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Who Makes the Cut for the Worst Presidents Ever?

Kenneth L. Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 9:44 AM
I realize that the "column"-size format doesn't permit much detail. Nevertheless, I'm puzzled by Medved's choices. It obviously depends what yardstick one uses to measure success, and Medved seems to put undue weight on political success. By focusing on political success he creates a bias toward getting reelected and (perhaps worse) "getting things done." We need to stop the government from consuming our country and leaving it so weak it can't recover in 100 years, if ever. Obama is hell-bent on pursuing this destructive government strategy, so I vote for him as worst since FDR, and among the all-time worst.

As President Obama prepares his State of the Union Address and the nation looks forward to a Presidents Day holiday, Americans should consider the warning examples of our worst chief executives.

While few of Washington and Lincoln's successors could hope to replicate their epic achievements, every president can — and must — focus on avoiding the appalling ineptitude of John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and their feckless fellow travelers on the road to presidential perdition. The common elements that link our least successful leaders teach historical lessons at least as important as the shared traits of the Rushmore Four:...