- “I have never been in the presence of a duller wit or more empty intellect,”
- -Yoshi Tsurumi, George W. Bush's Harvard MBA instructor
(*as reported by Doug Thompson of Capitol Hill Blue magazine)
“For the record, I plan on voting for Obama if or when he runs.”
-Mindarea, Nov 30 2006 (Obama officially announces his candidacy 3 months later on 2/10/07)
"For the record, if Obama extends tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, in a time of severe economic distress and when we're engaged in multiple military conflicts, I will support a democratic challenger or 3rd party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. He will not receive my vote for office."
- Mindarea Nov 22, 2010
"I'm going to kick his sorry motherfucking ass all over the Mideast."
- George W Bush, May 1, 2002
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,"
-2002 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter, May, 2007. (Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo confirmed his comments to The Associated Press, Carter later refines his statement to include only foreign policy.)
"...if President Bush is totally unapologetic and says I continue to maintain that as a war-time President I can do anything I want – I don’t need to consult any other branches – that is an impeachable offense."
-Bruce Fein, constitutional scholar, former deputy attorney general in the Reagan Administration.
"I think if we’re going to be intellectually honest here, this [domestic spying] really is the kind of thing that Alexander Hamilton was referring to when impeachment was discussed."
-Norm Ornstein, resident scholar, AEI, a conservative think-tank.
"Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties -- James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Herbert Hoover and now Bush -- have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off."
-Sean Wilentz, professor of history at Princeton University
“Not only has Bush cracked that list, [Worst President Ever], but he is planted firmly at the top.”
-Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today.
"I think this is the worst government the US has ever had in its more than 200 years of history.”
-George A. Akerlof, Nobel Prize laureate for Economics.
"I think there is no alternative but to rank him as the worst president in U.S. history."
-Eric Foner,Columbia University, considered the world's foremost authority of American history post-Civil War Reconstruction (1865-1877).
"the selling of the war is arguably the worst scandal in American political history."
- Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, NY Times columnist.
The worst president in living memory.
- Richard Dawkins, world renowned evolutionary biologist.
"George W. Bush is quite likely the worst president in the 200-year history of the United States. "
- Huck Gutman, Professor of English at the University of Vermont.
“The greatest irony of the Bush Administration is that his legacy will be to show the dangers of walking away from those rights that define us.”
-Jonathan Turley, professor of law, George Washington University Law School, holds the Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law.
“I think it is safe to say that George W. Bush will go into the history books as the worst President in American history.”
-Gary North, Ph.D. American history.
"there's no doubt he has been an unmitigated disaster."
-Thomas Walkom, PhD in economics, winner of two national newspaper awards.
"I see the administration of the second Bush as clearly the worst in our history." "...while this nation has had at least its share of failed presidencies, no previous presidency was as large a failure in so many areas as the current one."
- Robert S. McElvaine, Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters and Chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he has taught for thirty years.
"Yes, Bush's policies failed utterly," "Utter failure. Failure of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, including fighting terrorism and economic policy."
- Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, former Iraqi leader appointed by US
“There has been a glaring and unfortunate display of incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders,” "America is living a nightmare with no end in sight.”
-Gen. Ricardo Sanchez,former top U.S. commander in Iraq, June 2003 to July 2004.
"probably the worst president in the history of the United States"
-Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, world renowned entomologist.
"I think George Bush is the most incompetent president we've had in our lifetime."
-Howard dean, former Vermont governor, 2004 presidential candidate, Democratic National Committee Chairman.
"The emperor has no clothes," "Bush is an incompetent leader. In fact, he's not a leader,” “He's a person who has no judgment, no experience and no knowledge of the subjects that he has to decide upon.''
-Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
“The American people already know that President Bush is the worst president we have ever had.”
-Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Nevada.
"...the Bush administration is the most fiscally irresponsible administration in American history."
- Representative Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader
"But Bush is not merely the worst president in recent memory. He's the worst in all US history. And he's won the distinction not on a weakness or two, but in at least nine separate categories, giving him a triple trifecta."
- Harvey Wasserman, noted journalist, author, investigative reporter, senior advisor to Greenpeace, senior editor of The Columbus Free Press.
"one of “America’s worst presidencies.”
-Madeline Albright, former US Secretary of State.
"Citizens, lawyers and constitutional scholars of all political stripes have reason to be concerned about President Bush's use of 'signing statements,' which assert his right to ignore a law and threaten the central tenet of America's system of constrained government." "The concentration of power in the hands of a single chief executive, whether President or King, is an outcome neither the left or right should welcome."
-Mickey Edwards, Republican Congressman 16 years, senior House Republican leader, 1 of 3 founding trustees Heritage Foundation, national chairman American Conservative Union, 5 years chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, director Ronald Regan congressional policy task force's 1980 Presidential campaign.
“Any president who says, I don’t care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don’t care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed — if a president really believes that, then there are — what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that,” “This is not a monarchy, There are ways to deal with it. And I would hope the president understands that.”
-Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator, Nebraska. (advocating impeachment as warranted, necessary.)
