It's fun to say. It's fun to write. "George W. Bush: Worst. President. Ever"
But is it true?
I hesitate because the crimes of 19th century America--slavery, genocide--are much worse than the crimes of 20th and 21st century America. I think that any president who can be directly blamed for some portion of these crimes would be a worse president than W. Unfortunately my American history isn't good enough to evaluate here.
I typically associate Andrew Jackson most with the genocide of Native Americans, but according to Cecil Adams the Trail of Tears killed a mere 4,000 souls. Can more Indian deaths be blamed on him? Did too many Native Americans die from disease to label any American president our own private Hitler?
Can we simply say that all the presidents prior to Lincoln are worse than Bush because they acquiesced to slavery?
Who is really the Worst. President. Ever.?