Is G.W. Bush the worst president in American history?

I am looking for intelligent answers, please. I've done some reading and research for an essay I am writing on this subject and am looking for valid, supported opinions. Thank you!

Update:

Way to go on the thought out answers guys!

and no this isn't the cheese guy(?).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    He's a very strong candidate, all right.

    Others are his distant relative, Franklin Pierce, who was almost helplessly inept and divisive; Andrew Johnson, who spectacularly bungled the Reconstruction period; William H. Harrison, who caught a cold during his inauguration that he would die of thirty days later; Ulysses Grant, a great general but a useless President; Warren G. Harding, who went as far to admit that he wasn't fit for the office; and Richard M. Nixon, who was a corrupt, paranoid, self-serving control freak from the word go.

    However, for sheer arrogance, ignorance and incompetence, George W. Bush is a very strong contender. He inherited a massive budget surplus and enormous prosperity, his presidency witnessed the worst single terrorist attack in global history, and he still managed to approach the end of his two terms with an equally enormous budget deficit, a monstrously expensive and ill-conceived land war in Asia which had absolutely nothing to to do with the people who targeted the US in the first place, and spectacularly low approval ratings.

    Compared to him, Jimmy Carter is a Pericles. Carter at least managed to broker peace between Israel and Egypt. Bush has never managed to display the slightest glimmer of genuine interest in foreign politics, or in America's role in the world, except insofar as that role involved invasion, exploitation and military conquest. He is certainly one of the least intellectually curious and most narrow-minded presidents in American history, and at a time in world history when the role demanded historical knowledge and broad, informed vision, that ranks him low indeed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Depends , its very hard to answer the question , 1st because his Presidency is not over and 2nd based on the wars not being over . So you see any guess I give could be right or wrong , currently I would say no based on the country not in Martial law right now , which is what FDR would have done had he faced something like 911 - just look what he did to the Japanese .

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He certainly seems headed for the title of America's worst President. While all politicians lie he is a master. More than any and all of the presidents combined. He is incompetent like Grant, Carter, Buchanan. He is corrupt like Ben Harrison, Harding, and Nixon. He is arrogant like FDR, Pierce, and Wilson. He is greedy like Garfield and Arthur. All this rolled into one. That's our boy George W. Bush.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Many people thought Abraham Lincoln was the worst President in history at the time of his Presidency. Time has a way of setting things straight.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Absolutely.

    No other president would have sat paralyzed with fear and raw cowardice while surrendering US airspace to our enemies for over two hours while they were attacking us.

    No other president would start a war then stage a photo op where he pranced around in a little gay fly boy costume proclaiming said war to be over before the real fighting had even begun.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No that title belongs to William "Bill" Clinton.

    The title of BEST President belongs to George W. Bush!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —George W. Bush - Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

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  • 1 decade ago

    He is real close to your description. For more background--suggest that you read-"The Family" by Kitty Kelley.

    Source(s): "The Family" is a 634 page book about the Bush family and you can find his background that will help with your project.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It does seem that way at first glance from a liberal perspective,but when one cracks the light of right<I like that> on it then one understands he <bush > is a great president indeed. best president no,,,Reagan was the best,,,Bush is second best. you have a good day....freepress

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    maybe, his poll numbers have hit 24% so there's a good chance of worst performance ever

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