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U.S. Presidents Who Were Much Worse Than Barack Obama, Part 1

Updated on June 8, 2015

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.

Where would you rank Barack Obama on the all-time list of U.S.presidents?

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      3 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt


      Jimmy Carter

      Were worse the Barack Obama but you wouldn't want to live on the difference

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      James Trentadue 

      3 years ago from Madison, WI.

      Unfortunately people hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest. Dems cant stand facts as it gets in the way of a divide and conquer world view. Rep are shaking in their boots right now as globalists have taken control of the media.


      Will we divided or can we put down our emotions to understand the truth.

      Black man stop your hatred.

      White man deal with truth.

      cant we ALL just get along?

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      3 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      The biggest mistake of the Gestapos of the Right Wing and GOP was stereotyping President Obama. Look at it for what it is. Did these white males and females of the right wing and the GOP actually think a man, who has had to buck all of those racial stereotypes, would not be intelligent enough to see what's coming before he becomes their target of hate and discrimination?

      This president has strategically subverted every known stereotype the bigots thought they could "use" to turn his presidency into a wasteland.

      This is what always happens when ignorant individuals assume they know so much more than those with true experience where it counts most.

      Some of the worst US presidents were Republicans. From Harding and his 5 mistresses right down to George W. Bush, who was seriously math and economics challenged thanks to an alcohol soaked brain, the GOP in the US knows their only option is to constant play dirt diggers to avoid the dirt blowing back on them.

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      James Trentadue 

      3 years ago from Madison, WI.

      If you don't like American exceptional ism then you might like this president.

      If you would rather be a citizen of the world, you might like this president.

      If you believe in the freedom of the U.S.Constitution you won't like this president.

      It's not that he is black it's just the Uncle Tom policies and blind following that brings slavery to all that i do not like.

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      3 years ago

      Obama is one of the best presidents we have ever had. If he had a congress that would work with him, instead of obstructing at every turn, we would be in unbelievable shape.

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      Pinin Farina 

      3 years ago

      The Right's problem with Obama is that he chose a black father.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      3 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Gregas, sadly, campaigns today are corporate business. We must take the blame for not rising up and demanding the end to so much privatization of government. When more than 50% of the government is in the hands of "for profit" profiteers, how much remains of government "of the people, for the people, by the people?"

      Now, with such mass unemployment in the US, you can see the real objective of CONservatives always was to run government like a corporation...complete with a CEO, executive board, back room meetings, backroom agendas and secrecy that prevents any citizen input...a clear violation of the Constitution and an abuse of power.

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      Greg Schweizer 

      3 years ago from Corona, California.

      In my opinion, there should be a limit to how much can be spent on presidential campaigns. That would keep the subjects on line with what was more important. Greg.

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      3 years ago

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      3 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      One of the most enlightening statements by a living President comes from the former President Carter in an interview in AARP magazine. When asked if he were younger if he would run for president in 2016, he said,"Today's candidates are too focused on raising campaign funds. It takes them nearly a half a billion to run for office. When that kind of money is at the basis of any political campaign, it's money spent more on tearing down the opposition, than on issues Americans care about most."

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      Howard Schneider 

      3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Great analysis, Steven. I look forward to Part 2. President Obama has hit rough patches but he is hardly one of our worst. Partisan politics drives down polls for current and recent leaders. History and time will prove his worth.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      3 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Anyone want to compare the antics of Bill Clinton to the womanizing Warren Harding who chased so many skirts in his presidency and was even blackmailed by one of them? His death has always been shrouded in mystery since he died on that train with only his wife present. She refused to allow an autopsy and immediately had him buried, creating the suspicion that she poisoned Harding. When she returned with his body to DC, she immediately burned all of Harding's private papers, further exacerbating the suspicions.

      As for Capitalism not being responsible for the Great Depression, that's one that is easy to debunk. From the 1880s through to the Crash of 1929, Robber Barons refused to adhere to Theodore Roosevelt's tough anti-trust laws, seeking one loophole after another to continue their mass over speculation and over valuation of stocks.

      It's hideous to say that the very wealthiest who jumped out of skyscrapers did so because the government drove them to it.

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      3 years ago

      The Great Depression was hardly a consequence of Capitalism, rather it was a direct consequence of Government policies, Smoot-Hawley and the responses to the resulting Stock Market Crash it percipitated. If that evil laissez faire attitude had continued, the Depression would have ended within 18 months and the economy rebound - economic down turns have a limited life when government doesn't take command. The Government deepens, broadens and aggravates economic problems for which the market place is far more nimble, quick, thorough and better informed.

      Centrally directed solutions to market problems are worthless, as the continued Obamapression attests. We are in multiple years of minuscule economic growth that amounts to little more than an inventory adjustment. Coolidge bears absolutely no responsibility for the aggregation of stupid decisions taken by those who gambled on margin in the stock market. As for Congress, they are the authors of bubbles - the housing bubbles(there have been many,) monetary bubbles(there have been many,) the student loan bubble, etc....

      Government has insufficient knowledge to make economic decisions, it makes political ones. There are 436 decision makers in Washington D.C. making hundreds of economic policies each year. There are tens of millions of participants in the market place making tens of billions of economic decisions everyday, from the tiniest price comparison at the local thrift store to the grand decisions of when, where and how much to pay for a house, car, wedding, funeral, surgery, etc....

      Coolidge understood that the best place for decisions to be taken was in board rooms or at kitchen tables or lunch counters or in check out lines - NOT IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS!!!

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      Steven Slivka 

      3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      The claim does not say that Coolidge was solely responsible for the Depression, but his "hands-off " laissez faire attitude was a serious contributor.

      He also ignored advice from Congress which in a nutshell told him that the bubble was eventually going to burst.

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      3 years ago

      Smoot-Hawley - Hoover's Progressive Policies - FDR's exacerbation of the Great Depression - You have a great deal to learn about US Economic History. Coolidge belongs near the best of Presidents, not the worst. You may have something on your glasses that if you wipe it off you will see more clearly.


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