Join the discussion: Is Obama really the worst president since WWII?

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  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    July 24, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    Does Obama ever speak of the U.S. or its people in a proud and loving way recounting our history and customs that have been built up from inception and of the blessings connected with a nation created from Christan concepts and aspirations?

    Has he ever said how he loves patriotic songs such as 'The Star Spangled Banner' or 'America the Beautiful?' No. He tells us he gets goose bumps when he hears the Muslim call to prayer (his words). That's the guy the American people put into our White House and are now having serious second thoughts. I hope we have learned our lesson.

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    Nobody was worse than Bush! You have to be kidding! Republicans want to say that Obama is the worst, that is far from the truth. They just won't give up and they do everything in their power to bring him down. What a joke!

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2014 2:11 a.m.

    Cougs, I was thinking about both Carter, and JFK to add to the list. The reason I didn't is because JFK's presidency was cut short and it is very hard to judge him because of that. But the question was dealing with failed presidencies. It is very hard to say that Kennedy's was a failed precidency because of a couple of missteps. He doesn't come anywhere near the presidents I listed. And in fact he shined very brightly at times. Just his, successful, push to put a man on the moon rises him head and shoulders above the ones I listed, and arguably above many others.

    Even though Carter is a favorite whipping boy of the conservatives, I very seldom hear them talk specifics. Mostly, I imagine, because most conservatives are horrendously lacking in a comprehensive understanding of history, relying instead on bumper sticker sloganeering.

    Nevertheless, I can see where people can see Carter's presidency as being less then steler. Myself though, I think he was handed a terrible hand, and I think he was prescient in his understanding of issues, and frankly I think he has got a bum rush.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 8, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    In your extensive search of history might I suggest using words like objective and unbiased analyses? Its quite humorous (if not naive) that you left Carter off your list of modern failed presidencies. You also left off JFK who while beloved was certainly a questionable leader at times with his mob intrigues and Bay of Pigs fiasco. When you only point to the other side as the only side of failure without once acknowledging failures from your side, your bias is no longer guarded and your credibility is forfeit.

    Lets not be naive and pretend that both sides don't lie, cheat, and swindle when it works in their favor. Promises made and broken are artifacts left on both sides of the aisle in America history. I can point to lies and mistakes made by Bush and I'm normally a conservative voter. Can you admit to some of the failures of our current presidency? If you can't than the discussion ends because meaningful debate can't occur with biased individuals.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 7:46 p.m.

    "ideology aside - name one president who has failed more than Barack. "

    Modern presidents, patriot? Reagan, Ford, Bush II, Nixon, Bush I. All had very failed Presidencies.

    Reagan tripled the national debt, and had a terrible economic policy, had numerous scandals.
    Ford had a very ineffective presidency.
    Bush II led the country into the worst economic crisis in a generation, numerous scandals, arguably a war criminal.
    Nixon had to resign in disgrace, terrible domestic policies, crazy policy on Vietnam.
    Bush I very ineffective presidency.

    "ideology aside - name one president involved with more scandals and lies than Barack. "

    Yes, ideology aside: just claiming that something is a scandal over and over and over again does not make it a scandal.

    One president with more lies and scandals? Really? Just one?

    You really need to learn some history.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 8, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    ideology aside - name one president who has failed more than Barack.

    ideology aside - name one president involved with more scandals and lies than Barack.

    Numbers don't lie and neither does the corruption and scandals.

    Yes Barack is THE worst ...perhaps ever.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Actually 2bits, I think marxist is correct on this, there is an element of racism involved in much of the hate of President Obama. No question of it. I've personally heard people refer to this president using racial slurs. Since this president came to power I have heard far more people use the n word, almost as though they think it is acceptable now. Also, while conservatives and republicans used fantasy, totally made up, alegations against President Clinton, as they use totally baseless lies as attacks against this president, as they will also against Hillary Clinton, they did not show the absolute disrespect against Bill Clinton as they do this president. When high level Republican politicians feel it is fine to stick their finger in this presidents face, or yell out that he is lying in the middle of a State of The Union, something more then political disagreement is going on. Even pledging that destruction of this president is the number one priority is different. Theirs is a visceral hate of this president that goes deeper then political disagreement.

    And besides, racists vote Republican. Who do you think the KKK votes for?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    July 7, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    Nice propaganda poll! At 54 years of age I have never been polled.

    George W. Bush will always be the most hated American President in the world.

    Nice try though.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 7, 2014 2:46 p.m.


