Top 10 Worst United States Presidents
The Top Ten Worst United States Presidents
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
I absolutely agree with you. Bush destroyed this land and Obama is trying to patch things back together before he leaves office
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
George W. Bush was a complete disaster and the worst president this country has ever had. He was an embarrassment and a mistake that never should have happened. We'll be decades trying to repair the damage this man caused our great country. He pushed our economy into an oligarchy, he destroyed our freedoms by trying to turn us into a third-world theocratic state, he destabilized the Middle East, was far too careless with the lives of our troops and with our nation's finances, and ruined our reputation abroad. Plus, he was horrible for our national unity. The hatred Americans feel for each other was stirred up to a fever pitch by Bush's policies. I believe Bush may have been well-meaning in some areas, but he had incredibly faulty judgement and the worst leadership skills of any president in memory. He never seemed to be in charge and let Cheney get away with all sorts of corruption.
The only thing that George W. Bush achieved was to make his father look like he had a stellar ...more
What has he done? NOTHING! He seems to want to plunge us deeper in debt. It's sad we even consider him for re-election.
He's done nothing because republicans in the senate and House of Representatives oppose everything he tries to do, being selfish and bigoted even though they're supposed to represent our country.
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.
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
I WOULDN'T SAY THIS MAN DID NOTHING. THIS MAN DID MORE TO CREATE A RIFT BETWEEN THE RACES, THAN ANYONE IN RECENT MEMORY. I AM IN MY LATE 50'S AND I TREAT EVERYONE ACCORDING TO WHAT KIND OF PERSON THEY ARE, NOT BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. I WAS RAISED TO TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT. BUT, I BELIEVE, BECAUSE OF OBAMA'S INFLUENCE, I AM NOW TARGETED AS A RACIST SIMPLY BECAUSE I AM WHITE.
HE DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO UNDERMINE OUR COUNTRY'S LAW ENFORCEMENT, CREATING ANGER TO THE POINT OF CAUSING INNOCENT POLICE OFFICERS TO BE TARGETED FOR MURDER. (DALLAS) AND SOME OTHER INCIDENTS. EVEN WITH TRUMP'S SUPPORT AND INFLUENCE, THIS ISSUE HASN'T IMPROVED MUCH.
THE COUNTRY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE UNEMPLOYED WERE AFRICAN AMERICAN) AND THE HUGE DEFICIT AT AN ALL TIME HIGH. THE ECONOMY WAS TO THE BRINK OF TOTAL COLLAPSE.
I RESPECT EVERYONE'S RIGHT TO WORSHIP WHATEVER DEITY THEY CHOOSE BUT, THIS PRESIDENT CLEARLY DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PUSH THIS ...more
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
Career can be summed up as basically: So you know how our country is extremely divided right now? I have a great plan:
Let's do absolutely nothing about it.
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.
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.
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
95 people actually liked this comment, which was comparing Trump to Hitler and other dictators. The idiocy is massive.
There is almost nothing to admire about Donald Trump since he doesn't show any respect for our nation. He cheated on all of his three wives, and he also cheated college, which many of his students and a former professor said that he wasn't bright. He's a lonely person who only wants loyalty from everyone, but he manipulates everyone with false statistics, facts, and promises. He's not a good businessman either, but how did he get all the money? He inherited money from his father, plain and simple. Was he ever bankrupted? Of course, but he has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times out of six in his career. His other two bankruptcies are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Many people are saying that Donald Trump fixed the economy of Obama's administration, but is that true? No, he has inherited the economy from the Presidency of Barack Obama, but he lies about it since he wants to manipulate everyone. Why didn't Republicans support the impeachment of Donald Trump? It's because they fear for his ...more
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.
His Reconstruction Of The South Was Bad He Vetoed The Civil Rights Act of 1866 Thanks To Him Racism In The South Was To Be For 99 Years
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.
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.
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
He was a spy that is illegal and he tried to get rid of dairy farms because he wanted nothing but rich people in the country
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.
Scared by a rabbit, used to spend 3 hours per day looking for UFO's, got laughed at by virtually every foreign leader.
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 and Obama, one and the same
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.
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..
Career can basically be summed up as: Native Americans? Don't care about them. They can all die for all I care.
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.
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.
Lost the White House China collection in a Drunken Poker Game...Thank goodness for antiquity laws that kept them in place
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.
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!
"Should we do anything about this global economic crisis? NAH! Even a baby could sort it out! "
He may not have caused the Depression, but his philosophy meant sitting back and not taking affirmative action to prevent it from getting worse.
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.
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.
Republicans in the house and senate haves the country a surplus and a fantastic economy and Clinton takes credit for it
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.
Eagerly endorsed US involvement in the Viet Nam conflict, and during his tenure increased US troop presence there from 11k to more than 536k.
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.
People say we spend too much on the military. Take every dime ever spent on every military, including all wars and "Police Actions" from the Revolutionary War forward and inflate all of that into today's dollars, Seven Trillion dollars.
But since 1967, we've spent TWENTY TRILLION DOLLARS on the poor with Johnson's Great Society, and we have a worse problem with more poor people.
He Worsened Relations Between North And South He Caused Bleeding Kansas By Passing The Kansas Nebraska Act
Pierce was born in New Hampshire. A Union state. But he was bad.Really bad! He caused the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854. This guy is%$@#$%!
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.
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
Woodrow Wilson, during his term created the Federal Reserve bank and Income Tax to finance the debt created by America borrowing the money created by the Federal Reserve yet the creation of paper money is paid by us. By the way, just a few congressmen were in cahoots with the president, so they met when all the others were back home to pass the bill. They snuck it through thanks to Wilson. For this reason he is even worse than Obama.
He allowed the killing of the buffalos, should be first in this list.
One of the greatest generals ever, but one of the worst presidents, sadly
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.
This man lead one of the most corrupt presidencies in our history
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
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.
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.
I would rather have James polk than him. Sense!? 1850 would be a shame.
John Tyler betrayed the United States and joined the Confederacy.
To date, the only president to be kicked out of his own party.
John Tyler wasn't even elected.
I don't even know who this guy is
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 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.
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)
Are you for real? He was a great president. 1. ) He basically ended the Cold War 2. ) Helped get the Berlin torn down
American economy was booming. It wasn't anything like an oligarchy, horrific statement.
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.
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.
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!
My mom hated him because he pardoned Nixon.
He wasn't awful but he wasn't great
He was alright even though he served a month
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.
He shouldn't be one this list sure people are judging him on what he said but that's not what he did as president he died too soon to do something to affect the us in a good or bad way
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.
Extended Great Depression by 8 years through his policies. Created the socialist state in the US.
Expanded government more than any other president in history, ignored the other branches, and tried to make the presidency a monarchy.
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.
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!?!?!?
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!
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
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.
John Tyler started the war with Mexico. Polk won it, and got a few states out of it.
The idea of starting an unnecessary war with Mexico, only to conquer land to could have the complete pacific coast united was awful, and annex Texas, who was Mexico territory, despite being colonized by Americans due to illegal immigration also promoted by United States, was also terrible
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!
He started the unecassary war with Mexico just to get some crappy states out of it.
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.
PEOPLE STOP! He wasn't racist because he dropped 2 nuclear weapons on Japan! If we didn't drop those nukes the war would have majorly escalated resulting in even more deaths, most likely twice the amount of the deaths at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a tragedy all those innocent civilians had to die, but these are the consequences of war. The only real racist act president Truman committed was forcing all those Japanese citizens into concentration camps.
No. It was a Soviet Invasion that happened the same day that ended the war
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.
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
He isn't bad but I'm adding him becuase this list needs to list worst to best
John Adams was an amazing man, but he wasn't a very good president. He didn't spend enough at the capital, he never really did anything for America, and worst of all, he passed the Alien and Sedition Acts which were terrible.
He was a great president, he stopped us from starting a war with France.
I always thought he was a humdrum, everyday kind of president, that is until I realized and remembered that he passed the Alien and Sedition Acts which were supposedly unconstitutional. I say this because it violates all of our 1st amendment rights and freedoms granted by the Constitution, which shouldn't be abridged.
He was a great leader. Take him off this list!
Well it's not like he's known anyway...
As if he gets recognition
Lol why put Santa on here?
He cheated our nation if you look at his history the only reason why he is a president was because of congress. He is on my top five list.
He sais he hated being president
This guy is a boss
Cheated his way to presidency
President Hayes supported the rights of all the freed slaves. He also eschewed running for a second term because he did not believe in two term Presidencies. He was a man noted for his absolute honesty, integrity, and decency. I am certainly proud to be able to bear his name as part of my family name! Robert HAYES Halfpenny
He fought against corruption like no President before!
Says it in the name: he B. Hayes all the time; listens to and obeys his elders. What a nice guy!
For real he was good
He should be higher on the list than 22. You seem to forget he almost destroyed the Republican Party. He was non existent as President, and was responsible for raising tariffs and breaking treaties. In fact he was so unpopular at the time that his mentor, Theodore Roosevelt ran against him, bolted the Republican Convention and ran as the Progressive Party candidate. Thus led to the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson.
Fattest president that ever lived he was the 27th president he was 350 the only thing smart he did was add more banks for Delaware since he said that was the best state Delaware was also the first state.