“Our civil liberties, including our precious right to privacy, which to me is the most fundamental of all of them, are disappearing before our very eyes...” “The FISA issue to me, Foreign Intelligencer Surveillance Act, which this administration has deliberately ignored and flouted, to me is among the most serious, potential grounds for an impeachment.”
-Bob Barr, Republican, House of Representatives, Georgia. Led the republican impeachment of President Clinton.
"I would have trouble arguing that he's been a constitutional president, and once you violate the Constitution and be proven to do that, I think these people should be removed from office."
-Ron Paul, Republican Congressman, Texas
"he'll rankright up there with McKinley and Harding and several others."
-Mike Huckabee, Republican, Governor of Arkansas, Baptist minister, presidential candidate. (Comparing Bush to America's worst presidents: McKinley lied America into war, Harding was one of the most corrupt administrations to ever occupy the White House.)
"We are a country that overwhelmingly believes that the president is untrustworthy, that he lacks judgment that he deliberately deceived the country into the invasion of Iraq and that really has lost faith almost entirely in George Bush as a person and in his presidency." "...it is now the case that George Bush is far and away, the most unpopular president in modern American history."
-Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional Lawyer, contributing writer for the American Conservative and Salon Magazine, and authored A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency.
"He goes from lame duck to lame brain. This presidency is going to achieve nothing. ... There's nothing left that he can accomplish domestically, the war is a mess, and Karl is radioactive."
-James Moore, author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
"...he has done more to undermine law and order than any president in my 33 years in government"
-Patrick Leahy, Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I predict to you that this administration will go down in history as one of the worst that has ever governed our country,"
-Hillary Clinton,New York Democratic Senator, presidential candidate.
"...an administration that is responsible for some of the worst misconduct and the worst abuses of the law in American history.”
-Russ Feingold,Wisconsin Democratic Senator.
"...worst president in the modern history of America," "History will record him as one of the worst presidentswe've ever had."
-Bernie Sanders,Independent Senator, Vermont
"This president is a miserable failure...""I've served with five presidents and he is by far the worst."
-Richard Gephardt, Missouri Representative
“Obviously this president is a disaster.”
-Barack Obama, Democratic Senator
Illinois, 2008 President Elect
“This guy is brain dead,”
-Joseph Biden, Senator, Delaware Democrat, 2008 Vice President Elect
"I believe, the whole administration including the president - has been totally inept,”
-Gary Ackerman, Congressman US House of Representatives
"Bush an unprincipled spendthrift"
“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,”
-Alan Greenspan, appointed Ronald Reagan, former chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Board, which oversees the Federal Reserve Bank
"This is the worst president ever. He is the worst president in all of American history"
-Helen Thomas, senior member of the White House Press Corps, covered every president since John F. Kennedy.
"One of the worst presidents in history."
-Maureen Dowd,Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist.
"Worst presidency in 50 years, if not in the entire republic."
-Rachel Maddow, PhD political science, Rhodes scholar, popular radio and TV commentator of The Rachel Maddow Show
"Worst president of all the presidents"
-Bill Press,author, Fox News political commentator, chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.
"He is arguably the worst president in the history of the United States. He is unfit for the office of president of the United States."
-Frank Schaeffer, author and film director, son of one of the founders of fundamentalist Christianity Francis Schaeffer.
"Not Only the Worst President, but the Worst Possible President."
-Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning author.
"...right down there with Richard Nixon" "potentially the most corrupt, unethical and undemocratic White House in history.."
-John Dean,White House Counsel during the Nixon Administration, author, columnist, political commentator.
"I think Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States"
-Donald Trump,CEO, real estate developer, entrepreneur, television personality, author.
"the worst, most serious foreign policy mistakes in the entire history of our nation."-Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States
"George W. Bush has by all odds been by far the worst president for the environment in the entire history of the United States of America -- bar none"
-Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States
"George Bush is the most horrendous president in American history."
"The Bush administration is systematically turning back 30 years of environmental progress," "You really have to go back to the McKinley administration in the late 19th century to find so many gratuitous giveaways to special interests looking to exploit our air, water, and natural areas."
-Carl Pope, Sierra Club executive director.
"a smorgasbord of 'suck.' He combines the corruption of Warren G. Harding, the war-mongering of James Polk, and the abuse of power of Richard Nixon.”
-Bill Maher, comedian, actor, writer, producer, host of the late-night television talk show Politically Incorrect.
“He's intellectually shallow, one of the most incurious public figures I've ever met.”
-longtime close personal aid. A close Bush personal assistant, (as reported by Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, Scarborough Country)
"A shallow, arrogant, gun-loving, abortion-hating, Christian fundamentalist Texan buffoon."
-A senior Bush administration official, relates the prevailing European perception of president Bush, as reported by the New York Times.
"Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
-Natalie Maines, The Dixie Chicks, American Music Award, Billboard Music Award,
Grammy, Juno, Country Music Assoc, MTV's 'Rock The Vote', and People's Choice award winning musicians.
"The Dixie Chicks said they were embarrassed he was from Texas. I'm embarrassed George Bush is from the United States."
