Do you reckon Obama will go down in history for being one of the greatest presidents ever?
He's managed to keep unemployment at 7% during the GREAT RECESSION and put loads of people on food stamps to help feed there families. Now he's talking about changing the constitution so he can ban guns which will save countless lives in the future even after this great man is out of power.
- Will PowersLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
There are only two other true contenders for the title of "worst president in U.S. history": Jimmy Carter and James Buchanan. Warren G. Harding's tenure was corrupt but not disastrous, and Andrew Johnson's presidency failed because of his Southern roots and wrongful adherence to extreme states rights concepts in the aftermath of the Civil War, not because his administration effectuated any grave damage to the nation. Only Buchanan matches the record of incompetence, failure and wrongheadedness pursued by Obama.
Take Jimmy Carter, for example. He was responsible for the fall of the Shah in Iran and the subsequent rise of the Ayatollahs. He emboldened the Soviets to invade Afghanistan. He oversaw the Three Mile Island incident and presided over a high unemployment rate of 7.1 percent and staggering inflation and interest rates, both of which topped 18 percent by early 1980. His presidency saw gas rationing and shortages, the surrender of the Panama Canal and the boycott of the 1980 Olympics. Pretty bad by any measure.
During his entire first term, Carter's record doesn't touch the Obama administration's record in its first year and a half. Obama has already tacitly OK'd the Iranian nuclear program and derided Israel's nuclear program. He has allowed Iranian protestors to be slaughtered in the streets without so much as a peep for days on end. Obama has allowed the Russians to sponsor an uprising in Kyrgyzstan that resulted in the removal of a U.S. airbase. He has lent legitimacy to an Islamist Turkish government and sold American debt to a communist Chinese government that supports North Korea. He has presided over the largest oil spill in world history in the Gulf of Mexico and spent his efforts blaming everyone but himself.
He's poised to raise our taxes at the end of the year. He's pushing for comprehensive "immigration reform" that will really act as an amnesty for illegal immigrants. He has denigrated Arizona before Mexico, bowed before the king of Saudi Arabia and the Chinese president and the Japanese emperor, hugged a Venezuelan quasi-dictator, and undermined a constitutional uprising in Honduras. He has pushed carbon taxes and gas taxes and estate taxes. He has propped up unfit mortgage borrowers and penalized those who pay their mortgage on time. He has bailed out his buddies in the banking industry and nationalized the auto and health industries for the benefit of his union friends.
He has insulted the Cambridge police and defended Muslim terrorists like Maj. Nidal Hassan. He has utilized advisers who are Marxists (former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones), anti-Semites (foreign policy adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, special adviser Samantha Power, National Security Adviser Adm. James Jones), racists (Attorney General Eric Holder), sycophantic pro-Islamists (Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan), kooks (Director of White House Office of Science and Technology John Holdren), perverts (Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings), and paid thugs (Rahm Emanuel).
When Obama took office, the national debt was just under $10 trillion. Now it is $16.5 trillion, and by 2015, it will be at least $20 trillion. Unemployment under Obama increased to 9.7 percent, up from 7.6 percent when Bush left office. The inflation rate has yet to explode, but most economists believe it will have to unless Obama drastically raises taxes, destroying the economy even further.
Carter can't touch this guy.
As for Buchanan, the man was a symptom of his times -- an active supporter of admitting Kansas to the Union as a slave state and of Chief Justice Roger Taney's execrable opinion in Dred Scott. He was also responsible for a near-war in Utah against the Mormons, inflation of the currency, and the abominable state of the Union's military position at the beginning of the Civil War.
It would be difficult for Obama to top this record of pure disgrace -- after all, he doesn't have to face down the internal specter of a looming war over a major moral issue like slavery, so his tenure can't be as cataclysmically destructive. But like Buchanan, he'll try to subvert American principles all the same.
In short, Obama may not be the worst president in American history. But he's easily the worst American president in modern history -- and we'll have to reassess the case in 8 years, because there's no sign Obama will change his ways.
- DavidLv 77 years ago
Barack Obama hasn't said a word about changing the Constitution to ban guns. Not a single word! Where are you getting your information?
All that he has suggested is closing the loopholes so every buyer must clear a background check and expanding the already existing list of prohibited weapons to include military grade ordinance and oversized ammunition clips. This in no way changes the Constitution.
The President has done fairly well in his first terms, dealing with a Congress full of extremists who were prepared to wreck the economy rather than see a Democrat get credit for any recovery. Even if he succeeds in his drive to restrain gun violence and achieves public health care and equal rights for gays and lesbians, however, he will not be in the top five in terms of great Presidents.
Washington literally led us through our birth struggles and made us a nation. Tough to top that.
Jefferson both continued that work and had the vision to acquire the Louisiana Purchase, without which we would not be a transcontinental nation.
Andrew Jackson led the struggle against the financial interests and established a tradition of individualism that survives to this day.
Lincoln held us together through civil war and left us a stronger democracy in the aftermath.
Theodore Roosevelt brought forward the issues of working Americans, took America onto the world stage as a force for peace and established our National Parks and resource reserves.
Franklin Roosevelt led us through the Hoover Depression and prepared us for the coming struggle for freedom while the Republican isolationists opposed his every move.
Dwight Eisenhower built the interstate system that our entire economy rests on, and left us with an infrastructure the envy of every nation on the planet, nurturing the development of the working middle class.
John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson together passed the civil rights legislation that guarantees true equality for every citizen.
I am now up to the point where we are too close to be truly objective in our judgement, but we have eight truly great Presidents on this list already. Barack Obama will have to be truly excellent to join these ranks, and let us hope he can. We all gain when the President achieves greatness.
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- Anonymous7 years ago
In his dreams...He is a good president. BUT I doubt the fact about the "greatest" president... Thought everything is possible. We'll see... But he is a pretty decent president. But not like "OMG". You get me right ?
- ReginaldLv 67 years ago
No, but he won't go down as the worst either.
- Anonymous7 years ago
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- MLv 77 years ago
he should... but the GOP make sure only bad presidents like bush I bush II and reagan are remembered
- Anonymous7 years ago
definetly he shall
- 7 years ago