Rank and File
As far as history goes and all of these quotes about people trying to guess what the history of the Bush administration is going to be, you know, I take great comfort in knowing that they don’t know what they are talking about, because history takes a long time for us to reach.”- George W. Bush, Fox News, Sunday Feb 10, 2008
Not that long Chimpy. You must have missed this one, completed right after your interview on the Faux News Channel
An unscientific survey of 109 professional historians in March 2008 elicited the following results to the question “How would you rate the Presidency of George W. Bush?
What a surprise!
When asked to rank the Bush presidency in relation to other American presidents, those same 109 historians showed a little more leniency.
Only about 2/3 think he is the worst ever. I am sure by the time he vacates his toilet bowl that number will shift a lot higher. Most historians find him in the same category as the worst of the worst — James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Millard Fillmore and Chimpy’s relative – Franklin Pierce. I would venture to say that those four would rather NOT be sharing the spotlight with the man who has come to symbolize the epitome of idiocy, incompetence and douchebagginess.
Some of the historians tried to be kind, for what reason I can not fathom, but they tried:
“It is a bit too early to judge whether Bush’s presidency is the worst ever, though it certainly has a shot to take the title. Without a doubt, it is among the worst.”
While his 1.8% success percentage in 2008 has to be some kind of record, the 2004 survey of historians showing a 19% success/81% failure breakdown has to be some sort of highwater mark for his royal asshole. But remember the stellar number of 19% was voted on before Katrina, before more failures in Iraq, before the Justice Dept debacle and before gas at $4.
What is interesting is that in 2004, 11% of all historians rated Bush the worst ever. You have to hand it to Bush, it takes a special person to raise that bar by almost 500% in four short years.
Some of the quotes from the historians are doozies (though I can just hear Michelle Malkin or Sean Hannity poo-pooing them as pinko liberal commies):
“No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” wrote one. “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.”
“With his unprovoked and disastrous war of aggression in Iraq and his monstrous deficits, Bush has set this country on a course that will take decades to correct,”
and a personal favorite:
“the paranoia of Richard Nixon, the ethics of Warren Harding and the sense of Herbert Hoover. . . . . God willing, this will go down as the nadir of American politics.”
Chalk this one up to the stupidity of the American people – no president has failed so large and so often as the administration of the world’s greatest douchebag – George W. Bush.
The Dcap rank and file of Worst Presidents:
- George W. Bush – Republican
- Richard Nixon – Republican (resigned in disgrace after Watergate)
- James Buchanan – Democrat (basically let the country split apart over slavery)
- Herbert Hoover – Republican (led the country into its worst depression)
- Warren Harding – Republican (corrupt-filled administration)
- Andrew Johnson – no affiliation during Presidency
- Calvin Coolidge – Republican
- Millard Fillmore – Whig
- Franklin Pierce – Democrat
- George H.W. Bush – Republican
I guess Babs the ImpalerTM has to be awfully proud of her spawn.