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    W Is for Worst

    By Kyle | November 16, 2008

    Why was George W. Bush’s presidency the worst in modern history? More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: History, Politics | 10 Comments »

    10 Responses to “W Is for Worst”

    1. jpettus Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 11:51 am

      Perhaps before lecturing others on their lack of knowledge of history, you should learn a bit yourself.
      a. Bush is not considered the worst of recent Presidents but many historians whose business it is to know the ups and downs of all Presidents consider him the worst. He is considered by many to be worst than Buchanan, often cited as the worst for his lack of action to try to fend off the Civil War.
      b. Nearly all the Presidents you list at least had some good legislation or successes as President. LBJ’s foreign policy sucked by his domestic policy soared. Nixon was just the opposite. In W’s case, he has no successes to balance against his failures. Everything he touched turned to garbage. He was a retarded, incompetent frat boy carried by his daddy’s friends and colleagues who didn’t even win election but had to be rescued at the last minute by Daddy’s friends and connections. Even Jimmy Carter’s failures were, by and large, created for him. The devastating inflation he had to deal with coming from Richard Nixon’s twin actions of taking the US off the gold standard and not dealing effectively with the OPEC oil embargo (and if you doubt this to be true, look what rising gas prices have done to our own inflation rate in the past year). As for the failed rescue mission, a little research would also show you that it wasn’t Jimmy who failed but the Joint Chiefs who allowed each of the services to try to insert their own equipment and personnel in order to have a thumb in the pie. The Sea Stallion helicopters chosen for the mission were not well-equipped for the environment and had the Joint Chiefs been willing to hurt some feelings and insert equipment better suited for the mission, it likely wouldn’t have ended as it did.
      c. I’m assuming you feel that the President must take the blame for the failures on his watch as well as the successes. Bush’s failures have been monumental: worst security failure on American soil since Pearl Harbor, perhaps even worse than Pearl Harbor. Worst economic failures since the Great Depression and the jury is still out on that, as banks and businesses are still failing and likely will for another six months if not longer. Worst foreign policy blunder in US history (the disastrous Iraq invasion). Worst deficit in US history (at least up till now. who know what will happen the next time we let the GOP run things)

      I hope you know more about being a film critic than you do about history.

      What a clown you are.

    2. Lou Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

      So, by process of elimination, Eisenhower, the first Bush and Jerry Ford (!) were the best?

    3. Pat Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

      James Buchanan was the worst president, it’s not even close.

    4. kishke Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

      Is jpettus another of Donnie’s aliases? The rant is the same, but the spelling’s a bit better.

    5. Bugg Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

      Rutherford B. Hayes-who gives an eff about your muttonchops?He did beget “East Rutherford” and tailgating in New Jersey. Raise your cold can of beer and a burger in his honor.

      CHester A. Authur-utterly forgettable.And he served twice.

      William McKinley-slain by angry job seeker in Buffalo. Imagine that being your epitaph.

      William Taft-guy turned out to be a great Supreme Court Justice. But get your fat ass stuck in the White House bathtub just once, no one ever mentions your brilliant jurisprudence.

      Someday if we’re lucky, we will be able to laugh at GWB and BHO too.

    6. jic Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

      many historians whose business it is to know the ups and downs of all Presidents consider him the worst.

      Why not name some of these “historians”?

    7. Rog Says:
      November 17th, 2008 at 2:25 am

      To the right, W meant wonderful. To the left W meant worst. To me, W meant Who the heck cares. He was our president, so live with it…. Freedom still rings in this nation that I love and I hope it will with the presidents to come…

    8. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      November 17th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

      Bush is not the worst President in living memory, but he is the most despised.

    9. Brandon Says:
      November 18th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

      Carter was still far worse I think but Bush has been pretty bad. The things I think that have made Bush a bad President are not the usual reasons. I think he has failed for; not standing up to a corrupt Congress and being too passive in defending his policies, presiding over the single largest move away from the free market in US History in the “bailout”, attempts to legalize illegal aliens, providing validity to this “global warming” nonsense, and lastly several wasted efforts and missed opportunities in foreign policy.

      So bad, yes, the worst not quite.

      Donnie what is with the new screen name?

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