I dig the stach
He was never elected. He was rather still a vice president under his precessor James Garfield's laws. The only reason why he was ever president because Garfield was assassinated. He was so unpopular that the Republican Party denied him nomination for a full term. Even Mark Twain wrote that it would be hard to make Arthur's (vice) presidency better. Also, those sideburns will grow to meters.
Actually he didn't want to get nominated for a second term. He told his friends not to help.
Arthur was not bad, but enforced garfiled. He came from the New York senate
This guy was great! Why is it a big deal deal that he wasn't elected. Are we forgetting about the state of the union address?
He wasn't a very good president: he wasn't even elected!
He was the first to have the idea of buying Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain, and it was an idea that remained on the American government for a long time, but when Cuba starts to search for their independence, the idea was not abandoned, but instead, they help Cuba and the Philippines and after their received that islands as a war payment and because makes no sense help a country and after keep it for themselves, unless that was the Philippines, they gave the full independence to Cuba and took Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines, but Cuba remained under the shadow of United States, and they forced Cuba to include in their constitution the Emenda Plat, that conceives to USA a permanent military base in the Island, Guantanamo Bay, but the good life has ended when Fidel Castro took power, and that brought many troubles to all American continent.
And think that all this as started with an idea of James Monroe
if he had not thought about that, the world would have been much ...more
I'm related to him
He was so imperialist, that thinked the United States had to have a colony in Africa, Liberia
So he owned slaves everyone back then owned slaves, it does not make him a jerk or a bad president. And if he wanted to free his slaves the law back then stated he could not. Today just be glad it is not like this today. I understand if you don't like that but it happened and this stuff happened and nothing can erase history. Plus he trusted his slaves, one offered to cook for him most people would say no but he allowed the slave to cook for him and one of the foods was Mac and cheese. So just stop worrying about things that happened 200 years ago
He was one of the best presidents there was!
"We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal."-Jefferson
Jefferson was one of the most trusting and trustworthy presidents ever. Yes, he owned slaves, but that was back when it was a norm, plus he respected them like a family.
He was a great president!
It's not really fair to put Garfield on the list, simply because he was only president for six months
But Trump made the list after only a short while. Look at me I got worse the longer I was in office
This should be in the top ten best presidents instead. He was a great man but got killed before he could take office which is quite sad.
Lower than Lincoln? How?
The worst. Started american imperialism. Invaded The Philippines, Hawaii, Guam and others, just to conquer and have more territory, pitting him in a war with Spain. He was assassinated by an anarchist, and I understand his motivations.
He started american imperialism and went into a sort of Cold War with Spain where he invaded Spain's last colonies.
He was an imperialist and with the old dying idea of manifest destiny had to annex an independent native country, the Hawaii
The right spot for him. Good: Won victory over Spain in the Spanish-American war, probably the first time USA ever won an international war excluding American Revolution, but he annexated Hawaii.
His first term as president was great. His 2nd, not so much.
Madison, while not the worst, still did a very poor job as president. He made it nearly impossible to make changes to the Constitution (which has very outdated parts to it in this day and age) and launched the U. S. into war with Britain, which the Americans were completely unprepared to fight. These were very unwise choices.
He is a goody baddy guy
I'm the only 1 that commented thus1
Your kidding me? Lincoln is awesome! GET LINCOLN OFF THIS LIST!
We can't. There is 44 US presidents. All of them are on here. Therefore, to the people, Abraham Lincoln is the greatest president of all time. You're American, right? Well, I'm a 12-year-old Canadian, thank you very much. LEARN!
Why must we always put up walls against each other (figuratively), the Republican Party that Lincoln was a part of was in no way associated with the platform of the modern Republicans, in fact, it opposes it in many ways. Why would a Democrat be mad that Lincoln was the best president? Political parties are not what defines a person or his/her beliefs. One party is not necessarily "better" than the other at a given time because there are many give and takes as well as countless viable perspectives for each issue. I find that Republicans in particular tend to be especially partisan and devious. No matter how I spin the circumstance, it always comes points to that as the conclusion. Many people, and especially many of those participating in this list need to check what they believe. It is truly wrong to blindly follow an idea that you do not know enough about, and exponentially more so to impose it on others. Do not believe in things that are poorly sourced or not sourced at ...more
The person who put Abraham on this list needs to smack themselves in the face, Lincoln is AWESOME!
The person who said Abraham Lincoln didn't free the slaves has to be a far left wing Democrat and must think that all Republicans is bad.
There is good and bad in both parties and Abraham Lincoln was and still is the best president of all times and Democrats just need to get over it.
I have done deep research on all US presents unlike this person trying to say he didn't free the slaves, I didn't find anything showing that didn't free the slaves.
The Republican party always been about freedom for all and if people would do their research they will see that trying to stop slavery is what created the Republican party in the first place.
