George W. Bush … Most Unpopular Modern President … Popular Does not Make One Effective


Unpopular does not equal unsuccessful. Of course to touchy-feely liberals, it does. Some times making difficult decisions makes one unpopular. Like it or not, something had to finally once and be done about terrorism. Someone had to take on this difficult challenge as opposed to the Clinton Administration and just let another president deal with it because the task was too difficult and controversial. A new CNN poll suggests that George W. Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history. This poll is about as useless as it gets. Why you ask? Because most Americans have such a short attention and intellectual set that they could probably not even tell you who where the past 7 presidents, let alone what any of them did or did not do. EARTH TO CNN … JIMMY CARTER WAS THE WORST PRESIDENT!!!

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush his handling his job as president. “No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president’s disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Bush’s approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon (22 percent and 24 percent, respectively) but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s,” Holland added. “The previous all-time record in CNN or Gallup polling was set by Truman, 66 percent disapproval in January 1952.”

Granted I am not thrilled with how some the past 8 years of the Bush Administration has gone, but please do not say he is the worst. Do not confuse unpopular with unsuccessful. One thing that popularity contests show is do not ever go against what you were elected on. Democrats will never like a Republican President, they just won’t. Not in today’s society. It’s more important that a Donkey be in office than an effective leader. That being said, Republicans better have learned a valuable lesson about immigration. We live in a different era today that other presidents never had to deal with. The age of the internet has made polarized political hate sites that have all but skewed political discourse in America. To judge one’s presidency takes time. Only history and a fair judging of what GWB did for the past 8 years will be the judge. History will judge GWB and see if he was successful or not.

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    23 Responses to “George W. Bush … Most Unpopular Modern President … Popular Does not Make One Effective”

    1. brie. on May 2nd, 2008 5:33 pm

      I think Bush has had a really tough administration, but I am glad he was around when 911 happened….and I truly hope we never see that again…he did everything he could to protect our country and I think McCain would of done the same thing….Obama would of gone to St.Thomas and laid in a lawn chair…

    2. brie. on May 2nd, 2008 6:05 pm

      I remember being a kid and when the President came on TV I was told in advance to sit still and be quiet….it was so important to listen carefully…I was never exposed to drugs…it was never around…what has our society become…..what about our youngsters today….look at what they are facing and growing up with…it’s one thing if you want to destroy yourself but not to introduce it and give to or sell it to children…we do not need drugs…our politican’s who have participated in the drug life are not any example for any of us to follow..

    3. Miklo on May 2nd, 2008 6:08 pm

      This is EXACTLY WHY many do NOT believe Hillary Clinton would be an effective leader:

      Sometimes doing what is CORRECT and ETHICAL is not necessarily “popular”.

      Being President of the USA makes you one of the most hated, unpopular people in the world right now!

      She will sell us out because she won’t be able to handle NOT being “popular”!

    4. tuyvnsurvivor on May 2nd, 2008 6:19 pm

      W has been blamed for all darkness and where light was bright.

      He was well liked as our governor, well known for getting along with democrats. However, just about as quickly as I saw him at the natoinal platform I felt trouble was in store. He has a demeanor, Texaslike perhaps and I will bet it is identical to my own…it did not look good on the national and world level. Looked as though he was touching his pistols as he spoke.

      I thought he right away was too slow to try to explain himself thoroughly. COuld have taken advantage of some years where he could bother to state goals and ‘hoped for’ time periods in Iraq. I am personall y one against our military doing peacecorp type work and dealing too closely with civilians. Would take too much space to give my total reasons, but one is I feel the military needs to be trained and of a mind to kill people and tear up things instantly — that needs to be their main mental prepardness…doing otherwise dilutes them. Our military as national defense only, makes them less of a target for creep reporters and make hay congress people. But by now, as things went wrong and Iraqies are accustomed to us doing for them we must stick it out and protect our investment, and prevent Isereal from nuking Iran.

      George will do fine when history scores him decades from now.

      I talked to a close friend today who is one of the two I know who knows W personally. They think he is a marvelous guy. Would take a lot of space to speek to why I think the opinions really mean something to a old blue colar type ‘conservative’.

      Not being the more standard type religeous person, yet I read some of the book, God. Guess he is a good guy. I do wish religion could be full y aside from government matters, that makes me an odd conservative, yes. Also, I would like that candadates not be allowed or that they must disinfranchise themselves from secret organizations. Skull n Bones this time is room fo r Tally ho Bombs next time.

