George W. Bush Ranked 39th, One of Five Worst Presidents in History

July 2, 2010

(ChattahBox)—There are many reasons to despise former President George W. Bush. Take your pick: he ran the U.S. economy into the ground, he was ushered into office enjoying a $237 billion surplus courtesy of Bill Clinton and and turned it into a $1.3 trillion deficit, he lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction to takes us into war and he supported a shameful policy of torturing detainees, tarnishing the image of our great country. But people’s memories are short. And right-wingers, constantly on the attack against President Obama have even suggested of late, that they miss George Bush. So, it’s nice to see in a neat little chart in black and white, courtesy of a survey of 238 presidential scholars, what we all know to be true: Ranked 39th, former President George W. Bush is one of the five worst presidents in history.

The Siena College Research Institute has been conducting its respected survey of U.S. presidents, since 1982. The group of presidential scholars rank our presidents on 20 factors, including “intelligence,” “foreign policy accomplishments,” “integrity” and even “luck.”

Bush ranked quite low overall, but he placed next to last on intelligence, foreign policy accomplishments, and handling of U.S. economy:

“George W. Bush, had entered the survey at 23rd when the study was last conducted one year into his first term. Today, just one year after leaving office, the former president has found himself in the bottom five at 39th rated especially poorly in handling the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments and intelligence.”

“Rounding out the bottom five are four presidents that have held that dubious distinction each time the survey has been conducted: Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin Pierce.”

President Obama fared well in the top 20, ranked at 15th:

“The current president, Barack Obama, while highly rated on imagination (6th), communication ability (7th) and intelligence (8th) scores poorly on background (family, education and experience) and enters the survey in the 15th position.”

Obama’s ranking outpaces conservative hero Ronald Reagan, whom “dropped two places from 16th overall in 2002 to 18th today.”

And Bill Clinton, “now nearly ten years removed from the White House, moved upwards in the rankings from 18th overall in 2002 to 13th today.”

The top five U.S. presidents are, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

The entire survey can be found here.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Bush, ranked 39th shakes hands with actor playing George Washington, ranked 4th.


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10 Responses to “George W. Bush Ranked 39th, One of Five Worst Presidents in History”

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  2. David on July 2nd, 2010 11:34 pm

    It wouldn’t have been people buying houses they couldn’t afford that ran the economy into the ground? He didn’t lie about Iraq having WMD, he was told by the CIA that they had them, other countries intelligence agencies supported the findings, and he was wrong about them, but that doesn’t mean he lied. There’s plenty of reason to criticize George W, but the ones mentioned are weak at best.

  3. David on July 2nd, 2010 11:34 pm

    It wouldn’t have been people buying houses they couldn’t afford that ran the economy into the ground? He didn’t lie about Iraq having WMD, he was told by the CIA that they had them, other countries intelligence agencies supported the findings, and he was wrong about them, but that doesn’t mean he lied. There’s plenty of reason to criticize George W, but the ones mentioned are weak at best.

  4. ObamaLies on July 3rd, 2010 1:14 pm

    History will put Bush in the top 20 and Obama in the bottom 10. Bush didn’t ruin the economy, social engineering did. Obama is damaging this economy far more than anyone has. obama is the dumbest president since Jimmy Carter.

  5. Morgan on July 3rd, 2010 3:33 pm

    History hasn’t been kind to Harding.

    I don’t expect it will be kind to George W. Bush either.

  6. Brian on July 5th, 2010 12:57 am

    The problem with history being kind to Bush is he left office with no positive accomplishments. Even if he put down the foundation for good things, people are going to attribute those things to the guy in office when they happen. People only remember what happens while a man is president and Bush presided over as many or more absolute disasters and failures than any other president. He did not have his way with history, history had it’s way with him.

  7. Betty Proffitt on July 5th, 2010 1:18 am

    At least he wasn’t on TV all the time. Speeches don’t cut it !

  8. Rob on July 5th, 2010 10:47 am

    Americans have not and will not ever forget Bush and his criminal presidency. Nor will we forget the criminal actions and behaviors of the republicans in Congress. This meme that somehow Obama is on his way down and republicans are on their way up is nothing more than republican propaganda. When November comes, Americans will not forget the republicans and the fact that since President Obama has been in office, the republicans have not accomplished a single thing. The party of No will be defeated once again.

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  10. Betty Proffitt on December 10th, 2010 4:58 pm

    George W. Bush was a great president and I surely miss him. His father was also
    a great president. They both had First Ladies who did excellent jobs of representing
    the United States. Need I say more?
    Betty Proffitt
    12-10-10

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