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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Worst President Ever?

Who is the worst American president - ever? I suppose it depends on who you talk with. When people blurt out the current president, it's perhaps showing a lack of historical perspective. There are conservatives who (surprise, surprise) considered Bill Clinton the worst president - ever. And, of course, there are liberals who consider George W. Bush the worst present - ever.

Most historians consider James Buchanan, Warren Harding, and Andrew Johnson our three worst presidents.

Franklin Pierce, Milard Filmore, and John Tyler generally make the list as well.

U.S. Grant left office a very popular two term president (hey, look at the back of a $50 bill). Today, historians often list him as one among the ten worst American presidents.

When he left office, Harry Truman had a lower approval rating (22%) than our current President. A half a century later, he's generally admired for his leadership and policies.

Fifty years from now historians, as well as our children or grandchildren, will have a historical perspective to debate the strengths and weaknesses of George W. Bush's presidency.

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." I Timothy 2:1

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