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Who Makes the Cut for the Worst Presidents Ever?

silentCalfan Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:00 AM
What makes a president great? I suggest building the country should be an important consideration. If so, then the three greatest were Washington, Jefferson, and Polk, because each one gave us about one-third of the country.
Walter1776 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:00 AM
Following the Constitution is the first step. Without that, a president cannot be great.

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:...