Bush was bad. In slang terms, Bush sucked.
But now it looks as if many Americans think Obama sucks even more.
Below you'll see an interesting article about a poll taken to determine who the worst president of the past 70 years was. A poll is when an organization calls up a significant number of people to determine their opinions.
So 33% of Americans believe Obama was the worst president since WW2. 28% said Bush. What this poll also shows is that, honestly, Americans are stupid when it comes to history. Really stupid. They do not even seem to know that a great president, named Eisenhower, did amazing things in the 50s.
As someone who likes to read, and who knows a great deal about history, let me please give you my opinion on the presidents of the last 70 years. I think they can be divided into 3 groups: A) Great, B) OK, C) They sucked
Here are the presidents who served after WW2:
Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama
A - Great (only one president)
Dwight D. Eisenhower - "Ike", as Americans called him, was president from 1953 to 1961. During this time we were at peace - he ended the Korean War. The American economy developed and the Civil Rights Movement (an attempt to make sure black people were treated fairly) started. Ike had the American highway system built so Americans could travel freely around this beautiful country. Generally, Americans made money, started to fight for equal rights for everyone, and lived in peace. Some historians think Ike was one of the best presidents ever. He, by the way, had been a General in the US Army and was the General who lead the D-Day landings of June 6th 1944. Yes, the man helped defeat Adolph Hitler. Ike was a hell of a great guy! He was a Republican.
We who read and remember miss you Ike! Thanks for your amazing service!
B - OK (one president)
Bill Clinton - he wasn't great. He didn't make any great changes and America didn't change for the better during his presidency. But from 1993 - 2001 we had peace. The previous Republican presidents had built up a huge debt and Clinton paid it off. Business was pretty good under Clinton, however, outsourcing seemed to begin during his administration. So America began to lose its working class as factories started to be built overseas. He was a Democrat.
C - They sucked! There are 10 presidents after WW2 who sucked.
Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Bush 2, Obama
Truman - first of all, he didn't have to drop the atomic bombs on innocent women and children in Japan. Second of all, he was sleeping and didn't even suspect that a war in Korea might start. Third of all, he was sleeping and didn't realize that Russian spies were stealing our atomic secrets. Truman became the president when Franklin Roosevelt died (the last great president before Eisenhower). For some crazy reason Roosevelt had picked this uneducated idiot to be his Vice President.
Kennedy - he came from a super wealthy family that bought good news stories for him from journalists. He did nothing good as president and did terrible, rotten things. 1) He tried to invade Cuba and failed. 2) He placed nuclear missiles in Turkey, which caused Russia to place nuclear missiles in Cuba, which almost lead to a nuclear war. 3) He assassinated foreign leaders and tried to assassinate foreign leaders. 4) He did not care about the poor or the Civil Rights Movement. 5) He started the Vietnam War, which caused over 50,000 Americans to die and over 2 million Vietnamese to die. 6) He was kind of a stupid, selfish playboy who had sex with numerous women while he was president. He cared more about sex than successfully changing the world.
Lyndon Johnson - Johnson was the corrupt idiot Kennedy picked as his Vice President. There had never been such a corrupt person as president before. Kennedy started the Vietnam War and Johnson made it worse. Young people from around the country came to Chicago in 1968 to protest the crazy policies of this idiot and they were attacked by the police.
Richard Nixon - OK, Johnson was corrupt and many people think Nixon was corrupt too because he was the only US president who had to quit (because of the Watergate scandal in which he was illegally listening to conversations of another presidential candidate). No, Nixon wasn't corrupt, he was mentally ill. He messed up the Vietnam War as well and did nothing good.
Gerald Ford - Ford is the only president who was never elected president. Nixon's first Vice President was so crazy and corrupt that he had to quit. Nixon had to pick another Vice President before he, Nixon, quit. Apparently Nixon made a deal with Ford. A president can 'pardon' anyone he wants. This means a president can say "This person is not guilty!" Even if a person is in jail, a president can pardon the person and get him out of jail. So Ford promised Nixon that if Nixon quit, Ford would pardon him so Nixon wouldn't have to go to jail. Nixon quit, Ford pardoned him. When Ford ran for the presidency, he lost. He was president for 2 years. He became wealthy afterwards by giving speeches about how it feels to be president.
Jimmy Carter - a total idiot. I don't think there is one American who would disagree that Jimmy Carter was a TOTAL idiot. He did nothing in 4 years. When Americans were taken hostage (prisoners) in Iran, he did nothing.
Ronald Reagan - he created policies that helped the rich get richer. America started to develop an income gap under him. The gap has been widening since. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer.
Bush 1 and 2 - I'm getting tired of writing about these idiots so I am lumping the Bushes together. Bush 1 was too stupid to realize Saddam Hussein was going to attack Kuwait. After Kuwait was attacked, Bush attacked his old friend, Saddam Hussein. In the mean time, the economy went down the toilet and Clinton beat Bush 1 in the next election. Bush 2 was a total idiot. More so than Carter. We are still having trouble in Iraq because of him and the world entered a financial crisis because he was too stupid to see it coming or do anything to stop it.
Obama - I am too disgusted at this point to even write about our current president.
Here's an article in which 1/3 of Americans state that they believe Obama sucked more than any other recent president:
Vocabulary from the article:
better off, worse off - basically these words mean: better, worse. i.e. Sometimes Bob feels he would have been better off if he had stayed in Chicago and not come to New York City. Bill thinks that he would have been worse off if he had not met his wife Linda.
in hindsight - that means looking backwards and thinking about how things could have been better if different decisions had been made
competent - if you can handle or do a job well, you are competent at that job; if you can't handle a job and do it poorly, you are incompetent at that job
stalled - it has stopped and is not moving