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The Worst President in Modern Times

The worst President of modern times is easy to identity, describe, and demean. Yet there is more than one who fits the description. Can you guess who?

The worst President in modern history is very easy to describe.

1. He had no real political experience, aside from a marginal position of authority in a state which was not even his home state.

2. He was much better at organizing people to engage in public events than he was in pursuing real leadership.

3. A Harvard graduate, he had an uncanny disinterest in the opinions of others. He followed his own, often wrong, intuition.

4. He was a little kid playing in a big man's world. Critics have persuasively claimed that he wanted to avenge the wrongs done to his father.

5. He came into office and faced an unprecedented crisis. He received high approval ratings early in his Presidency, only to lose this standing as his policies failed to progress into success.

6. He spent money that we did not have to fight wars which we should not be fighting. He placed our troops in harm's way in countries where no one can hope for any success.

7. He expanded health care entitlements without a plan to pay for them.

8. He suspended the rules of the free market in order to save the free market.

I know the man you are all thinking of: George W. Bush. And your guess would be right on. But there is another "right answer": President Barack Obama. Aside from the differing party labels, President Obama is just George W. Bush with a different party label and darker skin.

He had no real political experience, aside from a marginal position of authority in the state, which was not even his home state.

George W. Bush served as the Governor of Texas, which because of the state constitution gives the chief executive a reduced role over a reduced legislature. Barack Obama served as a small-time Illinois state senator, then became a small-time US Senator.

He was much better at organizing people to engage in public events that he was in pursuing real leadership.

George W. Bush owned a sports team, the Texas Rangers. He should have stayed with sports. Barack Obama was a community organizer, yet his policies have left this country in disarray. He should have stayed in Chicago.

He had an uncanny disinterest in the opinions of others. He went with his own, often wrong, intuition.

A Harvard business graduate, President Bush often went with "his gut". President Obama, a Harvard trained Constitutional law professor, rarely debated issues or listened to colleagues in the faculty who shared differing opinions, so convinced was he of his own opinion.

He was a little kid playing in a big man's world. He was a chip off the old block, following in his father's footsteps.

In many ways, Georg W. Bush was following in "Daddy" Bush's footsteps. Critics attest that W. wanted to get rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein in order to finish the job started by "Operation Iraqi Freedom". President Obama grew up under the tutelage of "anti-colonial" elites. Similar critics attest that he wants to reduce the United States' stance in the world as vengeance for the "oppressed" third world.

He came into office and faced an unprecedented crisis. He received high approval ratings early in his Presidency, only to lose this standing as his policies failed to progress into success.

From the disputed election to 9-11, Bush overcame a lot early on. From the Housing Crisis to the debt crises, Obama faced unprecedented difficulties. Bush overreacted on combating terrorism by launching the "War on Terror". President Obama attempted to stifle the Housing and Debt crises with more spending, more regulations, and debt: all of which created the crises.

He spent money that we did not have to fight wars which we should not be fighting. He placed our troops in harm's way in countries where no one can hope for any success.

Iraq and Afghanistan: Bush brought the country in, and Obama has not brought us out.

He expanded health care entitlements without a plan to pay for them.

President Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress pushed the unfunded Medicare Part D expansion. President Obama pushed "ObamaCare", which the majority of voters in this country did not want.

He suspended the rules of the free market in order to save the free market.

The first sentence is Bush's, but the policies have continued under Obama. The TARP culture which started with Bush has continued with Obama, but instead of bailing out banks and businesses, Obama has bailed out Big Government and Big Labor.

Bush-Bashing is fun, easy, and inescapable in this country. Yet as much as people love to "Bash Bush", the same people who pride themselves on sending Obama to the White House should ask themselves:

"Why have I voted for a guy who is going to give me four more years of Bush?"

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Bob Frapples December 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It's always useful to debate these issues, but how exactly do the Affordable Care Act, EPA regulation of carbon emissions, significant financial reform, the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and so on represent more or less the same things George W. Bush did? You mentioned the Medicare Part D expansion, but this pales in comparison to the broad strokes painted by the ACA. I highly doubt that Bush would have nominated such liberal voices to the high court, and the term "Bush financial reform" is an oxymoron at best. There are always going to be similarities between presidents, as certain issues, e.g. national security, are non-partisan issues. To align GW Bush and Obama, however, seems quite weak to me.
Arthur Christopher Schaper December 12, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Bob: I judge by your comments that you find Obama to be worse than Bush. I am glad. I liked that Bush nominated conservatives to the court, and the tax cuts were the right thing to do. Congress should extend those cuts and make them permanent for the sake of our future. In effect, my goal with this post in part was to get people to stop parking at "Bush-Bash" and assess that Obama is a terrible President. Bill O'Reilly said it best:: "Bush is boring." McCain said it right in 2008, and Romney should have made the point strongly: " I am not President Bush." Your comment suggests that I have done my job. Thanks for writing.

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