    Re: "Frankly, much of the venom directed against Obama is racial"...

    How do you KNOW that? Just another assumption, or are there some facts you're statement is based on?


    Frankly... I think playing the race card any time somebody's not pleased as punch with Obama... is lame.

    Unless you can PROVE they don't like Obama because they are racists.... I say drop it.

    Nobody cares what color Obama's skin is (except maybe a few Obama fans).

  • YoungPuppy west Jordan, UT
    July 7, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    Ok I think it is interesting that since 1945 We have has 1 president officially impeached, out of only 2 in history. Also, one president resign in disgrace, the only time that has happened in our history. And Obama is the worst that we have had?

    Lets see the Dow got to under 7000 just after he took office it is now at all time highs of near 17000. All the jobs that were lost in the inherited Great Recession have come back. The yearly deficit has been cut in half from 1.4 Trillion in FY2009 to under 700 Billion in FY2013. The Affordable Care Act is actually costing less than initial projections showed.

    I am not saying that he is the greatest president since 1945 but if you look objectively I serious doubt that history will show him to be the worse. Do this poll again in 10 years and see if it is the same. It will probably show that President Clinton is the worst president after she is wrapping up her second term.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 7, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    "Is Obama really the worst president since WWII?"

    If the question was ‘who was the BEST President since WWII,’ the number of responses from readers might be half of what they are here. Ask who was the worst and we have a shouting match. Response to base instincts is more intense than response to elevated queries. News outlets know that and unfortunately many of them help perpetuate it.

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    More racial venom directed towards our President. More anti liberal comments from the usual free thinking conservative Utah crowd. Isn't it quite interesting how I seem to come across the same type of articles when I'm unfortunately visiting Texas and the South. Impressive journalistic integrity by The D.N. to run this story one day prior to July 4th. Happy birthday America!

  • Demiurge San Diego, CA
    July 5, 2014 5:00 p.m.

    Polls like this are meaningless given the right has assaulted Obama by any means possible from the day he was elected. The only platform for the Republicans has been "Get Obama". Even where continuing a Bush policy he is attacked. I wouldn't vote for a Republican ever at this point.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 5, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    Is there a liberal who praises Obama who would not tar and feather a conservative who did what Obama has done? So many liberals tell us that Bush caused the stock market to fail. They fail to remember that Democrats caused that crash during the last two years of Bush's terms in office. The most liberal of all the Senators was Barack Obama. If anyone is to blame for the crash, it is those who voted for those liberal programs. The liberals keep telling us how rotten Bush was, but they will not judge Obama with their own ruler.

    If Democrats used the same ruler, Obama would be judged as the least effective and the most corrupt President in U.S. history.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    July 5, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    I don't think so at all, but it has been fun watching heads explode from day 1. If you asked that question the day after he was elected president all these right wingers would have said the same thing.

    He has been fought against by the WORST people of the US in history.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    July 5, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    "Does having someone equate Denmark with the achievements and economic system of America even deserve a reply? "

    No because no one made that claim. You're just claiming they did to suit your scenario. It's called climbing the ladder of inference and it's a huge error in logic committed everyday on this thread by conservatives, and negates everything that follows that is dependent of the claim.

    "Surely there is a good argument whether Mr Obama is, or is not, the worst president ever. For argument sake we can all agree he is close."

    No we won't sir. In fact there is a good argument to make that history will treat Mr. Obama very kindly. He came into office with an economy in free fall, two disastrous wars, a budget deficit recommended by his predecessor of 1.2 trillion dollars, and the most inequitable health care system in the civilized world.

    When he leaves all of this will be fixed.

  • cris Hamilton, IL
    July 5, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    He is a president who thinks he is above the law. He acts like a kid having a tantrum when things don't go his way, and then he blames everyone for his actions because the kids(congress) doesn't want to play with him. He has no respect for the laws which are in place and even less for the constitution of the United States.
    I certainly don't have respect for this man who is president of our country that is falling apart at his hands.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    July 4, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    Does having someone equate Denmark with the achievements and economic system of America even deserve a reply? How someone could even suggest this is ludicrous beyond description. One might as well suggest that the ant hill outside your house is producing more energy than a nuclear power plant! As far as happiness! The most miserable people I know are mostly those without morals, which explains not only those in the U.S., but those in Denmark. Those who continue to bring up these Socialists countries as beacons of economic and moral superiority have spent too much time celebrating mediocrity as way of life to appreciate what being an American means!

