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Who Makes the Cut for the Worst Presidents Ever?

Quasimojo Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 10:19 AM
I think hindsight will look at the Clinton, Bush, Obama trifecta as the infamous line of two-term failures, similar to the Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan line. (And yes, Clinton was a failure. His foreign policy failure was not killing bin Laden, and his domestic failure was causing the housing bubble. Both failures exploded at the bookends of Bush's two terms, and we all know the Constitutional nightmare that is Obama.)

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:...