TO HELL WITH THE CHIEF: ON PRESIDENTS DAY, HERE’S A LIST OF THE 10 WORSTBy Greater Long Beach
This is Presidents Day, and in recognition of the 44 men who have been President of the United States during the nearly 235-year history of the country, Greater Long Beach refers you to this list of the 10 worst to occupy the office, as compiled by U.S. News and World Report.
10. ZACHARY TAYLOR: A political novice, the war hero is entirely forgettable as president
9. (TIE) HERBERT HOOVER: He was known as a poor communicator who fueled trade wars and exacerbated the Depression.
9. (TIE) RICHARD M. NIXON: Though politically gifted, he will forever be associated with the Watergate scandal and his resignation.
8. WILLIAM HARRISON: He was president for all of 30 days after contracting pneumonia during his interminable inaugural
7. ULYSSES S. GRANT: Serving right after Andrew Johnson, he presided over an outbreak of graft and corruption, but had good intentions.
6. JOHN TYLER: He was a stalwart defender of slavery who abandoned his party’s platform once he was president
5. MILLARD FILLMORE: He backed the Compromise of 1850 that delayed the Southern secession by allowing slavery to spread.
4. FRANKLIN PIERCE: His fervor for expanding the borders—thereby adding several slave states—helped set the stage for the Civil War.
3. ANDREW JOHNSON: He survived impeachment after opposing Reconstruction initiatives including the 14th amendment.
2. WARREN G. HARDING: He was an ineffectual and indecisive leader who played poker while his friends plundered the U.S. treasury.
1. JAMES BUCHANAN: He refused to challenge either the spread of slavery or the growing bloc of states that became the Confederacy.