Originally Posted by Direckshun
I think a case could be made for Bush being in the bottom five. Not a very good one -- we've had some atrocious Presidents -- but he's comfortably in my bottom 10, and it wouldn't take that much imagination to conceive of him as among the very worst.
When you factor in the Great Recession, which came very close to being a Great Depression, and two unwinnable wars we were embroiled in, once of which was in the historical Empire-killer of Afghanistan, the other was based on a false security threat, I think history will be very unkind to Bush II.
He is nowhere near the bottom 5. The mortgage crisis and middle east instability were brewing long before he went into office, and history will look very kindly at the way he handled 9/11. His cowboy attitude was actually just what the country needed at the time. I agree that he was not a good president. But you have to consider the competition for the bottom. But Harding, Buchanan, grant, Andrew Johnson, Fillmore, Buchanan, pierce, wh Harrison, Tyler, And Coolidge were more inept, and Nixon belongs on that list too even though he did a solid job outside of the scandal.