President John F. Kennedy was considered a historian because of his book "Profiles in Courage," so he received periodic requests to rate the presidents, those lists that usually begin "1. Lincoln, 2. Washington ..."He goes on to quote an informal poll by the History News Network at George Mason University, which received responses on this question from 415 historians (which was, to be fair, admittedly only about one in three of the total queried, which does tend to push this a bit in the "everybody's got one" direction, despite the respondents actually like, you know, theoretically knowing what they're talking about).
But after he actually became president himself, he stopped filling them out.
"No one knows what it's like in this office," he said after being in the job.
[James Buchanan, widely regarded as the worst President ever] was the guy who in 1861 passed on the mess to the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln. Buchanan set the standard, a tough record to beat. But there are serious people who believe that George W. Bush will prove to do that, be worse than Buchanan. I have talked with three significant historians in the past few months who would not say it in public, but who are saying privately that Bush will be remembered as the worst of the presidents.
338 said they believed Bush was failing, while 77 said he was succeeding. Fifty said they thought he was the worst president ever. Worse than Buchanan.And, ominously, it wasn't a just bunch of raving liberals who downchecked the guy:
...it should be noted that some of the criticism about deficit spending and misuse of the military came from self-identified conservatives...It looks bad for the Man from Texas.
He is ignorantly hostile to science and technological progressIn his summation, Reeves admits that it's still too soon to decisively judge Bush Minor (after all, al Quaeda could pull off another big op in the USA and give him another opportunity to look like a Man Who Has Some Idea What He's Actually Doing), and the final word won't be in for years after he is (finally) gone.
Latter fifties, married, out of work (had knee surgery and haven't gotten back to work); my (step) son-in-law is back from Iraq, but a lot of boys are still over there. Support our troops -- throw the Republicans out!
Cost of the War in Iraq to Date
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