• Ochotexto

    Other than W he was the worst. He started this caste system and division. Also sold arms to our enemies., raised taxes 6 times., and voted pro abortion until he flip flopped when it benefited him politically. A total fraud. Typical chest beating, flag waving, fake tough guy cowboy.

  • Parker39

    Clinton was much better than Reagan. Reagan was like your neighbor that drives a Lexus and takes vacations to Europe….but all on credit cards and home equity loans. Clinton balanced the budget and left W with a 300 billion surplus, which he turned in to a trillion dollar deficit.

    Abortion rates, crime rates, unemployment and welfare were all lower under Clinton and home ownership, wages, kids going to college and stock market were all up.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      The Republicans took over in 1994 when Clinton was saying there would be deficits for as far as the eye can see. Reagan was promised three dollars in cuts for every dollar in taxes raised and the dems reneged. Ever heard of the peace dividend? That’s what Clinton got as a result of the disappearance of the USSR and the end of the Cold War. He gutted the military and the intelligence. He vetoed welfare reform twice before Dick Morris convinced him to pass it.

      • bald guy

        Clinton got the job done. Of course, “W” immediately blew it. Big tax cuts, increased spending…and this was before the unpaid war.

        “W” was handed a gourmet meal from Clinton, and then Bush ate it, digested it, passed it through his system, and handed Obama what came out of the back end.

        Do you blame Clinton for Bush’s failure to maintain the balanced budget Clinton handed to him? Maybe you’ll blame Congress. Oh wait. The GOP was in charge.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

          Bush was handed a recession and then an attack that devastated the economy.

          • Parker39

            And Obama was handed “The GREAT recession” and 1.3million jobs lost in his first three months in office…..is that his fault or W’s?

          • Parker39

            Actually I think it was closer to 2.4Million jobs lost in Obama’s first three months and Bush was in office 9 months prior to the attack, just not adding up John. You better cancel that order of “TOAST” you made.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            He inherited a recession. Then 9/11. He had 52 consecutive months of growth.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            It was Bush’ s fault if it’s ever the president’s fault. Obama said he would fix it. Remember hope and change? He made it worse.

          • Parker39

            I think it would have gotten much much worse without his intervention. Saving GM and Chrysler was HUGE! If America would have let them go under, we’re in THE GREATEST depression right now!

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Again, a nice theory.

      • Parker39

        Dick Morris was one of Clinton’s top advisers, should Clinton be vilified for listening to him?

        • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

          Not unless you want to blame Morris for Clinton’s second term.

      • Parker39

        So your saying that Clinton did NOT sign the bills (welfare reform, balanced budgets etc) that were passed by the Republican congress? I don’t recall them having to vote these bills into law by overriding a presidential veto. Damn you have to give good old Bill a little credit, he was only the President of the country at the time!

        • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

          He vetoed it twice and they didn’t have the votes to override it. Then he ran on it in 1996 after it was wildly successful.

  • Chuck

    I agree with Ken. Jimmy (he has ceased to be relevant) Carter has got to go down as the WORST president EVER. Jimmy and his beer “swigglin” brother Billy were a disgrace to the office.

    • Bobzilla

      LBJ is right there, too. All he did was send 50,000 young men to their early graves. How quickly people forget.

      • bald guy

        Nixon also supported the war. You can’t lay this all on LBJ.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

          He ended it.

    • Parker39

      How can you blame Jimmy for what his brother did?

  • bald guy

    This poll is rather meaningless and reflects nothing more than partisan feelings. Looking at the article, Republicans focused on Reagan as the best,. Democrats split their “best” vote among Clinton, FDR, and JFK.

    As for the worst, Democrats zeroed in on “W,” while the GOP focused on Obama, which is why they wound up 1-2. The bipartisan “worst” president is Nixon.

    A better way to judge best and worst presidents is by having people give a rating to each president (or rank order the presidents), rather than having just one vote for “best” or “worst”.

    Any kind of polling of Americans, though, reflects their politics more than anything else.

    Asking historians to rank presidents is more interesting. A good summary of this kind of ranking can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States

    Those polls consistently showed FDR ahead of Reagan, even among conservative historians.

    And, there are many other public opinion polls showing FDR ahead of Reagan.

    That said, Reagan is consistently highly ranked.

  • Naper

    Obama is the worst and scariest ever as pointed out in this letter to the NYT by a P&G executive:

    By Lou Pritchett, Procter & Gamble

    A LETTER FROM A PROCTER AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TO THE PRESIDENT*
    THE LAST SENTENCE IS THE MOST CHILLING

    Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America ‘s true living legends- an
    Acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world’s highest
    Rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize
    Him as the foremost leader in change management.. Lou changed the way
    America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to
    Be known as “partnering.” Pritchett rose from soap salesman to
    Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and
    Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.

    AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

    Dear President Obama:

    You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike
    Any of the others, you truly scare me.

    You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

    You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive
    Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no
    Visible signs of support.

    You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth
    Growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

    You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

    You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus
    Don’t understand it at its core.

    You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

    You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned
    Yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to
    Publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..

    You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America ‘
    Crowd and deliver this message abroad.

