5 Reasons to Remind Republicans Why George W. Bush Was One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History

gw-bush-idiotBack in 2008 it was almost universally accepted that George W. Bush was an epic failure as president. When he left office his Gallup approval rating was 34 percent, which was actually up from the 25 percent it fell to in October 2008. Though I have no idea how it went up 9 points in the midst of one of the worst economic collapses in United States history.

But when he left office, you were hard pressed to find anyone who’d speak highly of him outside of the most dedicated Republicans. While not everyone spoke ill of him, they sure didn’t speak highly of him either.

Well, an interesting thing has happened as the years tick by: I’m seeing more and more conservatives speaking highly of “Dubya.” I find it funny that while Republicans will blame anything and everything they can on President Obama, Republicans spent most of the last few years doing anything they could to never mention Bush’s name.

So, what I like to do every now and again is remind everyone of just how awful George W. Bush performed as president. While I hesitate to call him (or anyone) “the worst president ever” – mostly because it’s really impossible to prove and considering who we just elected – he is undoubtedly one of the worst presidents this nation has ever experienced.

That being said, I thought I’d list five quick reasons to support my claim. (Don’t get me wrong, I know there are far more than just five.)

1. The 9/11 Attack: Look, I’m not blaming Bush for the terrorist attack on 9/11. I’m a realist and understand that while we can prevent or deter many attacks, eventually (and tragically) these sorts of attacks are going to happen. But the fact remains he did have intel given to him that said Osama bin Ladin was determined to attack the United States within our borders – and he did absolutely nothing about it.

This was a massive failure by the Bush administration right at the beginning of his presidency that showcased just how incompetent they were at dealing with terrorism – a pattern that repeated itself throughout his entire eight years in office. So his intelligence failure prior to 9/11 wasn’t just a “blip” on the radar, it was the beginning of eight years of intelligence failures.

2. The Iraq War: The Bush administration promised weapons of mass destruction, a quick war and that we would be greeted as heroes and liberators. Literally none of that happened. There were no weapons of mass destruction (no, conservatives, the report you all cite is about remnants from Saddam’s older chemical weapons programs we already knew were there); the war lasted nearly a decade; and thousands of American troops were killed by Iraqi insurgents. While I’ll still say the Vietnam War was probably the biggest military disaster in U.S. history, I think the Iraq War should go down as the most incompetently handled war upon which this nation has ever embarked.

The Bush administration was completely wrong about everything going into the war, then had absolutely no idea what to do once we were there or how the hell to get us out.

Ultimately, all the Iraq War did was completely destabilize the entire Middle East region (including allowing Iran to gain a strong foothold in Iraq – something it never had before due to Saddam) which has allowed radical Islam to gain an even stronger presence throughout the Muslim world. If the Iraq War never happens, ISIS never exists.

3. He Ruined a Balanced Budget: Was Clinton’s balanced budget mostly just an unrealistic long-term myth? Somewhat. While it wasn’t feasible to adhere strictly to the original plan to pay off our debt according to what Clinton had set up, all it would have taken was a few minor tweaks and we could have paid off most (if not all) of our debt before 2008. Instead, Bush nearly doubled the debt by literally increasing spending (two wars are very.. very expensive) while cutting our nation’s tax revenue. He did the equivalent of someone buying a really expensive car – then taking a massive pay cut at work, rendering them incapable of being able to afford the payment on their new vehicle. It made absolutely no sense.

4. He Never Got Osama bin Ladin: Osama bin Ladin spent far more years on this Earth than he should have basically because when we should have been going after him in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bush had shifted most of our focus and resources to Iraq – a nation that literally had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush had nearly eight years to find the man mostly responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, and he was too incompetent to even do that.

President Obama managed to do it in two years – just thought I’d remind everyone. 

5. The Worst Financial Collapse Since the Great Depression: Who here vividly remembers the collapse of 2008? That was a terrifying time. We weren’t losing a few thousand jobs a month, we were literally losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every single month. But it wasn’t just that, the whole financial sector basically collapsed and the American auto industry was on the brink of extinction. After eight years of dealing with one of the most incompetent presidents in our nation’s history, it was fitting that as Bush left office the nation’s economy was in complete disarray.

Just for “fun” I’ll throw in a free bonus.

Hurricane Katrina: If you look up, “How to completely botch a response to a natural disaster” – it’s literally just a play-by-play description of how the Bush administration responded to Hurricane Katrina. You almost have to willfully try to be that incompetent.

Alright, well I’ll wrap it up there. As always you’re free to hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • ScottInClearwater


  • Nancy B

    Spot on. And yet, we’re not allowed to blame Bush for any of it.

  • RWSP2004

    see backwardsprogressives, an arm of the party of liars, is at it
    again. This just shows really how bad Obama is, they have to keep
    bringing up Bush, when it was Democrat policies that crashed the

    • noah vail

      who was in charge when the economy collapsed?