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 4, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    To the poster above about big government. I agree it is generally problematic but your statement is dogmatic and demands rebuttal. They have big government say in Denmark. They have higher taxes and the government does more stuff. However, it seems to suit them. Danes are the happiest people in the world, have a high standard of living and seem to like their government.

    I guess big government brought our interstate system and NASA, which brought a lot forward including this Internet thing in which I can post all of this to people to read publicly. I'm not sure the private sector at that time in history stepped up to bring forth the achievements in the space race and the accompanying things that came from it from Tang to digital communications. I'm sure even Mike Richards can come on here and tell us trying to send men to the moon had no Constitutional basis for it. I also for one support the National Parks and Monument system, though it seems to drive Utahns nuts. But I love the natural beauty and the fact that our big government protects these places from misuse and natural resource exploitation.

  • rocco10 ashtabulao, OH
    July 4, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Surely there is a good argument whether Mr Obama is, or is not, the worst president ever. For argument sake we can all agree he is close. But after his term we will see if any or all of the mistakes of this administration are cover-ups or simply terrible administrative decisions. In either case, I believe that history books will write that this president was the worst ever. But for now the president and the democratic party can still put Bush at the top of the list. For a couple more years that is!

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 4, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    If President Obama had been a WASP, he might have been recognized as one, if not the one, of our greatest leaders.

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    July 4, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    I am not an Obama fan and did not vote for him but this poll is more of an indictment against the American electorate than Obama.

    It takes a serious amount of intentional misinformation on the part of conservatives to overlook the fact that, under Obama, corporate profits have hit and retain record highs, the DJIA hits record highs (over 17,000) at the moment, among many other good economic factors and yet they claim there was no recovery from the Great Recession (caused by Republicans).

    Clearly, a recovery occurred and if one is so inclined, one can easily find that nearly 100% of that recovery flowed up to the highest earning echelon of our society. In other words, a handful of people were the only beneficiaries of the recovery and their higher concentration of wealth is why the average American doesn't "feel" that we've returned to normal despite the fact that, in totality, we have.

    Intellectual honesty would require one to seek out the reasons why the recovery occurred in this way. And, intellectual honesty leads to only one culprit: Reagan. Ronald Reagan was the worst President this fine Nation has ever seen.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    July 4, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    Meanwhile, my local paper has an AP story today about how "a surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health."

    Oh, and the Dow has topped 17,000 for the first time ever.

    Keep trying to claim that Obama is the worst president ever, though. It's fun to watch you pout.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    July 4, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    Still waiting! Who can tell me with any degree of sobriety that bigger government, be it socialist, Communist, or capitalist, has ever lead to more freedom, happiness, or joy in its citizenry? Personally, I would much prefer chaos then tyrannical government and a populace that defies God! To see the wheels of government grinding slowly, and hopefully, to a halt couldn't be more pleasing to us loyalists who see the Tories making America into something it us not, a valueless, war mongering, and socialist death trap! I prefer looking out for my neighbor and family than putting someone else in chains, taking away his or her freedom and rights, and claiming it all for a more "just" society. Welcome to 1984! Don't expect me to kneel at your alter of Godless tyranny!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 4, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    Obama doesn't hold a candle to Nixon, Reagan, and Bush II. Not even close.

    Carter's real problem was simply that he was too honest and good a man to be a successful politician -- especially when he was up against a devious opponent like Reagan.

    Moral of story? Don't vote GOP

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    The question is one of soaring stupidity. Prompt action by Obama saved the United States from another Great Depression. Far from being the worst, Obama is one of the best.

    Frankly, much of the venom directed against Obama is racial - right here in Utah too.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 4, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    Extremely Tacky Deseret News --

    Printing another negative derogatory article toward the President of the UNITED States of America the day before we celebrate together as a Nation.


  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 4, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    So far he hasn't misrepresented the facts getting us into an unnecessary 2 trillion dollar war, costing thousands of service men and women their lives and physical and mental well being.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 4, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    Nice piece to run the day before the 4th of July Deseret News.
    Fanning the flames of division and hatred toward OUR President.

    Happy Birthday America!

    God Bless her from those trying to divide and destroy her!

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    July 4, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    Wow they lifted up the rock and let out the bugs with this one.
    -communist in socialist clothing
    -IRS scandal bigger than Watergate
    -double dip recession
    -first anti-American President

    Just take the numbers and tell me what Republican President wouldn't be nominated for Mt. Rushmore if they owned them. Unemployment cut in half, annual deficit cut by 2/3, stock market at record high for three years, annual GDP growth rate of 2-3% after inheriting an economy in free fall (not just a recession), got us out of two ten year long wars, got healthcare for 40 million new participants etc. etc. etc. (numbers either current or will be truth at end of term).

