Sunday, February 19, 2006

Worst Presidential Errors

From a yahoo article of a survey of the worst presidential errors. The survey was conducted by presidential historians. The following is the list of the ten worst presidential errors.

1. President James Buchanan, for failing to avert the Civil War

2. Andrew Johnson's decision just after the Civil War to side with Southern whites and oppose improvements in justice for Southern blacks beyond abolishing slavery.

3. Lyndon Johnson allowing the Vietnam War to intensify

4. Woodrow Wilson's refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.

5. Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up.

6. James Madison's failure to keep the United States out of the War of 1812 with Britain.

7. Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.

8. John F. Kennedy allowing the Bay of Pigs Invasion that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

9. Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair, the effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua.

10. Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal.

My take on the list is it will be interesting what number Bush will end up on this list and I am sure Bill Clintons scandal will be off the list as the Monica issue is still topical.

I am not up with American history but wasn’t the Civil war the main catalyst to end slavery and significant point in unifying the States.


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6:38 am  
Anonymous otilius said...

Tough to leave out William Henry Harrison -- He gave the longest inauguration speech of any president (8,445 words) while not wearing a coat and caught a cold that developed into pneumonia. He became the first president to die in office--after serving only one month, the shortest term of any president...

6:49 pm  

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