Bush Jr.: 10 Worst Presidents In Historian Poll
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#1 Oct 26, 2011
President George W. Bush is near the bottom of the heap in the latest survey of historians on presidential leadership.
Bush received an overall ranking of 36 out of 42 former presidents—in the bottom 10.
Ronald Reagan was rated 10th best, up from 11th in a similar survey taken in 2000; Bill Clinton was rated 15, up from 21 in 2000. George H.W. Bush went to 18 from 20.
The five best presidents, according to the historians, were Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 were John F. Kennedy at six, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight Eisenhower, Woodrow Wilson, and Reagan.
The worst presidents, according to the survey, were James Buchanan at 42, Andrew Johnson at 41, Franklin Pierce, William Henry Harrison, Warren Harding, Millard Fillmore, George W. Bush, John Tyler, Herbert Hoover, and Rutherford B. Hayes.
Among the historians and political scientists who participated in the ratings were H. W. Brands, Thomas Cronin, Robert Dallek, Alvin Felzenberg, Fred Greenstein, and James McPherson.
#2 Oct 26, 2011
bushy is the worst and obama is the best
#3 Oct 26, 2011
I know. All these historians rated Bush II as a big fat turkey so why do all these GOP losers constantly berate Obama? The GOP supporters are little bitches who got beat up by their pimp but instead running away they want to go right back to their abuser. They are psychologically broken. Am I right?
#4 Sep 17, 2012
Bush explained to French Pres. Chirac that the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Mid-East and must be defeated.
The revelation this month in GQ Magazine that Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary embellished top-secret wartime memos with quotations from the Bible prompts a question. Why did he believe he could influence President Bush by that means?
The answer may lie in an alarming story about George Bush's Christian millenarian beliefs that has yet to come to light.
In 2003 while lobbying leaders to put together the Coalition of the Willing, President Bush spoke to France's President Jacques Chirac. Bush wove a story about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East and how they must be defeated.
In Genesis and Ezekiel Gog and Magog are forces of the Apocalypse who are prophesied to come out of the north and destroy Israel unless stopped. The Book of Revelation took up the Old Testament prophesy:
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."
Bush believed the time had now come for that battle, telling Chirac:
"This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people's enemies before a New Age begins".
The story of the conversation emerged only because the Elyse Palace, baffled by Bush's words, sought advice from Thomas Romer, a professor of theology at the University of Lausanne. Four years later, Romer gave an account in the September 2007 issue of the university's review, Allez savoir . The article apparently went unnoticed, although it was referred to in a French newspaper.
The story has now been confirmed by Chirac himself in a new book, published in France in March, by journalist Jean Claude Maurice. Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush's invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and "wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs".
In the same year he spoke to Chirac, Bush had reportedly said to the Palestinian foreign minister that he was on "a mission from God" in launching the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and was receiving commands from the Lord.
There can be little doubt now that President Bush's reason for launching the war in Iraq was, for him, fundamentally religious. He was driven by his belief that the attack on Saddam's Iraq was the fulfilment of a Biblical prophesy in which he had been chosen to serve as the instrument of the Lord.
Many thousands of Americans and Iraqis have died in the campaign to defeat Gog and Magog. That the US President saw himself as the vehicle of God whose duty was to prevent the Apocalypse can only inflame suspicions across the Middle East that the United States is on a crusade against Islam.
There is a curious coda to this story. While a senior at Yale University George W. Bush was a member of the exclusive and secretive Skull & Bones society. His father, George H.W. Bush had also been a "Bonesman", as indeed had his father. Skull & Bones' initiates are assigned or take on nicknames. And what was George Bush Senior's nickname? "Magog".
#5 Sep 18, 2012
Ike should be higher than 7. Possibly #1. No war, no debt, economy was booming and REAL. Good times during Eisenhowers terms. How the hell can JFK be in the top ten? He did nothing really other than get splattered on the road in Dallas. Is that what it takes??
#6 Sep 18, 2012
Not so fast there Ikee. the first 500 advisors were sent to Vietnam under ike's administration. But then as you say, that was not a real war was it? I also remember construction people having to work in Thule Greenland as no jobs were available here in the states.
#7 Sep 18, 2012
Ike #1? What the shit? Ike was riding on the coattails of the Democratic wonder twins, FDR and Truman. JFK will forever be an American hero. Your comments about JFK were gauche.
#9 Sep 20, 2012
You can look this up. Since WWII the only GOP President to leave office with an unemployment rate lower than when they took office was Reagan (-2.1%) Every Democrat BUT ONE left office with less or equal unemployment than when they started (yes even Carter stayed even). The only Democrat that has not improved employment since WWII is Obama. Facts would indicate that in General Democrats are better for the working man (except Obama) than when Republicans take the wheel (except Reagan). Based on that, I would vote Democrat if they had someone other than Obama up for it. Interesting stats. http://economyinperspective.com/unemployment
#10 Sep 27, 2012
This proves the old addage: If you wanna live like a Republican vote Democrat
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