Who are the best and worst presidents since 1970? This was a surprisingly difficult task as the number of stinkers is surprisingly high.

Unfortunately, we don’t seem to get the best of talent for the most important position in the world, although I believe much of the problem is related to how a leader is selected. And due to the increasingly bitter divide between the parties which results in each party doing whatever it can to tear down the other party, without regard for what is best for the county. This results in amazing hypocrisies and enormous amounts of wasted time, money, and energy.

So here is a list – from Best to Worst:

Ronald Reagan
Richard Nixon
Bill Clinton
George Bush (41)
Gerald Ford
George W. Bush (43)
Jimmy Carter

The list even surprised myself. Here is another list:

Superb Presidents:

Ronald Reagan

That is a short list!

Or how about productive Presidents:

Ronald Reagan
Richard Nixon
Bill Clinton

Interesting that I would put two crooks on this list: Nixon and Clinton. One who abdicated office and another who should have.

The reason is that setting aside their self-absorbed or criminal tendencies, did they have foreign and economic policies that helped the country? I think Nixon does better over time, or maybe just better what we have had in recent years. Clinton. Not that I think highly of him, but he did not go off the liberal deep end, the economy was in fine shape, and he actually had a surplus. All of which looks better and better the further we get into the current Bush presidency.

Caretaker Presidents who didn’t do much of anything:

George Bush (41)
Gerald Ford

Disasters:

George W. Bush (43)
Jimmy Carter

Bush is pushing Carter for that last slot, but Carter’s recent support of middle east terrorists reminds us of how absurd this former peanut farmer is.

Who is the Best and Worst President?
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