Monday, December 18, 2006

Color me NOT surprised

A new Gallup Poll was released last week that judged the last six presidents, and it shows that the majority of Americans believe that “President” George W. Bush (R-TX) will go down in history as the country's worst president.

Well duh… seriously, did we really need a poll to figure that out??

Simply put; Bush is the worst with 54% saying that history will show him to be a poor or below-average president. (It should be noted that last week Bush told friends of his that he expects to be better understood and appreciated after he is dead… take from that what you will…)

Presidential standing usually does improve over time. For example, former President Bill Clinton rebounded with 25% thinking he will be viewed as a poor leader, while 45% think he will be rated outstanding. Another President that has seen his ratings climb since leaving office is Jimmy Carter, with 38% now seeing him as an above average commander-in-chief.

But back to Dubya. The man from whose loins he was fruited, former President George H.W.Bush, will have a much better place in history per the poll, with 32% rating him into the elite class and 18% rating him poorly.

So his Dad, a one-termer, will be viewed as a better President… the man who decided to let Hussein stay in power… the man who lied to the masses (“No new taxes… psyche!”)… the man who unleashed Dan Quayle onto the electorate… the man who cried when speaking about his son Jeb… the man who hit the charity trail with former President Bill Clinton to raise money for Hurricane Katrina & Tsunami victims… he’s a better President…

That’s gotta hoit...

BTW, in the poll, former President Ronald Reagan (R-CA) topped the field of the last six Presidents, with 64% believing that he will have an outstanding or above-average place in history.

So it’s easy to say that Dubya is the worst in the last six Presidents, but how about if we open it up to ALL presidents… where do you think Dubya would stand?
In other words, who has been the worst president ever?

Was it James “No relation whatsoever to Pat” Buchanan? The man that was confronted with Southern secession in 1860, dithered to a degree that amounted to disloyalty - and who handed his successor, Abraham Lincoln, a nation already torn apart?

How about Andrew “Not Jackson” Johnson? The Prez who sided with former Confederates and undermined Reconstruction?

Or Warren “No relation to Tanya” Harding, whose administration was famously, and fabulously, corrupt?

What about Herbert “Not the Hoover that wore dresses” Hoover? The man who tried a few reforms but remained imprisoned in his own outmoded individualistic ethics and then collapsed under the weight of the stock-market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Depression.

Then there’s always Tricky Dick, Richard Nixon, the only American president to resign from office.

That’s some pretty still competition mind you, but I think Dubya can pull it off.

But this is neither here nor there yet, this is, at this time, all conjecture and hearsay and supposition as only time will truly tell what Dubya’s legacy will be…

Personally, I think it will be even lower than what this poll said, but then again, I have a brain.

Take it as you will…

No comments: