Ask Bweinh! Poll — Worst Presidents Ever

March 8, 2007, 12:30 pm; posted by
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It’s a special bonus poll! This time, it’s the bottom of the barrel, the worst presidents ever, still brought to you by our friends at Midas.

Rank President Points
1. Bill Clinton 16
2. Warren Harding 10
3. Jimmy Carter 8
4. Lyndon Johnson 6
5-8 (tie) John F. Kennedy, Ulysses S. Grant, James Buchanan, William Henry Harrison 5
9. Richard Nixon 4
10-11 (tie) John Adams, Franklin Pierce 3
Other Andrew Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt, George Washington 1-2


7 Comments to “Ask Bweinh! Poll — Worst Presidents Ever”

  1. The Libertarian on March 9th, 2007 9:26 am

    this isn’t a partisan or anything.

  2. Steve on March 9th, 2007 12:00 pm

    Yeah, I’m not wild about the fact that Bill Clinton was #1. I didn’t even have him in my top 5. And I wish James Buchanan had picked up more votes. He was truly horrid.

  3. Job on March 9th, 2007 2:39 pm

    Yeah but for me to pretend to be able to contextualize the issues of the 1800’s into a form where I could truly say that I thought Buchanan was worse than Clinton would be silly.

    To NOT put him in your top five is trying too hard to try and not look spurious. He was weak and prone to polls. Aggressively immoral and legacy-minded. Clinton was awful. I offered up Pierce, the paltry pre-cursor to Buchanan, but only after admitting to my heart of hearts that Bubba was truly – within the American context I live in and subsequently know best – the worst of all 43.

  4. Steve on March 9th, 2007 5:38 pm

    The economy grew and welfare reform was instituted. If I judged presidents based solely on the respect they removed from the office, I would have led with Nixon and/or Clinton, but I chose to judge the men instead on the full impact of their presidencies. Turning a blind eye to the building storm of the Civil War, which led to countless unnecessary American deaths, is to me far worse historically than Clinton’s aggressive immorality and foundering mediocrity.

  5. Job on March 10th, 2007 1:24 pm

    That economy was a straw-man that turned to pure chaff pretty much right when W came to town and Welfare reform is good and all as long as it actually, uh, reforms something. Lastly, blind eyes to building storms is turning out to be one of Clinton’s most notable characteristics.

  6. Steve on March 10th, 2007 10:29 pm

    Truth. I don’t think he was alone in that though.

  7. Phil on February 12th, 2008 7:39 pm

    I would’ve gone with Johnson personally. I was surprised he was so low.

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