Top 10 Worst United States PresidentsMarcopwnzatdrums
The Top Ten
What has he done? NOTHING! He seems to want to plunge us deeper in debt. It's sad we even consider him for re-election.
He's done nothing because republicans in the senate and House of Representatives oppose everything he tries to do, being selfish and bigoted even though they're supposed to represent our country. - pandagirl
Obama signed the NDAA into law- one of the most dangerous laws ever created in the history of the USA! The NDAA effectively shredded our Bill of Rights! He has a kill list and has murdered innocent men, women, and CHILDREN around the world! He circumvents Congress and the Constitution by use /abuse of executive orders! YEP- I'd say puts him in the top ten, but since he now has more power than any POTUS has ever known AND has used it to dismantle our Republic and take our liberty then that to me makes him the #1 WORST POTUS - so far! Oh yeah, let's not forget that now federal government now has control over our health and bodies through "Obamacare. " And GONE is all privacy between patient and doctor-or all privacy for that matter! I can't think of anything scarier than that! More loss of privacy and freedom has happened under Obama than any other POTUS! It has now become very dangerous to live in the USA! Oh yeah, and the continued bailouts and out of control government spending-more ...more
Since when has he murdered anyone. Stop watching biased news like fox news and wake up. - CatsOMG
Where to begin? 1) No experience and it shows. 2) Considered a weakling by EVERY foreign leader, friend or foe. 3) His "recovery" was worse that the Bush "recession" and why? - more unemployed now than under Bush, and considerably more poverty than in the GREAT DEPRESSION! 4) Rammed through the stupidly named "Affordable Care Act" that simply won't work and will probably be the final nail in the US Economy. 5) Acts like Benghazi never happened despite the fact that the sole remaining err, "Super Power" just got it's foreign mission in Libya destroyed with 4 dead Americans, but hey, who's counting? And to boot, did nothing about it. Oh, did I mention he was hurrying to a Las Vegas Fund Raiser during this fiasco? 6) Hides and protects his equally IQ-Free Attorney General after the Benghazi disaster during Congressional hearings while putting an Executive Gag order on all documents, memoranda and E mail transmissions. 7) Railed against Bush as a ...more
I'm in the military and I respect him for not treating us an expendable figures. You're by far the most ignorant citizen. You know nothing about that in which you choose to speak. How about next time you actually take the time to read the facts. Stop being a mindless media driven drone
Not suprised - BlazeHeartV 1214 Comments
Bush II is the worse president in my lifetime by far (I am 63). One of his first acts was to transform a budget surplus created under Clinton to a huge and ever growing budget deficit by cutting taxes on the rich and invading two countries. Has any US president increased spending like Bush II and cut taxes at the same time? Don't ever be fooled by the neo-cons name... They are anything but conservatives... They are merely shills for the wealthy and powerful. Bush II also engaged in social engineering. Basically except for the medicare reforms for prescription drugs I think Bush II was basically wrong about every major issue. For example, look at Bush II's invasion of Iraq. First he lied to the American people to obtain support for the invasion. Instead of assembling a multinational coalition of nations like his father did in the first gulf war Bush II invaded with only some weak support from nations he was able to strong arm. The invasion itself was executed poorly... How could they ...more
Dear George W. Bush, the people who are hating on Barack Obama as the scapegoat for America's current problems is all because of YOU. I honestly can't think of one or two good things you did for the country, with ISIS rising being all because of your 2003 invasion of Iraq that you only wanted the oil from and only used WMD's that weren't even there to begin with as an excuse for it. Sure, democracy was also a justification, but your invasion still divided Iraq because you caused internal ethnic conflicts within it. Also, Barack Obama had to go and fix the recession YOU caused and is still dealing with the problems in the Middle East that you started and intensified. Yet, he is still hated by America and is still pushing on despite his criticisms. You're only in 2nd place right now since TheTopTens is mostly conservative. I don't care if anyone calls me an Obamabot, but I am just speaking with logic and reason here. George W. Bush, you will always be 1st place as the worst US president ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks
I absolutely agree with you. Bush destroyed this land and Obama is trying to patch things back together before he leaves office - SteelCity99
George W. Bush was by far the worst president the US has ever seen. Firstly, Al Gore had over 200,000 more votes than him, but his brother, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, rigged the system. His response to the 9/11 attacks were slow. He made the situation worse, by, in 2001 and 2003, invading Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghanistan war, even though terrible, was slightly justified. But they had no doings whatsoever in Iraq. After lying to the American people about nuclear weapons, he invaded, against the UN's wishes. Both wars cost trillions of dollars, and thousands of American and civilian lives. The Americans committed numerous war crimes, and left both countries as absolute wastelands, achieving nothing but a few more gallons of oil. Ironically, when his own country was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Bush's reaction was slow and clumsy. It was 5 days before any full rescue operation was attempted, at the cost of over 800 lives. He lowered taxes on the rich, raised them on ...more
BUSH DO YOUR THING!V 625 Comments
Anyone who thinks Obama is the worst president is obviously bias for several reasons, but the most obvious reason is that he is the current president and since Nixon time it has been cool to hate on the modern president. I don't think he is a great president but at least he didn't let the nation literally fall apart under him. Enter James Buchanan who pretty much basically let slavery spread and did nothing to prevent the Confederacy from forming. It is lucky that we had Lincoln afterward or else the United States wouldn't be the same.
