Published: Thursday, July 3 2014 11:30 a.m. MDT
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
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?
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
Not even close.Apparently the dnews wants us all to forget Nixon,
Carter, Reagan, and the Bush regimes.
" Is Obama the worst president since WWII?"No, but he's
the worst President since GW Bush.
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.
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.
Is BO the worst?yep, no question about it.I think
he's probably the worst in our history.the length of our
economic malaisethe excessive amounts of federal debtthe
deepening of the partisan dividethe deterioration of the
international situation - Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Afghanistan, etc. ad
infinitumALL occuring under his mismanagementare
evidence he is the WORST!
@GaryO,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.
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
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.
Yes. In fact, the worst President ever.
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.
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 PresidentYour 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.
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.
"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.
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.
@steamroller,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
DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.— About comments