laws ever created in the history of the USA! The NDAA effectively shredded our Bill of Rights! He has a kill list and has murdered innocent men, women, and CHILDREN around the world! He circumvents Congress and the Constitution by use /abuse of executive orders! YEP- I'd say puts him in the top ten, but since he now has more power than any POTUS has ever known AND has used it to dismantle our Republic and take our liberty then that to me makes him the #1 WORST POTUS - so far! Oh yeah, let's not forget that now federal government now has control over our health and bodies through "Obamacare. " And GONE is all privacy between patient and doctor-or all privacy for that matter! I can't think of anything scarier than that! More loss of privacy and freedom has happened under Obama than any other POTUS! It has now become very dangerous to live in the USA! Oh yeah, and the continued bailouts and out of control government spending-more ...more

Since when has he murdered anyone. Stop watching biased news like fox news and wake up.

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

Pretty much caused the civil war which killed THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, and forced Lincoln (An actual good president) to do the work. He did NOTHING to stop it. Sure, he isn’t AS bad as say, Donald Trump, who ignored a virus tearing through the nation killing MILLIONS, but still. Also, how the heck is Barack Obama above him? Obama is a brilliant president

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.

First off those people who's 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 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

4 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.

He's nothing but a money-hungry con artist. Half of the things he says on social media, and in public alone are absolutely immature. His brain dead supporters say that what he does matters more, but what he does is just as bad if not worse! Donald Trump:

.Has dismissed the Russian interference with the election

.HAS LITERALLY BEEN IMPEACHED

.Imposed a Muslim travel ban

.So far has irresponsibly handled this pandemic

.He used anti-Semitic tropes to attack his enemies

.Lost a meaningless government shutdown fight


Not to mention, this dude is a racist, sexist, homophobic idiot. This guy should be #1.

It's quite funny how he's only number 4. Bush may have been a bad president, but at least he wasn't actively malicious.

And Obama was a fantastic president. Conservatives are still calling him grade-school level names because he lives in their heads rent free.

Trump, on the other hand, lacks redeeming qualities. Not only is he racist, but his apologists are too dumb to realize it. He referred to white supremacists as "very fine people". Most of his arguments against his opponents amount to ad hominem. It's his incompetent handling of COVID-19 that caused America to have more cases than anywhere else. He hasn't even followed up on a lot of his campaign promises, though I guess that's a good thing. Apparently, golf was more important.

The problem is, Republicans rely on emotions to make their decisions. That is an ineffective way to make decisions, especially if you're someone as thin-skinned as Trump.

Obama was awful, James was the worst, and while Bush was not good at all, he is definitely not the worst.

To condone China (at the time rightfully), of the new hong kong security law, to say that looters should get shot for protesting. He has condemned this from China, as has Mike Pompeo. To accuse a political opponent Twitter rightfully fact checked; it was clearly false accusation. Hong kong had violent protests; you had support for them. However, this is destroying Floyd's legacy. Peaceful protesting rather than rioting would not have meant action for the cop (one of them) who murdered Floyd, did not walk free. This man is dangerous, a vibe about Trump I have never got that much till now. Joe Biden while a pervert, (and some questionable racial issues in the past) is better than this loony.

Bernie really was the best nominee by far wow

He's getting a lot done. CNN just makes it sound like he's terrible because he's a republican and the democrats don't want a republican in office. So they come up with bad things that Trump did just so people will believe them. Honestly, if I were him, I'd also be very very angry at the swamp because they are the ones that are immature! Spending a lot of money to get him impeached and coming out with FAKE NEWS. Trump's isn't a great person. But he is getting things done. It makes me laugh to think people think Bernie and Joe would be a better option. Trump is for the American Dream! We all work hard to earn our money! Bernie will lead us down a path...the American Nightmare...we all get paid the same, everything is free! (but is it free?) HIGH TAXES! Taking money from the rich (They earned their money!) SOCIALISM LEADS TO COMMUNISM. Next time you vote, think about what you're voting for. What the founding fathers fought for? Or for what they were against. So if you think he's one of ...more

Ah yes, the typical fake news argument.
CNN is by no means the most egregious news network. You talk so boldly about news outlets misrepresenting the president and you only bother to give ONE example.
If you want fake news, Fox has got you covered.