Bush was an idiot but seriously? This guy basically caused the civil war
He's universally accepted as the worst president the country has ever had. End of story - SVGPLAGUE
Everyone who voted Obama has not researched US history - RandomatorV 105 Comments
Prior to Obama, Carter was definitely THE WORST EVER! However, where Carter tried to illicit peace in the Middle East Obama went out of his way to support the overthrow of many ME governments that were either supportive or neutral by radical Muslims who then unified and strengthened terrorism. His economic "leadership" threw the US into a disastrous recession, that eventually became the key item behind his defeat in the bid for a second term. Carter's weak, soggy affect as a leader opened the door for the Iran hostage crisis. Carter is a known liar and buffoon who used to carry around empty suitcases to appear a "common man" and often deferred/referred to both his drunken brother and (then) 10 year old daughter about policy items. He is also the only president to be so arrogant and concerned with saving his wretched legacy that he's broken the cardinal rule of speaking out negatively about other presidents and tried to commit policy action.
Jimmy and Obama, one and the same
Jimmy Carter is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER! Here are my top 3 worst.
1. Jimmy Carter- not a leader, raised the gas taxes, and did nothing. (he is worse than obama and jackson which I both hate)
2. Barack Obama- hey, you are leading our country EXTREMELY BADLY. DID NOTHING GOOD.
3. Andrew Jackson- a jerk and loser, a MEAN GUY. I know what you say, what am I thinking. well think about this, if you were a native American and a loser like a puny andrew jackson saying you have to go to Indian territory (aka Oklahoma) which was called the Indian removal act. HE COULD HAVE RECEIVED MORE LAND LIKE JEFFERSON WITH HIS Louisiana PURCHASE, a HUGE SUCCESS BY THE WAY. instead, he behaves like a jerk and is a bully to the native Americans
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No. 2 worst presidentV 84 Comments
He was half and half. Great in foreign policies and installed the Clean Air Act. If he wasn't so paranoid and ended the Democrat's mess of Vietnam, he would have been regarded as a far better president.
That was actually both the Democrat's AND the Republican's plan. No wonder so many hippies were Independent.
Get your facts straight. Nixon was not impeached. He resigned when Congress was preparing to impeach him. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached.
So my grandpa was a good friend of his but seriously rigging an election that you are winning and doing in the night in a building that has like 1 million security guards and using bright flash lights wow what a dumb thing to do - michaeldivine
He was a lier trying to cover up what was really going on in vietnamV 96 Comments
Andrew Johnson has to be the worst US President this country has ever had, and if you know your history you will agree. First, he wasn't even elected, he was VP when Lincoln ( who could be our best President or at least top 3) was assassinated. He was the first president to be impeached, and after the Civil War when the country was in shambles and violent riots and revolts popping up all over the country; he did more to extend the period of nationality disunity and contention then he did to heal the wounds of the war and state of the overall country.
Also I do not believe Obama should be rated number one worst president, don't get me wrong I do not think he is a good president but there are definitely worst presidents in our history.
Actually I created my own list and I know my history he was an amazing president sworn in on a plane after JFK' s assassination. - 12345678901234567890
I think Johnson Should be number 1 or at least in the top 3. He ruined everything Lincoln worked for, and set back Black rights for years. I'm even disgusted that there is an elementary school in my Town that's for named after him. Obama might b the most hated on president but I honestly think that he wouldn't have stood a chance even if he Was the best president that Walked This earth. Majority wasn't Happy that there Was a black Man in office. I'm a white woman who Lives in the south, and As soon as he was Elected, I never heard more Racist remarks in my life. Everywhere I turned. Bush Jr. And ronald Reagan and jackson should be up near the top too. Reagan was the very first start to the economic hole were in Right now. Reaganomics. You an start to blame him first and work your Way down The line.
You think invading the Middle East is bad? How about forcing people, who's land you already took and who have adapted to your culture, out of their land because of their skin color? - Ayasti
Let's see, he wasn't voted for, he abolished Lincoln' slavery policies, did nothing to prevent the rioting after the Civil War, made lives EVEN WORSE for black people by forcing them out of their lands, and was the first president to get impeached. - isaaonrtdmtrV 63 Comments
He has no skill. He is immature, very immature. He has no plans, only anger and insecurity. It's not about conservative (he isn't) versus liberal ideas and philosophy. It's about having a grownup run the country. We need to deal with the truth and facts, not myth and uninformed opinions if we hope to improve our ability to deal with the changes that are coming. And, they are coming. He could make a difference if he would grow up, stay focused on what matters, and deal with reality instead of denying everything that he doesn't like or understand. Based on what he has done and what he has not done he appears to be insane. That is not someone that we need in the Whitehouse. And, I don't believe he will serve his entire four years. He doesn't have the attention span. All the talk about snowflakes and comfort dogs makes me laugh when I consider that Trump needed a vacation after the inauguration. Talk about a wimp.
Look I supported trump but he can't be best worst or anything yet. He's not even a month into his presidency. - maverick88
Oh help. This shouldn't be so far down the list considering that he's done enough damage when he was inaugurated just today. Listen, guys, I know he's gonna "build a wall" and "make America great again" and he's for the military. I just can't get past so many horrible things he's said and done. I just can't. Personally, I don't think Barack Obama should be number one on this list. If you don't like him, fine. Comparing how Trump is just "amazing" while Obama "did nothing". Hillary is no saint, but wow, Trump is worse... What? What did Fox News tell you now?
Oh yeah because trying to protect us from potential terrorists and making sure that Mexican immigrants come here Legally is "So Horrible" If you did any research you'd know how bad Clinton really is. - Randomator
He is on a low rank so far on this list but with the times he will be seen as the worst president of American history. A greedy clown without any political knowledge or skills who's running a country like a corrupted business. We are giving critics to the dictactors of the thirties ( Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin ) and North - Korea but his ideas and words are in fact similar ; " America first ", " Make America great again "... Pure nationalism in its most radical form. Shutting America off to the rest of the world ( Travel bans, Building walls, Kicking out immigrants, Making international political relationships almost impossible, Not cooperating with the NATO etc... ). America was build on crimes, racism and corruption ( the extinction of the native population, slavery in its most vicious way which gave the wealth and economic power to the US, Wilson who wiped out in the 20's working-class rights etc... ). American history is all about racism, segregation, corruption ( labor movements, ...more
Racist, Sexist, and thinks that being a T.V. Host can make him a good president. Hella bad, and needs political experience, he's innapropiate and Immature, also. Should be inpeached.V 715 Comments
Hoover was not a bad president, he did not create the Great Depression. In fact, he tried very hard to prevent it. But an economic collapse of the stock market is uncontrolable. Hoover saw the nations economic boom in the 20's; and knew by the way it was going things were going to be bad, but not as bad as it got. He tried many different strategies before and durring the great depression to prevent and recover. Hoover was just in office at the wrong time. If people actually studied him, they wouyld realize that Hoover was a good president. Naturally the man in office durring the Great Depression would be the blame. Not fair.. So don't point fingers to quickly until you study the subject of the matter.
I have to agree with you. Hoover did not cause the Great Depression, and his methods of trying to combat it with a small government and a handful of federal programs were better for the people and at least constitutional compared to FDR's New Deal that turned the presidency into an imperial office.
Herbert Hoover was not a bad president! He tried to stop the Great Depression and save America. This man was a very great man but, sadly went down in history. He got all the blame but it wasn't his fault. I mean no one would be able to stop this! What if you were him? How would you try to make it stop. He set up food relief efforts to try and stop the Great Depression. This poor man was just mislead and got all the blame!
