Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Mount Rushmore of Shame

The Worst Presidents of the Twentieth Century


7 comments:

Mister Parker said...

Now that's a race I'd pay to see. Carter and Hoover were one-termers, so we know they can't go the distance, Nixon would resign three-quarters of the way through and Wilson would have a stroke just before he reached the finish line. The outfield would be littered with the remains of giant foam-head presidents ...

Pandemonium ensues.

tomanonymous said...

So when did you throw Nixon under the bus? Or was he both hero and lousy prez to you the whole time, kind of like post-Imagine JL? ;-)

(No arguments about any of your choices, FWIW, although I could toss one for W, since he was president-elect in the waning days of the last year of the 20th century and his suckiness potential was arguably fully formed, and at least partially on display)

TourqueYMada said...

Or was he both hero and lousy prez to you the whole time, kind of like post-Imagine JL? ;-)

Thomas, you are a genius, sir. You understand perfectly.

Although, in truth, there is much of Imagine that I cannot abide, and there was much recorded after Imagine that I adore.

Carter and Hoover were one-termers, so we know they can't go the distance, Nixon would resign three-quarters of the way through and Wilson would have a stroke just before he reached the finish line.

You, sir, are an unqualified genius. . . .

Although there's much about Richard Nixon that I adore.

TourqueYMada said...

(No arguments about any of your choices, FWIW, although I could toss one for W, since he was president-elect in the waning days of the last year of the 20th century and his suckiness potential was arguably fully formed, and at least partially on display)

Not president for even a day in the twentieth century. He's the worst president of the twenty-first century, but that's not nearly as telling as it will be when people say it in 2108.

Tomanonymous said...

At least we hope he's the worst. I never thought anyone would be worse than Carter in my lifetime, but here we are. Perhaps if I had died in 2000, or at least early 2002, although the die was already cast, unbeknownst to us.

Carter has at least been an exemplary former president, IMO.

Mister Parker said...

Well, you know, coincidentally Herbert Hoover was also an exemplary ex-President.

On the other hand, Warren G. Harding, who died in office, just got stinkier as time went on. Much like his reputation. I think he might be in the running for one of the four worst presidents of the 20th century. Maybe he and Carter should run a play-in race ...

Anonymous said...

Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon made mistakes but have been maligned. I'd put Harding at the top of the list, followed by Carter, Hoover, and Clinton. It's impossible to rate presidents because it depends totally on your political views, but the aforementioned were archetypical "do nothing" presidents.