Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the four most thoroughly incompetent presidents in American history. The list features two Republicans and two Democrats but naturally Liberal fanatics will accuse me of being a Conservative and Conservative fanatics will accuse me of being a Liberal. It’s all part of living in this land of partisan zealots.
Party Affiliation: Republican
Background: Benjamin was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, who was famous for dying barely a month into his term.
Presidency: Harrison lost the popular vote to incumbent Democratic President Grover Cleveland but won the (even then) outdated and unwieldy Electoral College so Cleveland was out and Benjy was in. Harrison’s campaign virtually sold every possible presidential appointment in its desperate bid for the presidency, so Benjamin had almost no leeway on who he could nominate for positions from Cabinet level on down. The confirmation hearings provided ample fodder for political humor as some of the most unqualified nominees in U.S. history paraded before the Senate.
Harrison proved to be in over his head on the economy and his disjointed, sometimes contradictory measures to turn things around resulted in a full-blown depression by the time he ran for reelection. He wound up losing to Grover Cleveland, who retook the Oval Office to become the country’s only two-term president to serve those terms non-consecutively.
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Background: Following the Watergate Scandals under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford’s unpopular pardoning of Nixon the awkward, addle-minded and inept Jimmy Carter got elected purely because of his opponent’s unpopularity.
Presidency: During the confused and blunder-filled administration of Jimmy Carter the country was run like a poorly-managed mom and pop business. Carter’s ineptitude is legendary and his repeated economic failures and foreign policy blunders played like a dark comedy. Jimmy’s shambling, stumbling economic policies resulted in a stagnant economy combined with out of control inflation. This disastrous mix, termed “stagflation”, became as synonymous with the Carter presidency as his famous “malaise” speech. That latter item exemplified Jimmy’s “President Schleprock” image and you could easily picture him making with Schleprock’s whiny catchphrase “Wowsy, wowsy woo woo …”
Jimmy’s petty and spiteful attitude alienated his own party’s members of Congress and his VERY early concession of defeat to Ronald Reagan in November 1980 resulted in the loss of several Democratic congressional seats in the western states where the polls hadn’t even closed yet. Even party loyalist Tip O’Neil, Speaker of the House, raged at Carter for this characteristic bungle, telling him “You guys came in like a bunch of jackasses and you’re going out the same way!”
Party Affiliation: Republican
Background: Harding first rose to prominence as a newspaper publisher in Marion, OH. Even as a Senator he was known more for relaxing and having a good time rather than working.
Presidency: The twiddle-pated Harding was a virtual pawn of “the Ohio Gang”, the Republican Party movers and shakers who used their buddy’s position to line their pockets with more graft than most other presidential entourages ever dreamed of.
Warren was too weak to keep Harry Daugherty or any of his other nominal underlings in line and largely stood by in impotent confusion while his appointees and aides betrayed the public trust at every opportunity. The Tea Pot Dome scandal was but one of many outrages of the Harding administration with the most tragic probably being the plundering of government medical assets by Charles Forbes, Harding’s Director of the Veteran’s Bureau.
Harding frequently made remarks about how overwhelmed he felt by the office of the presidency and his inadequacies made him the perfect patsy for the white collar graft-grabbers and outright criminal elements who made a fortune from this clumsy political hack’s mismanagement of the country.
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Background: Shallow, pompous and ignorant, Barack Obama was noted for having no opinions of his own and no real-world experience. This made him the perfect figurehead for the Democratic Party machine, who supported the pliable and easily manipulated Obama over the talented and capable Hillary Clinton, who had proven to have a mind of her own and would have kept the party hacks in line. And the fact that Barack is too embarrassed by his poor performance in college to even release his records as previous presidents have done speaks for itself.
Presidency: I have no doubt that at some point in the future the United States will have African American presidents who really are all the wonderful things that Barack Obama is NOT. What the Ohio Gang was to Harding the sleazy Chicago political machine is to Obama. Barack’s administration has been tainted by a level of corruption not seen since Harding and by a level of ineptitude not seen since Carter.
Obama has created a disastrous economy and a halting, timid foreign policy. He lacks any and all leadership qualities and instead opts for a spiteful and childish “Internet Troll” approach to dealing with political opposition. Barack is so thoroughly in over his head as president that he has accomplished virtually nothing but an ugly standoff with Congress and has substituted a lengthy series of ill-considered and constitutionally questionable Executive Orders instead of ending the bitter partisanship he pretends to dislike. Obama has issued more of these Executive Orders than ALL PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED and has seemed to thrive on dividing the country into two hostile camps.
Per NBC News and other sources poverty is UP from 43.6 million to 46.2 million, middle class incomes DROPPED under his administration, the unemployment problem has not improved, food stamp recipients have gone from 33.5 million to a staggering 46.6 million people and Obamacare is still just an empty promise that Obama’s OWN ADMINISTRATION admits they still have no full plan for implementing.
Like his fellow national embarrassments Richard Nixon and George W Bush (both Republicans) Barack was reelected, but by a slender 50.6% of the vote, meaning half the voters and at least half the nation did not want the man to get a 2nd term (my 50.6% is TGAV, so don’t bother emailing me). The Obama administration has been marked by an ugly Cult of Personality that smacks of fascism and has fostered an environment in which all pretense of journalism has been replaced by increasingly shrill propoganda.
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