A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 33 percent of Americans believe Pres. Obama is the worst president since World War II, while just 28 percent give that dishonor to George W. Bush.
How could this possibly be? The record overwhelmingly supports the proposition that George W. Bush was easily the most inept president since the war:
The 9/11 attacks happened on Bush’s watch. He then took the country to war in Iraq based on lies, incompetence or both — take yer pick. Thousands of American service members and innocent Iraqis died as a result, and he added trillions to the national debt by borrowing funds to pay for this tragic misadventure. He signed off on a torture manual that was written by his senior staff in the White House. He vacationed as the Katrina disaster unfolded. His lax attitude toward regulation led directly to the world’s worst financial collapse since the Great Depression. In fact, after eight years, Bush’s single accomplishment was passing the Medicare supplementary bill, which was not paid for and therefore contributed millions to the deficit.
On the other hand, despite a historic campaign of unparalleled obstruction by Republicans, Pres. Obama will leave office with a record of achievements. He reformed healthcare, the financial sector and the student-loan programs. He ended Bush’s wars in Iraq and (soon) Afghanistan, put a stop to the Bush torture regime and prevented ISIS from importing chemical weapons from Syria into Iraq (so far). Despite Republicans’ furious attempts to stall the recovery, Obama led the country out of the Bush recession, reduced the deficit and added jobs. He repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and — just as Lincoln evolved on abolition during his presidency — Obama evolved on marriage equality during his.
So why then did Obama fare so poorly in the Quinnipiac poll? MSNBC’s Steve Benen looked into the numbers and found that “Democratic voters again divided their votes, split between Bush and Nixon, while Republican voters overwhelmingly chose Obama … In other words, what this poll tells us is that Republicans really love Reagan and really hate Obama. I’m pretty sure we knew that already.”
Indeed we did.