    All the nonsense at the beginning of my post is just frenetic reaction to above. If you can't beat him, demonize him.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    July 4, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    If you love government expansion, debt, negotiations with terrorists, giving 1500 missiles to Iran, and handouts for the rich, then Ronnie Reagan is your man!

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    July 4, 2014 7:14 a.m.

    History will judge the Obama presidency. Polls do not. These polls reflect the deep partisanship and anxieties of a populace that is truly low information.

    What is really incomprehensible is the claims that Obama is a socialist/communist/etc. I don't think that those making the claim would know such a person if he/she hit them in the face. Obama is only slightly left of center in governing. Any respectable analysis of the acts of his Presidency would reveal that. However, it behooves those who hate him to call him a communist/socialist/etc. It scares folks, and that is what they wish to do.

    The fact is the country is dominated by the right wing of the Tea Party/Republican party end of the spectrum. Nothing will ever get done in Congress unless this minority agrees. Witness Immigration Reform, which would pass the House if the Speaker would allow it a vote. However, a minority of the Tea Party/Republicans don't wish this legislation to pass, and invent excuses to not do their jobs.


  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    July 4, 2014 6:13 a.m.

    I think that Bush the Son was the worst president and Obama is the second worst. This is a hard question to decide. Bush the Son was worse on foreign affairs. Obama is worse on domestic and on respect for the Constitution. I rate foreign affairs higher because that is how we act to others who have no say about our leaders.

    The mistake we made with Bush Jr. was to pursue our foreign policy for our own short-term and political interests, rather than using our power for the greater good and fairness of the world. We defaulted on our leadership when we 'cashed-in' our influence in the aftermath of 911.

    A liberal (liberal in the true term) friend told me that the golden age of Greece ended when Athens began to pursue their own interests rather than looking out for the interests of the other Greek city-states.

    Obama is what we deserved.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    July 4, 2014 5:19 a.m.

    Yes, the worst, the least transparent, the biggest spy, the most hypocritical (credit card to China), the biggest spender, the worst liar (Bengahzi, IRS), has the largest double standard.

    By any standard applied to any other president by the media (especially considering GW Bush) he is the worst.

    But far worse than Obama has been the deafening silence of journalists. No more daily counts of deaths in our wars, no longer offended by public gafs, no more direct accountability to the president when a branch or department of government fails (FEMA), no hard questions... I guess it will take a GOP president to awaken the journalist, "committed to truth" .

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2014 1:11 a.m.

    Always the attacks against Obama, kid gloves for Republicans. I dare you to do this:

    "Join the Discussion: Was the Iraq invasion worth it?"

    I double dog dare you.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    July 3, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    No. He's the all time worst, EVER!

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    July 3, 2014 11:10 p.m.

    What is surprising is not the poll. It is the number of people who have just considered it! I am waiting for some stallworthy apologist, be it Republican or Democrat, who can tell me where bigger government lead to more bliss, freedom, and happiness of its citizens? It is truly stunning how many people will argue tit for tat as to which party they are certain has the answers! When will the light expose them to the truth that it has never happened! Of course, we are fed to believe, it will be different this time around. If I had a million dollars, I would challenge anyone to accept my challenge!

  • Michael O Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 10:50 p.m.

    Ronald Reagan. 1 - Instead of privatizing Social Security, Reagan raised taxes (ref. Greenspan Commission) 2 - Reagan negotiated with terrorists on a grand scale by sending arms to Iran in exchange for hostages. Say what you will about Carter, he did not give an inch to Iran. 3 - Reagan was in favor of amnesty. 4 - Reagan cut and ran from Lebanon.
    Facts are fun!

  • StocksOnTheRocks Lehi, UT
    July 3, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    since world war II,.??.................that's being kind............."Try ...."EVER"

  • JoeB1Kenobe alpine, UT
    July 3, 2014 10:11 p.m.

    He's driving the truck exactly where he intended to...Obaminal Farm. Unfortunately for Americans, he is a communist in socialist clothing.

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    July 3, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    Gary O

    Why is Reagan so bad for running up the debt like he did but Obama gets a pass on his massive debt increase? Can we blame Carter for Reagan running up the debt like the libs blame Bush?

    How can you blame Reagan's "policies" for causing future problems but we can't blame Clinton's "policies" for causing the recession of 2006? Or even worse, Carter's policies for causing the problems of the past 40 years.

