رئيس أمريكي على الإطلاق (إنجليزي)
نيكولاس فون هوفمان
نايشن - 9/2/2007
Worst President Ever
A question that seems to be on everybody's mind these days turns out to be:
Is George Bush the worst President in American history?
But how do you judge? Is he the most morally disgusting? The worst mangler
of the English language? Ever since the atom bomb was
dropped, we've had a whole string of bozos who cannot
pronounce the word "nuclear." How much should
that count against them?
Tyler, our tenth President, a candidate for
worst President? Some people who have never heard of
this guy have heard of the campaign slogan "Tippecanoe
and Tyler Too." Well,
Is the most forgettable also the worst? Men like Millard
Pierce and Benjamin
The consequences of Buchanan's political poltroonery were long-lasting and
dire, as contrasted with those of Warren
Harding. Harding (No. 29) has won many Worst
President contests because he had three or four truly
stinky crooks in his administration to go along with an
otherwise outstanding Cabinet. He was a slob with a
drinking problem, and he was also afflicted with Bill
Clinton's zipper disease. Since booze was illegal when
he was President (1921-23), getting smashed in the White
House made him a not-so-great role model--not that much
of the country was paying attention since all the other
There is a great story about Harding in the closet making boom-boom with his
girlfriend, and of his wife being restrained by the
Secret Service guys from rushing in and exposing the
President in the flagrantest of delictos. But worst
President? Not so much.
Others proposed for the worst list include Herbert Hoover, James Madison,
Ulysses Grant and Richard Nixon.
Democratic propaganda to the contrary, did not cause the
Great Depression nor was he indifferent to his people's
sufferings. A brilliant, decent man, he was absolutely
the unluckiest President.
the fourth President, justly called the Father of the
Constitution, fits anyone's description of a great man,
but he loused up the presidency by going to war against
was too noble a man to be the worst anything. He had
some crooks in his administration, but, like Harding, he
had nothing to do with their corruption. On the plus
side, he was the last President until Lyndon
Johnson who would go to bat for black people.
As for Nixon,
it's still too early to tell. Too many people still
living hate him or love him. The decision on that
strange, baggy-faced man belongs to Gen X and beyond.
Which brings us to Bush
II. It's also too early to tell, but if first
signs mean anything, he has got a lot to answer for. We
know he is responsible for the death of a lot of people
who never hurt him or us. We wonder if he has so
disturbed the entire
One of the criteria for being worst is how much lasting damage the President
did. Buchanan, for instance, did more than words can
convey. With Bush II the reckoning is yet to be made.
من حق الزائر الكريم أن ينقل وأن ينشر كل ما يعجبه من موقعنا . معزواً إلينا ، أو غير معزو .ـ