Hoover stuffed up badly! During the Great Depression, Hoover should have dropped tax rates, and increased government spending, which would lead to more investment and eventually increase firms production. Instead, he raised them! This decreased consumer demand, which lead to a decrease in production and lead to a rise in unemployment. Hoover stuffed up badly, and is a key reason not for causing the Great Depression, but making it worse
Why should herbert hoover be on the list of most horrible presidents when hoover saved 1 million russians during the russian famine in the 1920s - KevinDannerV 46 Comments
Yeah, he cheated on Hillary, and that was horrible but he did do some good things for the country so I'll give him that.
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.
Republicans in the house and senate haves the country a surplus and a fantastic economy and Clinton takes credit for it
Uhhhu, Oh Yeah., - ES643262V 155 Comments
I accidentally voted for Andrew Johnson, thinking it was Andrew Jackson LOL.
Jackson was a racist, horrible man who DEFINITELY no longer fits into the Democratic Party. Allow me to share a quote that proves me right:
“[American Indians] have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.” -Andrew Jackson
See? He was the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!
He fit in the democratic party of his time because he was the First. - Jam3s
Indian Removal act!? Blech! This horrible man was a total racist, and destroyed native Americans and whacked them out of their own land. But despite that totally being unethical, we gotta credit him. We had a nation INSIDE a nation. That's absolutely not right. I mean, no, dude, you should not have booted the natives out of their land. But America needed expansion! A horrible excuse isn't it? Worst than manifest destiny, the stupid idea that we had permission from God to wipe out everyone cause it was a religious command to grow. But hey, horrible man; yes. Horrible president? Hate to say it but no. He helped America grow. He was pretty darn evil, and a drunk as well. But a good president he was. Boot him outta here, but put him on #1 on evil president's list..
Like Trump, Andrew Jackson was far from perfect. Admittedly racist in an age of racists, no doubt surrounded by corrupt politicians, Jackson nonetheless did one thing that really mattered, and upon which his legacy should be built: he fought the banks and won. He kept privately-owned banks OUT of US government literally until 1913. I have no concern for anything else he did, didn't do, or might have done. I don't care. For this one thing, for keeping banks out for nearly 80 years, he deserves his place as one of the BEST presidents the US has ever had. Whoever ranked him as the 12th worst obviously doesn't understand the importance or significance of debt to governments, and just how devastating it can be.
To put it simply he was the Donald Trump of the 1830s - RandomatorV 119 Comments
A cowboy who sent thousands of young america to die in Vietnam because he couldn't keep his ego and pride in check. To loose kennedy and get shacked up with this man is perhaps the worst political event that has ever taken place within america.
If you look at Wikipedia, he is actually ranked as the 13th best, maybe because our nation was prosperous during his presidency, and there was this little matter of the Civil Rights Act, although since our only African-American president is ranked worst, it's obvious there are a lot of bigots on this website. Obama is actually ranked 17th, well ahead of W's 34th, proving that the two of them aren't even in the same galaxy as a president. By the way, Wikipedia's listing is actually a compilation of a number of experts' lists, so it isn't just one man's opinion, and it's the opinion of people who have studied the subject and aren't just shooting off their mouth.
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!. - Al_Kesselring
All he did was stuff that Kennedy was going to do - ikerevievsV 57 Comments
When people think of Woodrow Wilson they think of think of the reforms of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments, but none of these were began by Wilson. The first two were proposed under President Taft, the third was a result of proposals done by the Pacific Northwest and other progressive states over a decade before. At least six states (Washington, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming) allowed women to vote in the 1912 presidential election, and over half did so in 1916.
On the other hand, Wilson exported the South’s Jim Crow laws into the District of Columbia, which under the previous Republican administrations from McKinley to Taft had been the only integrated place south of the Mason-Dixon Line. He also aired a pro-Ku Klux Klan movie at the White House and also appointed one later “Four Horseman” judge, James Clark McReynolds, who was a rabid racist and anti-Semite to the extent of not being able to work with his brother ...more
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
The closet thing we've ever had to a dictator.V 51 Comments
Harding was clearly one of the worst US presidents, although he is relatively unknown today. I believe his own words were, "I am not fit for this office and should never have been here. " Harding enjoyed being liked more than he prized being a good leader. While president, he busied himself with golf, poker, and his mistress, while appointees and cronies plundered the U.S. government. (They were dishonest cheats, who came to be known as "the Ohio gang. " Many of them were later charged with defrauding the government, and some of them went to jail. )
Certainly Harding was not a great man or great leader. However, his administration did something very significant for which it has been forgotten: it shortened the length of the deflationary depression of 1920-21 primarily by issuing debt-free silver coins to circulate among the people. Just look at the circulation of silver dollars for 1921 versus most of the earlier twentieth century. Following WWI, America needed a financial boost, and the Harding administration did it. This contrasts starkly with Hoover's and FDR's Keynesian mishandling of matters that fueled the Great Depression a decade later. The claims that Harding caused the Great Depression are without foundation. The Great Depression was caused by too much credit and the withdrawal of that credit, the opposite of the issuance of hard money, which Harding championed. Though he was not a great man, Harding deserves a better place than 11th worst.
