Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Worst President Ever

Sean Wilentz, Director of the American Studies program at Princeton, makes a compelling argument in Rolling Stone for why Bush may just be the worst president ever.
[N]early three-fourths of [historians polled] who gave Bush a negative rating -- reached back before Nixon to find a president they considered as miserable as Bush.

The presidents most commonly linked with Bush included Hoover, Andrew Johnson and Buchanan. Twelve percent of the historians polled -- nearly as many as those who rated Bush a success -- flatly called Bush the worst president in American history. And these figures were gathered before the debacles over Hurricane Katrina, Bush's role in the Valerie Plame leak affair and the deterioration of the situation in Iraq. Were the historians polled today, that figure would certainly be higher.

Even worse for the president, the general public, having once given Bush the highest approval ratings ever recorded, now appears to be coming around to the dismal view held by most historians.|Rolling Stone|

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