    You scare me because you want to change America to a European style
    Country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

    You scare me because you want to replace our health care system
    With a government controlled one.

    You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly
    Capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

    You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose
    That lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of
    Living in the world.

    You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics
    Against certain banks and corporations.

    You scare me because your own political party shrinks from
    Challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

    You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider
    Opposing points of view from intelligent people.

    You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both
    Omnipotent and omniscient.

    You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything
    You do.

    You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the
    Limbaugh’s, Hannitys, O’Reillys and Becks who offer opposing,
    Conservative points of view.

    You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

    Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will
    Probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

    Lou Pritchett

    • Chad Farthouse

      This letter was written in May, 2009-so the jury was, and still is, out on what kind of president Obama is. It was never published by the way.

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/06/18/744134/-Lou-Pritchett,-you-scare-me

    • Dan

      That guy is insane. Clearly living in the bubble listening to the Fox News cycle on a 24 hour loop. One of the guys who thinks Obama is making back-door deals to rip up the Constitution and become king for life while throwing dice in the rose garden. His life hasn’t been affected one iota by Obama’s presidency but Fox News tells him that is has. Remember, HIS TERM IS TEMPORARY. If you are scheming for domination of the country, it’s the wrong office to do it in!

      People seem to forget one of the reasons Obama was elected is because he WASN’T a big business Washington insider.

      Obama scares him? What a pussy.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

        He gets to appoint Supreme Court justices who can, as he likes to say, “TRANSFORM” the country.

        • Dan

          You don’t think Rick Santorum wants to “transform” the country?

          W wanted to, and did, the same thing with his appointees.

          America is not based on religious doctrine like the Catholic Church or those Middle Eastern countries that have laws based on the Koran. I’m very glad for that. But there are people who want to treat our founding principles as if they WERE religious doctrine, which is something to ACTUALLY be scared of. That’s why we are allowed, and encouraged, to AMEND the constitution.

          Anyone scared of Barack Obama should just leap off a bridge now and save us their whining.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            He doesn’t want transform the country. Obama has said that the Bill of Rights is “flawed.” He doesn’t think the Constitution gives the government enough power. Santorum has never said anything close to that. His feelings on religion mean nothing if he believes in strict adherence to the Constitution.

          • Blasto

            Santorum will set back scientific research in this country much the same way that Dubya did. He will fight stem-cell research of any kind . Heck, why do you need actual science and research when you can pray problems away.?

          • DormontDirtBag

            Liberals lie about a lot of things, but the garbage they spew about stem cell research is pretty bad, even for them.

            First, all Bush did was refuse to use government money to fund this — private money was, is, and always will be unconstrained.

            Second, the hype about stem cells’ effectiveness as a cure for everything has always been a convenient but false knife with which to stab Bush.

            Lastly, Bush was right — new ways of producing stem cell lines were, as his scientific advisors predicted, right around the corner. Thus it was no longer necessary to use freshly aborted embryos.

            But why let all of this get in the way of the “Bush is an anti-scientific troglodyte” meme?

          • franji1

            “stem-cell research of any kind” get your facts straight. First, it was only against EMBRYONIC stem-cells (NOT of ANY kind). Second, W did NOT OUTLAW EMBRYONIC stem-cell research, JUST GOVERNMENT FUNDING of it.

            Then again, all you liberals think that ALL funding comes from GOVERNMENT (pay my gas, my mortgage, etc.). PRIVATE BUSINESS CAN FUND ALL THE EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH THEY WANT TO.

          • Dan

            Rick Santorum wants to tranform this country more than anyone.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            What transformations has he proposed?

      • Parker39

        Without 8 years of W, there is no Obama. Its that simple, I personally think W is a pretty good guy but he sure did screw up America six ways from Sunday.

    • bald guy

      Lou Pritchett and the people who think like he does scare me more than than anything else.

      • Ken

        What did Pritchett write that scares you?

        • bald guy

          Ken – Start with the first scare. Pritchett says he knows nothing about Obama. What cave has he been living in?

          If Pritchett knows nothing about Obama, than nothing else he says matters. By his own admission, he knows nothing about Obama. So, all of his fears amount to “fear of the unknown.”

          But then, Pritchett goes on to list specific fears he has based on things he says he knows about Obama.

          Pritchett sounds like a crazy idiot. That’s scary. Even scarier are the people who treat what he has to say as anything other than the rants of a fool.

          You can’t say you don’t know anything about someone and then list a bunch of things you don’t like about that person. What stupidity!

          • Parker39

            great point Bald Guy.

    • Chris

      It’s funny, half the things that scare this guy are things i like about Obama.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

        Not surprising. And scary.

        • bald guy

          I’m not afraid of people who hold different opinions than I do or about those beliefs themselves. I can think someone is wrong, without running around crying that the sky is falling.

          The outrageous fear of Obama is laughable. In 2008, gun advocates said Obama was going to take away their guns. The only gun legislation Obama has signed was to allow guns in national parks and on Amtrak trains.

          Fear, hate, and lies. That’s what the GOP has to offer.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Did you read OK’s quotes from Obama?

  • Meathead

    Obama is the best president since W.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      Can’t argue with that.

      • Richard

        I know you’re bumping this poll because Reagan tops the best presidents since WWII.

        But the polls, especially the best presidents in history poll further down the page, show how unbelievably stupid people are, and how people have no sense of history.

        Ronald Reagan ahead of George Washington? Come on. George W. Bush ahead of Teddy Roosevelt? Give me a break.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

          I post. You decide.

  • VinceL

    George Washington is the greatest president and the greatest American ever.He could have been president for life,but he walked away and went home to Mt Vernon.JFK should be graded as incomplete if anything.He handled the Cuban missile crisis well,but he wasn’t around long enough to accomplish much besides screwing as many women as possible.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      JFK is the most overrated president in history. Not bad. Not great. Just overrated.

      • colt

        Those who rate JFK among the greatest presidents ever only do so because we are told it over and over again. People always mention the Cuban Missle Crisis, but seldom mention the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

        I am not so sure that, if Nixson would have won in 60 (some say he actually did), that Mr. Nixon at that time would not have handled the Commie Russians and Cubans better than JFK. We will never know, of course, and few would agree that he would have. That is because, when speaking of Richard Nixson, we always read Watergate back into the discussion. But 1960-’63 was a different time, and Nixson was a different man in many respects. He was not afraid of the commies. Had the Bay of Pigs tragedy been a triumph instead, how different the world would be today. What would a young Dick Nixson have done?

        • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

          Chicago gangsters and politicians (same thing) stole the election for Kennedy.

          • Tim

            Kennedy would of won without carrying Illinois. No big deal.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            There was also massive voter fraud in Texas.

          • Chris

            If Nixon won in 60, the world would be a nuclear wasteland right now.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Nice theory.

          • Tim

            The gentleman Kennedy beat, Nixon, wasn’t exactly a patron saint of fair play himself.

        • Ken

          The image is that JFK stared down the Russians. In truth, he made concessions during the Cuban crisis to the Russians regarding missiles in Turkey that were completely unnecessary considering the position of strength relative to the USSR that the US enjoyed at that time. And removing the missiles from Turkey was the Russian’s goal all along.

          JFK may have turned out to be a great president. He was not great based on his actual short time in office.

          • Tim

            No big deal. The emergence of ICBM’s and nuclear submarines made missile bases in either Cuba or Turkey obsolete shortly thereafter.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            I was 14 years old during that crisis and it was a very big deal.

          • Tim

            I was referring to the removal of the missiles. Avoiding a nuclear exchange was much more important than us having a couple of missiles in Turkey.

          • Ken

            The USSR was in no position for a nuclear exchange. They would have been annihilated as they had nowhere near enough force to counter US forces. I don’t think the missiles in Cuba were even operational yet; they were being shipped. KGB documents revealed since show that they knew they couldn’t dare launch a strike against the US.

            Kennedy made concessions that he didn’t have to make, a point which as been pretty well covered up in the “Camelot” mythology.

            Your point about ICBMs is somewhat true. Remember in the 1980s the Russians howling about mid-range missiles being placed in Europe? That was a big part of Reagan’s Cold War strategy, facing them down on all fronts. And that was well into the ICBM age.

      • Mike V

        I know a liberal friend of mine who would completely agree.

      • Bobzilla

        JFK is so revered because he was gunned down in Dallas. That chaotic scene left an everlasting impression on an entire nation.

      • Parker39

        Death, especially a tragic one, does wonders to peoples memories.

      • franji1

        The more I hear JFK’s various speeches – the more I believe he was a very good President and leader. Most liberals would read JFK’s speeches as “right wing propaganda”.

        Ask NOT what your country can do for you, ask what YOU can do FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

        How many of the “99%-ers/Occupy ?” out there would agree 100% with that statement? 0%? (yeah, I’m into math)

        • Bobzilla

          JFK had a terrific speech writer. Big deal. The man was only in office TWO YEARS, which is hardly long enough to draw any conclusions..

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            He was a fraud.

  • Ken

    Jimmy Carter was far worse than GW Bush.

  • Mike from Monroeville

    This country owes Reagan a debt it can never repay.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      You’re right, the end of the Cold War.

    • Blasto

      Very true mike. The start off all of the trickle down nonsense that has driven this country into debt that will never be repaid. All of you deficit hawk GOP fans can thank St. Ronnie for starting it all.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

        It created the greatest peace time economc expansion in history. Dems were in charge of congress. He thought spending the USSR into oblivion was a good idea. It worked. He did such a bad job that he won re-election 49-1.

        • Blasto

          49-1 means nothing to me and should mean nothing to you. Brought to you by the same electorate that gave you 8 years of Dubya and 4 of Barack.

          • Chris

            Make the 8 of Barack

            is TOAST

      • Ken

        The percentage of debt under Reagan was nothing compared to what it is right now.

        And if you’ll recall, with the post-Cold War “peace dividend,” the ’90s tech bubble that drove the economy upward, and the republican control of the House for the first time in 50 years, that budget was balanced and that “debt that will never be repaid” was projected to be repaid. Recesssions and wars change things, as they always will, but Reagan won the Cold War.