Grade the Bush years



“As far as history goes and all of these quotes about people trying to guess what the history of the Bush administration is going to be, you know, I take great comfort in knowing that they don’t know what they are talking about, because history takes a long time for us to reach.”— George W. Bush, Fox News Sunday, Feb10, 2008

Spoken like a clown … The NY Times a while back solicited reader opinion on the Bush years (see article below).  If the page is no longer active, feel free to post your opinion — your grade or personal story — of the Bush years here on this blog, instead. If the link is still active, please add yours; mine is #111 (see “Comment” below).

There are those who will likely compare him to Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Franklin Pierce, also former U.S. presidents whom some regard to be the worst of the presidential worst. Will Bush come in dead last?


While I have low admiration for Bush 43, my blog is not hostile to those who support the man. So don’t feel censored if you like him. Feel free to post your side of the story; I encourage you to do so.


… But if you support this catastrophic dumb-ass, you must know that you are dumber than he is!!!



The Bush Presidency: The Historians (Start to) Weigh In

By The NY Times Editorial Board


The nonprofit History News Network is reporting that in an informal survey of 109 historians, 98.2 percent considered President George W. Bush’s presidency to be a failure, while 1.8 percent called it a success.


On the question of whether he is the worst president in history, there was greater difference of opinion: 61 percent said he was, while others disagreed or are withholding their opinions. (The survey also made clear that James Buchanan has some work to do rehabilitating his whole catapulted-the-nation-into-Civil-War reputation.)


We take most unscientific surveys with a large grain of salt, and this certainly falls into that category. On the other hand, we like the idea of historians starting to think about the George W. Bush presidency, and how it fits into larger patterns of American history.


We’d be interested in knowing more about the 1.8 percent of historians who regard this presidency as a success.


Given the disastrous Iraq War, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, the economy hurtling toward recession, the huge budget deficits, the plummeting dollar — to name just a few problems — these historians sound a lot like the 20 percent of dentists who don’t recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum.


11 thoughts on “Grade the Bush years

  1. This is what I posted on the NY Times in response to the Editorial Board’s poll:

    #111. April 15th, 2008, 2:12 pm

    The Bush years will be known as the years when American reason was placed under siege. Intolerant, divisive, jingoistic, arrogant, mediocre, dishonest, embarassing — these are adjectives that we will no doubt see repeated over and over … and over by reasonable historians not driven by this rancid Right-wing ideology that has taken over this beautiful country.

    — Posted by R Bong Vergara

  2. Find below an excerpt of an article by Scott Horton (from Harper’s Magazine)

    “History News Network’s poll of 109 historians found that 61 percent of them rank Bush as “worst ever” among U.S. presidents. Bush’s key competition comes from Buchanan, apparently, and a further 2 percent of the sample puts Bush right behind Buchanan as runner-up for “worst ever.” 96 percent of the respondents place the Bush presidency in the bottom tier of American presidencies. And was his presidency (it’s a bit wishful to speak of his presidency in the past tense–after all there are several more months left to go) a success or failure? On that score the numbers are still more resounding: 98 percent label it a “failure.”

    Historians Rate George W. Bush a “Failure”
    This marks a dramatic deterioration for Bush. Previously he wasn’t viewed in the most positive terms, but there was a consensus that he wasn’t the “worst of the worst” either. That was in the spring of 2004. In the meantime, Bush has established himself as the torture president, the basis for his invasion of Iraq has been exposed as a fraud, the Iraq War itself has gone disastrously, the nation’s network of alliances has faded, and the economy has gone into a tailspin–not to mention the bungled handling of relief for victims of hurricane Katrina.”

    For a more indepth look, click this link for results of survey conducted with 109 historians on the Bush years

  3. My list from best to worst since my childhood:

    Ford – He wasn’t around enough to do any damage.
    Reagan – He did some good things, he did some bad things.
    Clinton – Same as Reagan only good things weren’t quite as good.
    Nixon – Took him a while, but got us out of VietNam. Watergate undid him.
    Bush 41 – Had children so his presidency would look better.
    Bush 43 – Has to do a few more bad things before being the worst.
    Carter – “Misery Index” and gas lines during his administration made what we are going through now look like a walk in the park.

  4. Why is the same president you say was hardly around your best?

    Re: Carter, did you hear about the foreign relations error he caused recently? Apparently he negotiated with Hamas despite advice from the State Dept not to do so.

    What a self-important prick …

    Despite this, Bush is still a bigger threat to world affairs than Carter will ever be because of one crucial thing: suspect intelligence. Bush is a chump.

    FYI — I campaigned nationwide for Gore; became independent with Kerry run.

  5. To answer your question, Ford wasn’t around long enough to mess anything up. He did a necessary, but unpopular thing in pardoning Nixon. It was necessary because we needed to start healing as a nation after VietNam and Watergate. And the healing is where I gave Ford the top honors.

  6. … Nah, dude. But I have nothing against it. It’s a question of equipment and time.

    I know you have one … What are the equipment requirements? What about it do you like the most?

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