Are you upset with the Obama Administration? Well before you start getting on his case just consider all of the work he has to put in so that he can clean up the mess from these past presidents! This list details the 10 worst presidents in American history. Believe us, there were some crappy leaders in this country, even before George W. Bush came along. (Still, he is pretty bad.)
We hope you learn a bit more about these presidents and why their terms have left a bad taste in the mouth of Americans as well as a stain on our record. From goofy gaffes to flat-out lies, these leaders have exhibited some poor strategic planning and wacko decision-making. If you thought being the president of the United States was a hard job, you might at least think you could do a better job than these guys. Maybe it is time that this country had a female president…
With the elections approaching and the candidates coming forward, now is a good time to reflect on what a president does not want to do for his (or her!) country. We hope you enjoy reading this list and remember that we could be in a much more complicated place than we are now.
10. Warren G. Harding
To our fellow Americans, a word of advice: never trust a guy who uses the word “normality” in a public speech. Warren G. Harding was elected President back in 1920 and did so with his promises to restore the country back to its pre World War I state. Yet his presidency was full of corruption and favoritism, prompting scandals and a poor approval rating. He was accused of bribery, adultery, and just being an all-around crappy Prez. His horrible term in office even prompted what some call the “Warren Harding Error.” Now that is definitely a major burn!
9. Andrew Johnson
How did Andrew Johnson earn a spot on our list? Well, we must say that coming to office after Abraham Lincoln is definitely a tough job. Yet Johnson could have done it with a lot more tact. Instead he nearly obliterated all of Lincoln’s hard work. Immediately following Lincoln’s death, Johnson supported the South. Longing to return to the white supremacy pattern of society, he used the Republican Congress’s recess to push for pro-slavery laws. He granted pardons to and also allowed Confederate entities to take over control of some states and establish “Black codes.” He even let some of John Wilkes Booth’s associates slide by!
8. Franklin Pierce
He may have been in office for only a few years, but Franklin Pierce was a long-standing supporter of the Confederate South despite being among northern folks. Pierce had fought in the Mexican-American War and his tendencies toward slavery translated into his presidency, what with adding more and more slave-states and rubbing elbows with pro-slavery leaders. Among his other “achievements” were the Kansas-Nebraska Act and further backing of the Fugitive Slave Act. He really was a key proponent in the onset of the Civil War, believing that the abolitionists were a hindrance to furthering the leadership and sophistication of the United States.
7. Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore was the 13th President, way back in 1850. He had a solid beginning, a sort of rags-to-riches story as he made his way up the ranks in political circles. So what happened? He shoved morals and ethics to the side and favored being a politico. His approval rating tanked and did nothing to ease the build-up to the Civil War. Whoops. People wanted to quickly forget about him, and in fact, most folks have. Kids do not even learn about Fillmore anymore, and he is nearly obliterated from the nation’s historical memory. Sorry about that, Millard, my dear.
6. John Tyler
How can a President who earned the nickname “His Accidency” ever recover his public image? So it goes with John Tyler, who makes our list. He had such staggeringly depressing approval ratings that we do not even know how he hung in there for so long. Well, he managed to be President from 1841-45, but nearly his entire Cabinet called it quits due to his crappy leadership. He also refused to set up a national bank (what?) and he got kicked out of the cool kids’ club when his party expelled him. He was almost impeached, but decided to step down when he realized just how hated he was.
5. Ulysses S. Grant
This is another United States president that allowed an onslaught of corruption within his political circle. He is most often referred to as a president who had a not-so-fruitful term in office and he lacked a lot of the admirable qualities most of us look for in a presidential candidate. Ulysses S. Grant did not exhibit stellar public-speaking skills, nor was he quite dominant in politics (in fact he did not even like political affairs) and he was more quiet and under the radar. These qualities could have contributed to his lack of presidential prowess and thus landed him on our list.
4. William Henry Harrison
It seems a bit unfair to put William Henry Harrison on this list considering that he died of pneumonia just a month after settling in the office. Yet as the ninth Prez of the United States, he seemed to be a bit strange and not a good decision-maker. I mean, what kind of dude just goes outside without some winter gear when it is freezing? He delivered his inaugural addresses without covering up, so of course he got sick! And back then, medicine was nowhere near what it is today…ugh, he was just doomed from the start. A pity, to be sure.
3. Herbert Hoover
The 31st President of the United States was not a good one. He falls at Number Three on our list because he had a horrible reaction to the stock market crash which led to The Great Depression. Good times, good times. People had to embrace poverty or just die, and these “Hoovervilles” as they were coined began sprouting up all over the country. Hoover supported Prohibition, which made him even more hated. The guy just had to let us dig ourselves deeper and deeper into the pits. Finally, Franklin Roosevelt had to boot him out of the Presidency and clean up the mess he had made.
2. Richard Nixon
When it comes to Richard Nixon we have just one word: Watergate. Nixon’s presidency is often overshadowed by his scandal in which the Nixon administration refused to comply with the government as it investigated the break-in and leaks of conversations within the Democratic National Committee. Several people within the Nixon administration underwent illegal activities and the public was stunned and saddened to discover that the president had tried to cover it up. Nixon’s presidency also saw devastating and clandestine bombings, thousands of deaths in the Vietnam War, and the whole purpose of the war is still frowned upon. After Nixon, the country was left broke and defeated.
1. George W. Bush
Ah, George W. Bush. This is a crappy presidency that is still ripe in most of our minds. Bush is despised for such a variety of reasons that we could make our own list of them. He was a proud supporter of the death penalty, he bought and bribed his way into office, he backed down on climate change, and he cut ties with various global partners. He is blamed a lot for the war in Iraq as well as the trouble and deaths that the United States suffered in Afghanistan. He portrayed himself as fully incompetent and unabashedly neglectful to the advice of the United Nations and other global leaders.