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U.S. Presidents Who Were Much Worse Than Barack Obama, Part 1
Barack Obama is arguably the most scrutinized president the U.S. has had in recent memory, and I'm not sure why.
In the eyes of conservative America, who is more crazy than conservative, Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to the country.
Fox News ran days-long coverage criticizing him for wearing a tan suit for crying out loud, and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said that Obamacare was the worst thing to hit the country since slavery.
Uh, drama much?
In the America we live in today, where partisanship is at an all-time high, it's easy to throw stones and say that someone is the worst we've ever seen because we disagree with his or her policies.
That doesn't mean it's true. Far from it, yet there are still those who agree wholeheartedly that Obama is the worst president we've ever had.
But when I ask them how that could possibly be, they have nothing to back it up.
Perhaps it's the Affordable Care Act he implemented which sky-rocketed insurance premiums for those with previous coverage. (By the way, thousands of Americans were dying every year because the old way was just too damn costly.)
Obama has his faults, and nobody is saying he's perfect, but the man has had absolutely zero help in Congress since the day he took office.
Even with the Congress' incompetence, the once-devastated housing market has bounced back tremendously, and unemployment is down to 5.4 percent as of April.
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has said multiple times that Obama is the worst president we've ever had.
But what would Dick Cheney know? He's old and senile, and perhaps he forgot to include the president he served under as part of that assertion.
You know, that guy who lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and sending the United States back decades by invading Iraq in 2003.
To say that Obama is the worst president in U.S. history is laughable. Actually, I challenge those who feel this way to get a cat scan, because something just isn't right with you.
Is Obama a saint? Of course not. Most historians have ranked him in the top half of all U.S. presidents, with some even putting him in the top 15.
Let's take a look at the first part of the 10 presidents who were much worse than our current Commander in Chief.
10. Calvin Coolidge
Silent Cal was president during the heart of the Roaring Twenties. A time when the free market was just that: free.
Actually, it was so free, that Wall Street did whatever the hell it wanted until it sank the country into the depths of the Great Depression.
The boom in America's economy during the 1920s was felt throughout, and Coolidge wanted nothing to slow it down, even if it meant putting regulations in place to help ensure that greedy people didn't screw everyone over.
Coolidge would be damned if you put a damper on his precious free-market system.
Well, Coolidge's "do-nothing" policy was good for a few years, but the Stock Market crashed just seven months after his presidency was over, sending the country into its worst economic crisis in history.
This is what happens when you let Wall Street do whatever the hell it pleases. Bad stuff happens, as was the case of the Great Depression.
Though the worst of it occurred under Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Coolidge definitely deserves a healthy portion of the blame.
9. Ulysses S. Grant
The "S" in Ulysses S. Grant's name doesn't actually stand for anything, but it could just as easily stand for "Scandal."
The Union's hero of the Civil War was president after the tumultuous Andrew Johnson, who tried to act as if the Civil War never happened with his abhorred attempts at Reconstruction that keep blacks enslaved and paved the way for Jim Crow.
Historians have labeled Grant as a well-intentioned man, though it looks as if he was extremely naïve. Events that happened under his watch, most notably the Whiskey Ring where more than 100 of his officials were convicted of bribing Internal Revenue officials to keep liquor taxes for themselves, put a deep scar on his presidency.
Though Grant was not personally involved in the Whiskey Ring, it doesn't look good that so many of those close to him were guilty of such despicable crimes.
8. Millard Fillmore
Despite being a native New Yorker, Millard Fillmore did nothing to stop slavery.
He backed the Compromise of 1850, including the Fugitive Slave Law, which required that all slaves who escaped to the North must be returned to their southern owners.
He saw the Compromise as a way to bring peace to the disgruntled South, but failed to see the moral consequences that came with the institution of slavery. His decision to back the Compromise may have postponed the Civil War for a decade, but his presidency did nothing to ease the tension.
7. John Tyler
John Tyler, the first president to take office after a death, alienated his entire party by the time he left office in 1845.
Tyler was a native Virginian, and as a Southerner, did nothing to abolish slavery. His pro-states rights beliefs led to increased tensions before the Civil War began, and by the time he died in 1862, he was a member of the Confederate House of Representatives.
While president, Tyler replaced nearly his entire Whig cabinet with Southern Conservatives, those who shared the same pro-slavery mentality that he did.
6. Herbert Hoover
Thanks to the complete absence of regulations left by his predecessor Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover will forever be the face of the Great Depression.
The Stock Market Crash of Oct. 29, 1929 occurred less than seven months after Hoover took office, and it would come to define his entire presidency.
It's unfair to say that Hoover was single-handedly responsible for the depression, though he did nothing to improve the situation. He kept a firm belief that while the general population struggled to find work, it was not the government's responsibility to help.
Instead, he preferred the volunteer route. Someone forgot to tell him that it would take much more than volunteering and good faith to help get 15 million people back to work.