Simple he was elected once lost office than regained office. why does that seem mind boggling to you and I'm a ten year old.
I love his moustache
He was morbidly obese
This is in possible that he was president 22&24
Whoa whoa whoa! Why is George on this list? He's technically the reason why we're a free country!
Every president is on this list. George Washington is the 6th-best president to the people of TheTopTens.com. There we go. Capiche?
There wouldn't be a United States if it wasn't for him we would have probably lost the American revoulition and if somehow we did there would be a king
For all of you idiots who think he should be on this list, let me give you a newsflash. The reason this country even exists is because of him! Without him the revolution wouldn't have started, and we'd still be under Britain's heel for much longer than we were.
... We are talking about George Washington the president right? The first president? The commander-in-chief that lead the colonies in The American Revolution? He is one of the main reasons we won the war. He set a example for future presidents. The only reasons things went downhill is because Congress ignored his Farewell Address. Whoever thinks he should be on the list, is a idiot, who probably failed in their social studies/history class
I do believe that he is overrated, if you read "Killing Kennedy" you will see why. He put many personal issues above his presidency. But this does not necessarily make him a bad president. Definitely overrated, but not bad at all.
His coolness during the Cuban Missile Crisis probably saved the world from nuclear Armageddon. He was starting to show courage in the fight for civil rights. Who knows what he would have done in Vietnam had he lived. He may not have been great, but he certainly doesn't deserve to be on the list of worst presidents. Who wouldn't want him here today?
Ok no. You are basically putting all the good presidents on this list. He was a good president. HE IS NOT WEAK AND HE IS THE BEST ONE TO ME. SO NO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! He be a strong man and he will keep on doing that. I will type a whole speech if that what it takes to prove to you that he was and still is a good man. You guys are sad. Very very very sad. ALL of you of... OHH I Am going to get all ballistic on ALLL OF YA! HE IS THE BEST! I REPEAT THE BEST! SO LIVE WITH IT JERKS
Y the hell is JFK on here
Hey, look! That idiot who stays in his office and not do anything!
I'm just voting for him to try and push Lincoln off of this list
I'm just voting for him to try and push Lincoln out of this list..
I'm just voting for him to try and push Reagan off this list. Same for Kennedy.
He shouldn't be on this list, wanting to preserve nature, helping stop the Russo-Japanese war, shot in the chest and gave a 90 minute speech, wanting some equality between whites and minorities.
To the guy who wrote the comment starting "I wish we had this guy today..." You obviously did not understand Teddy Roosevelt very well. Just because he was an outdoorsman does not mean he was a low life name-calling NRA puppet like you. Teddy actually had much more in common with Barack as far as standing up for the working man than he would have ever had in common with someone like you. I hope you realize in your comments that you are talking about a classy leader with his face on Mount Rushmore, and not some gun goon like yourself. Frankly, I think the Secret Service should be interested in your comments and I hope you land in jail because that's where you belong.
WHAT?! Why is he on this list at all?! He was like the best president there was!
I wish we had this guy today cause we would be shooting guns on the white house lawn. He was so cool not like these ferries we have today like who we have now. He was a real man. Not like this sweet pea we have today. I don't think Teddy would like Barrack at all. He would give him a 30 second head start and by sun down his head would be mounted on the oval office wall as a trouphy. But he would take it down as it would really detract from the décor.
This guy killed thousands of people in foreign countries under the suspicion of communism. Brutally overthrew many countries just to replace them with US backed dictators. In one example, Guatemala had a democratic revolution and elected leaders who were fighting corrupt rich US banana companies. But when Samuel Zemurray told Eisenhower about this, he just went "COMMIE" and overthrew the whole country and killed the president.
HOW? I get trump because of stupid 20 year olds acting half their age, but he? HE INVENTED THE HIGHWAY, I get the concern for the forest, but same people ignored Smokey's Rule.
One of the best. He was truly concerned for the country and it's people.
Though Eisenhower was a military genius, this man's response to ANYTHING was to nuke it or overthrow it. Chinese conflict at Qeymoy Island, "Let's drop a nuke! " Lebanon Civil War..."Drop a nuke! " Democratically elected officials who WERE NOT murdering their people in Iran, Guatemala, Tibet, Indonesia, Cuba, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Some of these countries had just democratically elected new leader, but their new leaders could pose a threat for some corporations in the U.S. so Eisenhower had them overthrown. Some of these coups were epic failures causing the deaths of many innocent civilians and led to wars that caused the deaths of millions more. More than Truman ever "killed" during the atomic bombings.
He also refused to do anything about Senator McCarthy and his witch hunts, nor did he even touch the crumbling situations in the American South.
This man was not a great president and should go down in history as such.