Bad presidents: Nixon’s and Buchanan’s ghosts grateful for Trump tweet

“President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!” according to presidential historian Donald J. Trump, who communicated his latest assessment via tweet, without offering scholarly backup nor a detailed explanation for his latest rankings, although it may be noteworthy that Trump released his latest rankings of presidential incompetence one day after Obama reiterated his belief that Trump, the Republican nominee for president, was “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to be president.

Trump has been known to react poorly to criticism, and it’s possible that his latest revision of his highly respected “worst presidents” ranking might have been influenced by Obama’s recent remarks.

The ghosts of Richard Nixon, the only president to resign in disgrace, and James Buchanan, who watched the United State slip into Civil War as seven Southern states seceded during his last days in office, both expressed gratification that such an eminent expert on presidential maladroitness had nominated someone else for the title of worst president. Other experts on bad presidents have not yet weighed in.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/04/2016 - 09:11 am.

    I Have Complete Confidence

    that, were he elected,…

    Mr. Trump would do his utmost to eclipse the efforts of all other contenders,…

    for worst president in US history,…

    while he (and his most ardent followers),…

    would remain completely (and stubbornly) clueless that he was, indeed, wrecking havoc across the nation and the globe.

    This would be the natural result of confusing what you earnestly “believe” must SURELY be true,…

    with ACTUAL truth supported by verifiable facts, figures, statistics, (and dare I say MATH),…

    and seeking to create policies (and living?) based on logical thought and rational evaluation of,…

    actual reality,…

    and how it interfaces with the nature of humans,…

    as they ACTUALLY are, rather than as you wish they would be,…

    or as your “faith” tells them they must become,…

    if they would all behave properly,…

    (which the fact that humanity never has done so in recorded history provides ample evidence,…

    that they almost certainly will never do so).

    If your idea of how the government should operate ignores your own human quirks and foibles,…

    of which Mr. Trump harbors a toilet tissue roll length laundry list,…

    while assuming that everyone else can somehow be made to stop exhibiting their own widely-varied versions of human nature,…

    your efforts are doomed to complete and utter failure.

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/04/2016 - 01:43 pm.

    Nixon, Buchanan, and Trump

    Buchanan seems to have been something of a stuffed shirt. I doubt he would have approved of Trump’s style, or the behavior of his supporters.

    Nixon was also a thin-skinned bully, but had nothing like Trump’s ego. While Nixon would make a secret list of enemies, Trump would make sure his list got plenty of publicity, and would add to it with great fanfare every time someone looked crosswise at him.

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