Opinion| Mike Hardman: Worst Presidents Ever
On Presidents Day, we usually recognized the accomplishments of the best of the best, Washington, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, Reagan often find their names somewhere on the list, but who are on the other list? These are my bottom five of the worst of the bunch.
For this exercise, our current President Donald Trump is off the list with an incomplete. In four years, we’ll see if he is on the list.
George W. Bush-5-Starting two undeclared wars that we are still fighting and paying for, get him a spot on the list. Leaving us with a mess economically is another reason for making the top five. History isn’t going to treat him well so he’s going to be tough to knock out.
Lyndon Johnson-4-After becoming president after John F. Kennedy was shot, Johnson took over in difficult times and as a skilled legislator, he tried to push his “Great Society Plan” forward. Instead, he was the leader during a period of unrest and increased the United States efforts in Vietnam.
Andrew Johnson 3-Like LBJ, Johnson was put into office when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and end up facing impeachment charges. When southerners wanted to return to slavery, Johnson took a pass on fighting them.
Herbert Hoover 2-He is responsible for The Great Depression, which almost ruined the United States and created devastating trade wars.
Richard Nixon 1-When you are forced to resign you move right to the bottom of the list. Although he escalated the Vietnam War, Nixon did develop relationships with China and Russia. Anytime though, you mention his name, you think Watergate and corruption at the highest levels.
In U.S. World Report, James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, John Tyler, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison and Warren Harding made their top list as the worst presidents.
Who is your best and worst President of the United States?
Editor's Note: Mike Hardman is the digital managing editor at WBSM. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.