    You "think" one sided, therefore you are one sided, with blinders on.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    The title of this article is the perfect exemplification of hyperbole. America felt the exact same way about Bush and we will feel the same way about the next president.

    But just to play the game here is the argument for Obama: He hasn't done anything crazy, we were able to get out of 2 wars, the economy is better now than when he took office and liberals hate him because he's too conservative and conservatives hate him because he's a democrat.

    The argument against Obama: Obama care did not go as planned and surprise surprise he hasn't been able to fulfill many of his promises. Environmentalists are pretty disappointed in him and he basically let all the big banks get away with just a warning for their role in the recession. He also has done virtually nothing to repeal the NSA spying on Americans.

    Conclusion: He's a moderate, he makes a lot of compromises and apparently everyone hates him for it.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:37 p.m.


    You said that Reagan's policies destroyed this country, but it took a while. You also say that Bush's policies destroyed this country, and that also took time.

    Since sometimes it takes more time than others to "destroy" the country, who are you to say that it was Reagan's or Bush's policies that destroyed the country? Since the time varies, couldn't it just as likely have been Carter's or Clinton's policies?

    One thing I do know for sure is that Obama is a liar. He has proven that. I remember during the elections reading a brochure he put out comparing his plans with Romney's plans. He said taxes would be lower with his plan than with Romney's plan and he cited Romney's plan as a source. I went to the source that he cited and found out he was bluffing (also known as lying in this case); taxes were lower in Romney's plans in pretty much every income bracket (there were one or two where they were the same, but Obama's plan NEVER had lower taxes than Romney's).

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    the very fact that we are even discussing this is evidence enough isn't it

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:32 p.m.


    The IRS scandal is MUCH bigger and more damanging to the country than Watergate. Also Nixon made great progess with China. Nixon was a crook but Obama is more of a crook and the number of scandals tell the story.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    FDR + Truman + Eisenhower + JFK + LBJ + Nixon + Ford + Carter + Reagan + Bush I , Clinton + Bush II

    Ok folks there they are. Let's set all ideology aside and just judge by the numbers.

    Obama has run up the most debt of any of the presidents by far (8 trillion himself)
    Obama has the highest percentage on Food Stamps
    Obama has presided over the first and ONLY credit down grade for the US
    Obama has managed to lose credibility and respect for the US overseas more so than any president. Probably equal only to Jimmy Carter
    Obama has presided over one of the longest recessions - now a double dip recession.
    Obama has been involved in THE most scandals surpassing Richard Nixon (Fast n Furious, Benghazi, IRS , Obamacare lies, VA hospitals, Spying on US citizens including the press. The IRS is potentially MUCH bigger and much more damanging that Watergate ever thought of being.

    These are simple facts not partisan finger pointing. The national polls show Obama with the
    lowest TRUST rating of ANY president surpassing even the last days of Bush II.

    Simply put - the man is an Everest sized nightmare for the nation.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    As one for voted for both Messrs. Romney and Obama (in separate years), the truth would say that on March 9, 2009 the stock market was at 6,500 (Dow Jones) and today it is 17,000, and probably headed to 20,000. So things are good. Correction, many things are great; the rich are being taxed more and the deficit is going down. However, there are many areas of concern, are nation is going more secular and that means the law suit will be the future of our nation. I am sad that so many in our nation choose to go to law school; it would be better to be a janitor or work minimum wage, or be a security officer than to go to most graduate school programs. A bachelors degree is all anyone needs, and then off to work with the common man, where the real joy is in life.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 3, 2014 8:20 p.m.

    Hey Mick -

    "What historians agree with your assessment of Reagan?"

    I don't know. What's it matter?

    The facts are out there for everyone to see . . . And maybe it's going to take a while for historians to catch up.

    I'm a big boy now. And I can think for myself.

    To paraphrase Descartes:

    I think.

    Therefore I am NOT a Republican.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    July 3, 2014 8:11 p.m.

    He is absolutely the worst! He is the only Anti-American president we have ever had.

  • Jvkswm Rochester, NY
    July 3, 2014 7:40 p.m.

    Hardly, he's. One of the best, Clinton was the best. The worse (in order) Reagan, Nixon, Bush jr and Bush senior. I imagine that Hillary will also be one of the best.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 3, 2014 6:33 p.m.

    As far as worst President in history, can we all please get some PERSPECTIVE?