It's between him and Nixon for the most dishonest President. Nixon actually had some positive accomplishments, like opening up relations with China. Harding died early on, we can only guess how much damage he and his cronies would've done.
He gambled the white house china and lost it. - YatagarasuV 24 Comments
His era was rife with corruption because he was very trusting in people who were taking advantage of his power and ultimately has to be considered among the top people responsible for the mess that was Washington during this time period. As was said earlier, perhaps the greatest general in US history, but his undeniable skills didn't translate well to his presidency and it was a horrible black hole of corruption in any honest reading of US History. Not as bad as Andrew Johnson, who he proceeded (and was undoubtedly the worst president of all time), but definitely top 10 worst presidents to date.
One of the greatest generals ever, but one of the worst presidents, sadly
This man lead one of the most corrupt presidencies in our history
HE HAS USELESS IN HIS NAMEV 25 Comments
He should be at least 10 spots higher. He wanted to expand the slavery institution just before the Civil War and he was indecisive as all hell - marmalade_skies
He was not as bad as most think. He was anti-slavery himself, though he was sympathetic to the south's troubles.
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. - FuzzySlippers
The only reason I voted for him was because I wanted to comment on this. I am from New Hampshire and I find it offensive that he is even this high on the list. He attained the rank of brigadier-general during the war of 1812. I find that rank hardly ever given to a "drunkard". NH Pride! - arttheperson
Why is Donald Trump worse than this guy? This guy led us further to the Civil War!V 9 Comments
ARE YOU SERIOUS? He helped lead us out of the Great Depression, tried to prevent another one. HE LEAD US THROUGH WWII. Sure he was unorganized, but he lead us through on of our darkest times when Hoover didn't do anything.
FDR fundamentally changed the relationship between the individual and the government and quite possibly eroded the democratic process (pertaining to the individual) more than any other president. Two thumbs way down.
Ultimate big government socialist. Failed New Deal policies which let Great Depression extend years beyond what it needed to be. Prototype of a bigger, harder left, Obama failed presidency.
The worst by far. He single handedly destroyed freedom and created the worst scheme ever conceived. A thief, a dictator and an a-hole.V 133 Comments
Believe it or not, a good Democrat should know that he wasn't the worst. He put in some kind of good, neo-liberal policies, and I can respect that. SUPERIOR to his son.
When you lowkey know your son was responsible for 9/11
His son is more of a joke - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
Father of George W. Bush, that's all you need to know.V 27 Comments
The Ford company was founded by Henry Ford, not Gerald Ford
Ford was the person who took the last of the soldiers out of Vietnam. He needs to be lower! - Turkeyasylum
My mom hated him because he pardoned Nixon.
The guy who fell over. - TorchpostV 12 Comments
If he had lived longer perhaps history would have judged him better. As the last US President to be a slave owner, he was just on the wrong side of history. - singhj
Taylor was the last president of his generation (the first age of presidents) and we moved onto perhaps the best political and presidential generation in history, or worse in some ways
It's not fair cause he only serve for 16 months (1 year and 4 months)
@singhj Dude, U. S Grant was the last to own slaves not taylor. Why don't you know David rice atchison? Was presdient for 1 day like the guy said when he was already in this list... Poor list. Putting wrong pepole at the top.
Zachary Taylor was the last to own slaves DURING HIS PRESIDENCY. Ulysses owned slaves BEFORE his presidency. - Boshua
Millard Fillmore created the can't help a slave escape law or something in the times of the Underground Railroad that's just mean
He was one of the laziest presidents ever! He was the last president in the Whig party. He is the most forgotten president ever!
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.
Nobody rembers him like Trump will be remembered for decades, nor like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were remembered. - LucretiaV 11 Comments
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