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Published: Thursday, July 3 2014 11:30 a.m. MDT

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

The Internet and Social Media have changed the evaluation process considerably.
Modern-day presidents can't sneeze without someone tweeting about it.
And the Internet keeps a faithful record of what was said.
That said, history will not be kind to Obama. He has been untruthful, partisan and stubborn. He claims good data (like improved unemployment numbers, a roaring DOW and high number of deportations) but behind the data there are serious problems.
The Recovery that Wasn't is the best way to describe it.

Salt Lake City, UT

Who's worse? The guy who drove the truck into the ditch or the guy who is taking longer than hoped for in getting the truck out of the ditch?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sounds like we have a trend going... they just keep getting worse and worse, and more out of touch with non-politician Americans each time.

I would hate to be the NEXT President (If the trend continues). On the positive side... there may be nowhere but up to go for the next President.

Personally I don't agree that he's the worst President since WWII. But my not agreeing with the poll doesn't mean it's wrong. The poll is what it is... whether I agree with it or not. I don't insist anybody adopt my way of looking at ANYTHING.


IMO President Carter was the worst in my lifetime. I think that was evidenced by the fact that he didn't get a second term (Obama did). And he suffered the worst loss in history (Reagan carried 44 States, Carter only 6, google "carter vs reagan 1980" and look at the map in wikipedia, Made Obama vs Romney look like a nail-bitter.


But whoever's next has a big job. Especially if he/she promise to end partisan Washington as usual, wipe out America's racial problems, close GITMO in weeks, and end the wars in months.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Not even close.

Apparently the dnews wants us all to forget Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and the Bush regimes.

Virginia Beach, VA

" Is Obama the worst president since WWII?"

No, but he's the worst President since GW Bush.

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Schnee" unfortunately he is trying to get the truck out of the ditch by pressing on the gas pedal with the truck in drive. He not only is going nowhere, but is making things worse as he goes.

Your guy has no idea how to get the truck out of the ditch and won't call for help from people that can get it out and going again. By the time Obama is done, the truck will be up to its axles in dirt, out of fuel, and have its bumper buried even deeper in the ditch.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Compare the economy, unemployment rate, consumer confidence, stock market, and health care system to what we had in the fall of 2008. Then, come talk to me about the "worst president since WWII."

Repubs don't seem to ever want to talk about that clown we had between 2000-08.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Is BO the worst?

yep, no question about it.

I think he's probably the worst in our history.

the length of our economic malaise

the excessive amounts of federal debt

the deepening of the partisan divide

the deterioration of the international situation - Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Afghanistan, etc. ad infinitum

ALL occuring under his mismanagement

are evidence he is the WORST!

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT


I know it probably SEEMS like Obama was the worst President since GW Bush. But that's in the bubble you live in. You need to get out of that bubble from time to time and check out the real world, and compare what you are thinking with what OTHER people are thinking. That's what polls like this are for.

It's hard to prove that Obama was better/more popular than GW Bush when Bush's highest approval rating was 90% (Sept 21, 2001), and Obama's highest rating (so far) has been 69 (Jan 22, 2009).

Google "United States presidential approval rating" (wikipedia) go to the "Historical comparison" section.

Bush had a higher high than Obama, but he also had a lower low. So it's hard to tell which one was least popular. Both graphs had a downhill trend.

Look at some of the other graphs. You will notice the downturns often correspond with election cycles... so evidently the media and political campaign tactics are pretty good at vilifying a sitting President, and making people dissatisfied with him.

Interesting... Almost all of them went out on a lower note than they started.

Salt Lake City, UT

No, that title should belong to Richard Nixon. Do you know the story behind the Watergate break-in? Nixon left an incriminating trail behind him everywhere he went. Howard Hughes personal effects were burgled which effects contained a lot of incriminating stuff on Nixon. He, Nixon, thought Larry O'Brian, then chair of the DNC had such stuff in his possession, hence the break-in. I guess one has to remember Watergate to appreciate how demented and sorry the Nixon mentality was.