-Linda Ronstadt, Grammy, Emmy award winning musician.
"George W. Bush is fully living up to my expectation that he would become the worst U.S. President since Herbert Hoover."
- Anatole Kaletsky, UK journalist, economist, Principal Economic Commentator and Associate Editor of The Times of London,
"the worst foreign policy decision in 50 years"
- Nicholas Clegg, British Member of Parliament, Leader of Liberal Democrats
"Bush is a moron"
-Francie Ducros, aide to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
"Bush himself is the most incompetent and dangerous President in living memory."
- Mark Latham, leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party.
"logically unsound,confused and unprincipled, unwise to the extreme"
-Chinese president Jiang Zemin, comments made of Bush at a high level political function, as reported by CNN
"He is a political imbecile bereft of even elementary morality as a human being..."
-North Korean Foreign Ministry Spokesmen.
"I think George Bush is the most corrupt American president since Harding in the Twenties."
"More than half of all Australians believe George W. Bush is the worst president in American history,"
A Siena College Research Institute's recent survey of 238 presidential
scholars places president George W. Bush among the bottom five of the worst presidents in US history.
Bush disapproval rating is the worst of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallop Poll:
Bush's disapproval rating worst of any president in 70 years
President Bush has set a record he'd presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.
"A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush his handling his job as president.
"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."
A Pew Research Center survey reveals the single word most people associate with George W. Bush is "Incompetent".
A public opinion poll from the American Research Group recently reported that more than four in ten Americans — 45% — favor impeachment hearings for President Bush and more than half — 54% — favored impeachment for Vice President Cheney.
In May, 2006 a nation-wide survey of 1,534 registered American voters by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut ranked George W. Bush the worst president of the last 61 years.
In early 2004, an informal survey of 415 historians conducted by the nonpartisan History News Network found that eighty-one percent considered the Bush administration a"failure."Rolling Stone Magazine
Some historians comment on the survey:
- “Bush is horrendous; there is no comparison with previous presidents (in the survey), most of whom have been bad.”
- “He is blatantly a puppet for corporate interests, who care only about their own greed and have no sense of civic responsibility or community service. He lies, constantly and often, seemingly without control, and he lied about his invasion into a sovereign country, again for corporate interests; many people have died and been maimed, and that has been lied about too. He grandstands and mugs in a shameful manner, befitting a snake oil salesman, not a statesman. He does not think, process, or speak well, and is emotionally immature due to, among other things, his lack of recovery from substance abuse. The term is "dry drunk". He is an abject embarrassment/pariah overseas; the rest of the world hates him . . . . . He is, by far, the most irresponsible, unethical, inexcusable occupant of our formerly highest office in the land that there has ever been.”
- “George W. Bush's presidency is the pernicious enemy of American freedom, compassion, and community; of world peace; and of life itself as it has evolved for millennia on large sections of the planet. The worst president ever? Let history judge him.”
- “This president is unique in his failures.”
- “Although previous presidents have led the nation into ill-advised wars, no predecessor managed to turn America into an unprovoked aggressor. No predecessor so thoroughly managed to confirm the impressions of those who already hated America. No predecessor so effectively convinced such a wide range of world opinion that America is an imperialist threat to world peace. I don 't think that you can do much worse than that.”
In 2008 an additional informal survey by the History News Network of 109 professional historians "found that 98 percent of them believe that Bush's presidency has been a failure", and "more than 61 percent of the historians say the current presidency is the worst in American history". "Among those who responded are several of the nation’s most respected historians, including Pulitzer and Bancroft Prize winners." (hnn / usnews)
“He is easily one of the 10-worst of all time and—if the magnitude of the challenges and opportunities matter—then probably in the bottom five, alongside Buchanan, Johnson, Fillmore, and Pierce,”
"Without a doubt, it is among the worst.”
“No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” “Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world’s goodwill. In short, no other president’s faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large.”
“the paranoia of Nixon, the ethics of Harding and the good sense of Herbert Hoover. . . . . God willing, this will go down as the nadir of American politics.”
“When future historians look back to identify the moment at which the United States began to lose its position of world leadership, they will point—rightly—to the Bush presidency. "
“an ideologue who got the nation into a totally unnecessary war, and has broken the Constitution more often than even Nixon. He is not a conservative, nor a Christian, just an immoral man."
“It would be difficult to identify a President who, facing major international and domestic crises, has failed in both as clearly as President Bush,”
“His domestic policies have had the cumulative effect of shoring up a semi-permanent aristocracy of capital that dwarfs the aristocracy of land against which the founding fathers rebelled; of encouraging a mindless retreat from science and rationalism; and of crippling the nation’s economic base.”
“George Bush has combined mediocrity with malevolent policies and has thus seriously damaged the welfare and standing of the United States,”
“Bush does only two things well,” said one of the most distinguished historians. “He knows how to make the very rich very much richer, and he has an amazing talent for fucking up everything else he even approaches. His administration has been the most reckless, dangerous, irresponsible, mendacious, arrogant, self-righteous, incompetent, and deeply corrupt one in all of American history.”