5 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.

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.

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.

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.

Career can be summed up as basically: All men are created equal? Sure thing! As long as they are white. Black people don't deserve those rights.

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.

The most corrupt US president in history until Trump poked his head out of his bankrupted casino and fake universities to throw his hat in the ring.

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 theif! How great was he? 1. Got us out of Vietnam 2. Clean Air Act 3. Reproachment 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 dirtyWork).

Conversely, Nixon wasn't just a crook, he was a barracks theif (petty theif). It just came out: Howard Hughs 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 its all Good!

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.

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.

The trail of tears was due to this mass murderer. The fact that his face is still on the $20 bill is an embarrassment and slap in the face of indigenous people.

Did good things but did some pretty horrible things. If he did what he did in this day in age he would be locked up for a long time

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..

8 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.

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.

Mr. "empty suit case", is famous for 20% inflation, giving away the Panama Canal, and losing the 1980 election in grand fashion (carried only 6 states).

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 WORST 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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'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 hemorrhage 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

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 is not just between himself and Hillary, it's a matter of moral terpritude 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 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.

Serial rapist, pardoned dozens of murders, implicated personally in the deaths of many others, would never have been president if it weren't for Ross Perot taking 19% of the popular vote in the 1992 election.

The States under him bombed for the very first time an 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 him peace of mine country is " legally " stolen and my country have the biggest number of our own refugees per citizen living. For me they are all more3 of less really bad, but this Bill Clinton is by far the worst.

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 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!

We are talking about worst presidents as in what they did when they were president not worst generals

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.

It's not so much that as he was easy to push around. He was extremely troubled during his time in office, after watching the top of his young son's head separated from, well, the rest of him. He can't be blamed completely, but he certainly suffered from horrendous bad luck.

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.

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.

@Visitor, I accidently liked your comment. Lyndon Johnson was not responsible for JFK's assassination. That was Lee Oswald.

Why this President isn't number one is beyond me. He didn't lead anything. The CIA is the one who pulled his strings. In fact if Kennedy wasn't killed, he would have been the first Vice President in history to go to Jail just like his grandmother said would happen. He was saved by the CIA who he then owed everything to and let them lead the country for those four years that put this country in the dept that we are in today. He was the one who started it all. In fact, we would have been dept free if Kennedy's plan would have stayed in place. By Johnson not being number one, shows me that the American public doesn't know exactly what this man has done in the history of our country which is a shame.

I don't know exactly who was puling 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.

Just the absolute worst by the standards of all modern Americans. Look into him and you will find someone that both Republicans and Democrats can agree is the worst.

Imagine delaying USA involvement in WWI, doing nothing about the 1918 flu, contributing to United States interventionist policies, failing to write a competent end-of-war treaty, and endorsing 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 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.

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 1800's! 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.

He was a bad conservative just like Reagan. He lost in a landslide to a far younger candidate, Bill Clinton. He gave birth to a monster, who BARELY won the 2000 election. I guess he did undo "Reaganomics", so the middle and lower class didn't have to cough up cash, while the rich had tax cuts. So I guess that was good

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

A crook, a person who has manipulated and stole from people since day one. Everything he has ever done has been done in secret and by cheating someone else. A terrible President and an even worse person. Not to be trusted.

16 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, and listened advice to 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.

I disagree, he is one of the best presidents and helped establish great relationships my native ancestors.

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

17 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 presdient... is there anything he is known for? Should be higher up probley the worst presdient of the reconstrounction time along with andrew johnson

John Tyler betrayed the United States and joined the Confederacy.

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

Didn't do anything to help this country. At all.

18 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 hyppocrate. It is up to he state if they want slavery or not slavery but slavefree states shall help catching 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 in the Whig party. He is the most forgotten president ever!

Well unfourtunetly I had to do a report on him. However, he did not belive in slavery but again he did support slavery in some way

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

We have the Reagan administration to thank for both 'Trickle-down' economics, one of the evilest schemes ever conceived in modern politics, and is the reason America is on the brink of class warfare and ruin today. As well as the Taliban, who his administration funded in the 80s to... Surprise! Overthrow a government. The world would have been a much better place if he stuck to cowboy movies.

I think this guy was still a bad president, and the reason why he would be considered one of the worst is that it was the start of America having money into politics and endless wars, pretty much every president since Reagan has spent huge funding on foreign policy and raising the debt, Carter was probably the last president to do this and he lost against Reagan.

The most overrated president of all time. And he was trash. His economic policies are characterized and associated as trickle down economics, a policy which would only work in a fantasy utopia world(Ironically, something Reagan has in common with Marxism) and he would also raise taxes on the middle class and poor, while giving lot's of tax cuts to the rich.
As if that wasn't bad enough, Reagan also funded terrorists and military dictatorships and did nothing about AIDS.

Iran-Contra, raising taxes on the poor and middle class, Savings and Loan scandal, Busting the PATCO--the air traffic controllers' union--the union's complaints were legitimate), catering to the Religious Right, ignoring AIDS, refusing to crack down on Wall St excesses, reducing funding for college students, attempts to dismantle reasonable environmental laws, tripled the national debt, forced all social security disability cases to be formally reviewed because he believed that most of the beneficiaries were cheats (cost a lot more money than was saved. ) spent money on Star Wars missile defense system that was regarded by expert scientists and engineers as unrealistic and risky, promoted 'trickle-down economics'--which put a lot more money in the hands of the wealthiest.5% with little benefit to the rest of us... Closed the mental institutions and woefully, inadequately funded community mental health centers, creating a huge homeless population.

20 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 ok 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 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.

21 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 say this" I can survived 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.

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!

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

22 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.

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!

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 forgeteble and raised the taxs when hen promised Amirica not to.

The Ford company was founded by Henry Ford, not Gerald Ford

23 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 done in his presidency. I also pity the foo who thinks Obama is Satan or other nonsense the media tries to convince us is true. People nowadays are just so ignorant and feeble minded to believe in propaganda that bashes out Obama like Fox News and all that baloney! Seriously, what is this world coming to!?!?!?

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.

The person who bashed on Andrew Jackson needs a history lesson. He didn't even hate Indians, they were attacking US citizens so if course he removed them. Try to actually read up on history before blaming others

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!

24 James Polk James Knox Polk was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives and governor of Tennessee.

He increased the size of the U.S., but just because land wasn't used to it's full potential and because the Mexican government refused to sell it's northern territory doesn't give him the right to provoke war with Mexico and force them at gunpoint to sell it. I'm surprised that because of these actions, he wasn't considered an imperialist president.

One way or another that Mexico's land will become American, because God said to mormons to colonize the land that is today's Utah, and when it was Mexico they try to create their own country, Deseret, but to led an war with Mexico to conquer the land of others, and be the first to colonize the west, that was not ours, but Mexican was awful.

The only president to support the extermination-not just treating unfairly-of actual citizens. See Mormons being hunted and eventually kicked out of their homes in the early to mid 1800s.

Greatest ever president! The Mexican did nothing with the land there were only 20,000 people living there. Now they of course would like it back!

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

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 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.

Bombed Japan, which may have seemed like the right thing to do given the war, but he killed much more innocent people than military establishments. He's a racist, partially for that reason.

The soldiers swear and are willing to die for a cause, protect others, your country and the innocent, then drop nukes on innocent people suffering of a dictatorship and which a country like the United States of America that was the first country the world to be free and try to export this freedom to the oppressed world, it was an inhumane act and a war crime, only to end the war faster, because in one way or another Japan was already greatly weakened and from early we knew that the allies would win, it was just a matter of time.

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.

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