No matter which of numerous genuine listings of presidents one looks at, George W. Bush is always near the bottom of the list.
C-Span surveyed 109 professional historians in to come up with an exhaustive ranking of all 42 former presidents.
The BOTTOM 10:
33. Hayes (R)
34. Hoover (R)
35. John Tyler (Whig)
36. G. W. BUSH (R)
37. Fillmore (Whig)
38. Harding (R)
39. Harrison (R)
40. Pierce (D)
41. Andrew Johnson (D)
42. James Buchanan (D)
109 professional historians ranked G. W. Bush's presidency 98% FAILURE and 2% success
"No individual president can compare to the second Bush," wrote one historian.
"Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and The squandered the rest of the world's goodwill.
In short, no other president's faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large."
Another historian surveyed by C-Span said, "With his unprovoked and disastrous war of aggression in Iraq and his monstrous deficits, Bush has SET THIS COUNTRY ON A COURSE THAT WILL TAKE DECADES TO CORRECT."