    I'm mean if you're LDS, you have to love James Buchanan. But besides starting the Utah War, he absolutely sat there while the South seceded. He did absolutely nothing.

    Also in regards to history. There's Harding. Ulysses Grant, Andrew Johnson, Herbert Hoover to name just a few. Again, let us all take off our rose colored glasses and study history.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 3, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    I would have to throw in Carter as well. He was a honest man but he didn't project any leadership and our country suffered.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 3, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    I want to look at this objectively. I think President's Bush and Obama were very below average and this has created and maintained the mess or economic malaise we are in. Nixon was very bad and probably up there with those two.

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    July 3, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    Gary O

    What historians agree with your assessment of Reagan? Very few.

  • Jared from CT SOUTHBURY, CT
    July 3, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    You can measure how bad Obama is by looking at three things: (1) The weak (really non-existent) economic recovery, (2) His over-the-top partisan rhetoric and behavior, and (3) The numerous scandals that have occurred under his watch (Benghazi, IRS, AP, NSA, VA, Fast & Furious, Immigration, to name some of the most well-known from a much larger list).

    Worst president ever? In my considered opinion: Absolutely. From everything I know about Obama and what he's done since being elected, I am convinced that Obama's real intent is to destroy America. You may disagree, but I think that the hindsight of history (or the judgement bar hereafter) will validate my conclusion.

    And for those of you who still blame Bush (like Obama still does): Get real. Do your homework. Stop passing the buck to a man you didn't vote for, and giving a pass to the man you made the enormous error of voting for.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    July 3, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    What were the demographics of the poll?

    At what time of the day/night was the poll taken?

    Republicans have told Americans to never trust polls.


    Yet, this is a poll Republicans can get behind?


    By approving the results of this poll Republicans are saying...

    The worst POTUS since WWII beat the best the Republicans had to offer...twice.

    Low information Republican voters were unable to defeat the worst POTUS since WWII...twice.

    No wonder the Republican Party is trying to become the Conservative Party.

    If you have nothing else to offer voters, change the name of the Party.


  • Cactus Moroni, UT
    July 3, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    I think he is the worst since the Revolutionary War.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 3, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    No. George Walker Bush wins that category hands-down, followed not-so-closely by Jimmy Carter.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 3, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    Best since WWII: Eisenhower. Worst: George Bush Jr. Obama: Too soon to tell, but probably somewhere in the middle.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 3, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Ronald Reagan was the worst President sine Warren Harding. His policies left us devastation.

    It took a while, but yes, his policies left us devastation.

    He presided during a time when price of world oil was plummeting . . . Eventually down to less than 1/3 the price it had been during the Carter administration.

    Cheap energy stimulates the economy like nothing else.

    In spite of all that luck that fell into his lap, Reagan couldn't capitalize on it. He irresponsibly bought votes by lowering taxes, especially the highest tax bracket. As a result, revenue was much less than it otherwise would have been. And so he TRIPLED the debt, setting a precedent for raising the debt during peace time.

    The news media falsely attributed the rebounding economy to Reagan's policies, when in actuality the thriving economy was due to the reduction in energy prices.

    GW Bush copied Reagan's policies to a T. GW's policies were, in fact, Reagan's policies. And the results show that Reaganomics and Reaganism simply do not work, except in the very best of circumstances.

    This nation still suffers from the horrible legacy of the Reagan Era.

    Unfortunately, most Americans are very slow learners.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    When Obama's autobiography comes out after he leaves the White House, it's going to have the title: "I may be the worst President, but it was Bush's fault"

  • SLars Provo, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    I would put Nixon equal to Bush, with Obama on top. His dishonesty and Imperial rule is over the top.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Is this really the type of reading we should have on July 3rd? Can't we give the partisan attacks a rest for a few days dnews?

    These types of articles do nothing but spread hate and division. The opposite of what this weekend is supposed to be about.

  • Life101 Anywhere, CA
    July 3, 2014 3:19 p.m.


  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:18 p.m.


    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

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:14 p.m.

    Richard Nixon

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    July 3, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    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.

  • fani wj, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    "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.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    July 3, 2014 3:00 p.m.


  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    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.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 3, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    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.

  • D. Jeremy Spring, TX
    July 3, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 2:28 p.m.


    In fact, the worst President ever.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    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.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 3, 2014 1:32 p.m.


    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.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 3, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    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!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 3, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    July 3, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    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.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 3, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    " Is Obama the worst president since WWII?"

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

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 3, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Not even close.

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

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 3, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    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?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 3, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    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.