Bush II comes in a very close second. The country perceives that the United States has been under particularly poor management for (at least) 14 years. And the country is right.
The American people are weary. Bush got us involved in 2 giant wars and a number of small ones before “abandoning the free market” on his way out the White House door. Obama continued the wars and tried to engage in a reorganization of the American economy in the midst of a depression, with no success except for the powerful and the wealthy who were connected to the state, the cronies.
Now we are looking at a falling Iraq, a newly assertive Russia and China, a catastrophe on the southern US border (which the president doesn’t seem to care about – and neither does the Chamber of Commerce), an economy which is teetering on the edge of another black hole, and a revamped healthcare system which is hopelessly complicated and which is increasing the gravitational pull of the aforementioned economic black hole. Then there’s the targeting of dissident voices by the IRS and the creation of an Orwellian surveillance state under the NSA. Don’t forget the drone killings of US citizens without trial – which some believe constitutes murder under US law. Or the wholesale manipulation of the mainstream media through Media Matters. Or Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act which somehow gives him the power to detain US citizens indefinitely without a lawyer or trial.
Yeah, I have to say, I can see where the American people are coming from on this.
(From Quinnipiac University) President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Another 28 percent pick President George W. Bush. Ronald Reagan is the best president since WWII, 35 percent of voters say, with 18 percent for Bill Clinton, 15 percent for John F. Kennedy and 8 percent for Obama, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Among Democrats, 34 percent say Clinton is the best president, with 18 percent each for Obama and Kennedy.