Salt Lake City, UT

And as a close second I nominate JFK or George W Bush. Kennedy - the murder of Diem and the Vietnam aftermath - bad stuff. He set the trail into the disastrous Vietnam War.

Bush - the Iraq invasion - equally disastrous.

We will pay for both forever.

Salt Lake City, UT


In fact, the worst President ever.

D. Jeremy
Spring, TX

President will go down in history as one of the worst presidents this country has ever seen. Nixon's Watergate scandal pales in comparison to Obama's multitude of scandals (e.g., IRS targeting conservatives, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, the ridiculous Berghdahl exchange, covering up for Holder's perjury, the VA disaster, the border crisis, the Obamacare failure, using executive power to unconstitutionally bypass Congress, etc.).

At least when Nixon tried to use the IRS to punish his enemies, politicians on both sides of the aisle stood up against the tyrant. O has divided this country like never before and progressives will allow him to do anything. Utter failure.

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey 2bits -

" . . . compare what you are thinking with what OTHER people are thinking."

Well, as you demonstrated, popularity doesn't equate to being a good President

Your GW example was excellent. His popularity was at its highest even as he was planning the policies that would trash this nation and his popularity.

And Hitler polled even higher than GW Bush back in WWII Germany. Was he a good leader? . . . No, not really.

Sorry man, but my focus is not on the perceptions of other people. I prefer to deal with reality.

Besides, 33% think Obama is the worst President since 1945, and that means that 67% of Americans DON'T think Obama is the worst President since 1945.

Obama would still beat Romney if the election was held today.

Nobody who voted for Obama back then would vote for a Republican now. Why would they? Republicans have shown nothing but destructive behavior . . . And the nation had more than enough of that during the GW Bush administration.

Salt Lake City, UT

He is the most personable, well spoken and cool president in memory. He is also the most partisan, most rigidly committed to a far left ideology and least decisive on foreign affairs. The gestalt is that he is not an effective leader. Carter and Obama are great people and poor presidents. Nixon did many good things in office, opening China, Medicare, but had the most flawed character.

Woodland Hills, UT


wj, UT

"Is Obama really the worst president since WWII?" Absolutely he is he worse of all presidents. Is there any other president that came to office with zero experience?
He has no leadership skill beside reading the teleprompter. He demonize those he supposed to work with and waste a lot of time commenting on local stories such as beer summit, Trayvon Martin, etc.

Columbus, OH

What they fail to show in the poll is that since they started conducting it, a majority has always designated the current president as the worst--Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. Also, a majority, halfway through a poll, tend to think the guy who lost would have been better. Four years ago, people were saying McCain would have been better, four years prior, same was said about Kerry. In other words, Obama is trending quite average in this particular poll.

Here's the thing, people dog the president and look longingly at the other guy in the same way football fans always want the coach to put in the backup QB--he's the most popular guy, as the saying goes. That doesn't mean, in actual fact, that he is.

Salt Lake City, UT

Richard Nixon

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT


I HOPE history will at least wait for him to leave office before shinning on him. That's kinda how "history" works.

I know things often work backwards with Obama. He was nominated for the Nobel Piece Prize before he even became President (usually we wait and see what they do when they become President). Not him!


I had a lot of HOPE before he was elected too... But I have been disappointed with actual results.

My biggest disappointment was his pretense that he would be uniquely qualified to resolve America's race issues. What has he done? He hasn't even TRIED! It seems like every time he gets involved he WIDENS the gap!

The second was his promise to end Washington politics as usual. Again it seems like he didn't even try! (Granted Congress made it hard)

But The first thing a reconciler does is NOT locking the doors and change the keys on the chambers so Republicans can't be involved.

How does THAT sponsor bi-partisanship???

He promised to unite the people... but he consistently divides us, and pits us against each other.. for VOTES.

He's been very divisive

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