      • RWSP2004

        The Democrat Congress.

      • noah vail

        so that must mean that the republican congress is responsible for all the crappy things that have happened since theyve been in charge,,,like the multimillion dollar shut down etc….hooray, Obama’s off the hook for everything

      • RWSP2004

        The economy did not crash during the so-called shutdown. It had no effect on it. Obama is on the hook for the ACA, the auto bailouts, and the Global Warming fraud regulations. Not to mention the failed stimulus bill.

      • RWSP2004

        The economy did not crash during the shutdown… and the GOP gained more seats in the following election. Try again.

    • one4All

      What Crashed the Economy was the Repeal of Glass-Steagall which was put in place after the 1929 crash to prevent Banks from using OUR Money to Gamble with. De-Regulation of Wall Street allowed them to STEAL our Homes and Jobs by purposely creating the 2008 CRASH by setting up bundles of loans to FAIL and then picking up the pieces of the Banks they Ruined – which is what they did. There were 50 major Banks before the Crash – They were EATEN by the remaining 6.

      • Steve K

        glass-steagal had almost zero influence on the crash. try looking up what it actually regulated, then realise the wrong-wing myth for what it is.

      • Brian

        Explain and sources.

      • Steve K

        If you tally the institutions that ran into severe problems in 2008-09, the list includes Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, none of which would have come under Glass-Steagall’s restrictions.

        Websearches provide plenty of sources; even some fairly accurate wrong-wing ones.
        “debunk glass-steagall 2008” should get you to the reasonable ones fairly quickly…

      • RWSP2004

        I agree with you on Glass Steagall… but that was signed by Democrat Bill Clinton, passed overwhelmingly bi-partisan in the Senate.. NOT Bush. And the Housing crash was caused by people who were given mortgages but could not afford them… this began with Democrats. The Prime mortgage mess rose from this.

      • FD Brian

        $100 says that the majority of loans pushed thru by unscrupulous mortgage brokers vote republican, and the people who rank those grouped up mortgages for resale vote republican too.

      • RWSP2004

        No, the majority of those CEO’s are Democrats, like Citigroup’s Robert Rubin.

      • FD Brian

        pretty sure Robert Rubin wasn’t in the trenches selling mortgages.

      • RWSP2004

        He received a bailout. 😉

      • RWSP2004

        I would say based on the number of CEO’s who vote Democrat… that it’s 50/50.

    • FD Brian

      democrat policies, like greed and deception? No those are policies of the Republican party.

      • RWSP2004

        Guess again. It’s Democrats who want people dependent on Government.

      • FD Brian

        No they don’t. I suspect you read the same drivel that drives the talking points of the right wing nut jobs.

      • RWSP2004

        Just the facts ma’am. Who whines the loudest when the GOP wants to cut welfare?

  • LibsSuck!

    Obama is the the 5th best president. 1st Washington, 2nd Lincoln, 3rd Reagan
    40 Presidents tied for 4th, Obama is 5th.

    If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone. If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him. If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. A Democrat demands that those they don’t like be shut down. If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his. If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.

    • Sean Lazenby

      For discussion purposes. Can you list all the anti-gun legislation Obama has signed or proposed during his term as President?

      • Robert

        I was about to say the same thing. What democrats want to take someone’s guns away/ The truth is some people should not have guns though.

      • Bill Adams

        This is his voting recore before he became president.

        • Obama supports ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns (1996).

        • Obama endorses ban on the sale or transfer of all semi-automatic firearms (1998).

        • Obama supports 500 percent increase in taxes on both guns and ammunition (1999).

        • Obama proposes banning gun stores within five miles of any school or park (1999).

        • Obama co-sponsors legislation limiting gun purchases to “one gun a month” (1999).

        • Obama serves on board of directors of the radically anti-gun Joyce Foundation (1994-2002).

        • Obama votes to ban hundreds of common, conventional rifles and shotguns (2003).

        • Obama votes to prosecute victims who use guns for self-defense in their homes (2004).

        • Obama backs federal law to abolish Right-to-Carry nationwide (2004).

        • Obama votes to ban common rifle ammunition (2005).

        • Obama votes to expose U.S. gun industry to potentially bankrupting lawsuits (2005).

        • Obama votes to reject pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito (2005 and 2006).

        • Obama supports Washington, D.C., ban on guns in the home for
        self-defense and refuses to sign bipartisan “friend of the court” brief
        urging Supreme Court to overturn it (2008).

        • Obama votes to jeopardize federal criminal investigations by
        opening up sensitive BATFE gun-trace data for manipulation by anti-gun
        politicians (2008).

      • Patrica Ferguson

        He lived in Chicago…..that should explain his stance towards guns

    • FD Brian

      actually very little of that is true, but post what ever makes you feel good.

  • amersham46

    But he made Nixon look good