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Who Makes the Cut for the Worst Presidents Ever?

silentCalfan Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:17 AM
Before Ike, Truman loaned the French $1.2 billion to finance their war. And before that Truman failed to heed MacArthur's advice to stop the French from reimposing colonial rule in Vietnam. Our venture in Vietnam was minor under Truman, a little worse under Ike and JFK, and a catastrophe under LBJ.

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:...