      I could not truely like Bush due to the immigration situations. Here we have gone though all emmotions over it: sad, disgusted, outraged, to taking more blood presure meds. The people who have the convienience to tak e a peacefull do good attitude towards the illeagals are not having to suffer with it. They and the illeagals are criminals. Indeed I see Bush as a criminal over the immigration feasco….hugely so.

      Bigger crimes like corruptions and legalized lying lent them in the mid nineties laws, lets public company scams and frauds run rampant. No one does a thing. Media never asks such a question to any candadate now or in the past. Where the mob went, and all is smooth fo r them there. SEC is so overloaded they are a full joke, public protection is not at all. Marketers with legal hiding rip novices off with bloody rape every time the bell rings. I know of one company in business over 42 years, never marketed a product, they only market maybe’s. The two at the top of the company a lawyer and a former wallstreeter make 800,000.00 in salaries before options, bonuses and perks. Oh no, and they actually got to ring the opening bell. There are scams all over the market, marketers are organized, retirement funds are ripped off, our gov funds often granted to these scum. Every scams message boards has marketers trolling to entice novices. A purse snatcher gets 50 bucks and makes the news, countless CEO’s treat a public company as a private venture raking in the cash…no candate is looking…SEC hasn’t the time, but hey hey…each party wants a growing market once they get in. Is the market just far too dirty to clean up…if you kill all the hookworms in a dog at one time, he bleeds to death. Bush killed no hookwroms at all, nice skull n bones?

    5. caesu on May 2nd, 2008 7:43 pm

      pretty unsuccesful too i would say.

      two wars which cost trillions to keep governments with a lawbook based on sharia in power.
      one war removed irans archenemy and enabled iran to become the major power in the region.

      and osama bin laden who was “determined to strike inside U.S” is still on the loose.
      he got a nice headstart while Bush was reading about a pet goat.

      “History will judge GWB and see if he was successful or not.”
      that is a direct quote from the man himself isn’t?

      his legacy is pretty much screwed after is handling of iraq, katrina and the economy to name just a few disasters.

      McCain is going to have a tough time distancing himself from him.
      SM: You seem to be discounting one very important thing. Have we been attacked since 9-11? Just in case you are not sure of the answer … its no.

      Of course people are going to say he is the worst. Most people would never admit that Jimmy Carter was a fool and an idiot. Forget the fact that our country was in worse shape from 1976-1980. We had double digit unemployment, inflation and interest rates.

      Get a clue folks. Don’t just believe the media sound bites and what a hateful Democratic party tells ya.

    6. barbreee on May 2nd, 2008 8:23 pm

      Those boneheads didn’t ask the silent majority. He’s not unpopular. He stood his ground, and that is what will be remembered long after we are all dust.

      I hope we never have to see how fast most of those whining wusses would fall if we do not have a strong President and Military in the future. They should be shining our Veteran’s shoes.

      After all, don’t we only have to look as far as Aruba to see what an ineffective government is all about?

      And that’s just ineffective. What about malevolent governments? What kind of a life can a suicide bomber be leading if that is his best choice of action?

    7. Scared Monkeys on May 2nd, 2008 8:34 pm

      Its really easy to have a ression when the media wants there to be one so that voters vote for the Democratic candidate.

      Personally, I would rather have a cowboy than a wimp. I would rather be feared and respected than liked.

      America does not need another Democrat like Jimmy Carter in office.

      Today we have 5% unemployment, 6% interest rates and inflation for the most part has been in check. If we were to compare the problems that existed under carter into todays society we would be looking at 18% unemployment, 20% interest rates. Sorry, but I have not seen odd-even day gas rationing.

      Under Carter …

      In 1979, because the Iranian Revolution interrupted that nation’s production of petroleum, gasoline prices increased 60%. The inflation rate went from 6.8% in 1977 to 7.6 % in 1978 to 11.5% in 12.4% in 1980. High unemployment continued. Investment, savings, and productivity declined. Carter advocated and got the deregulation of many businesses and industries but these measures had no apparent immediate impact. Although presidents have a very limited impact on the economy, they are blamed for bad economic times. Carter was.

      Foreign policy, over which he had more control, would be his downfall. He opposed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and aided those who resisted. He refused to allow the US to participate in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, a move that cost him politically.

    8. brie. on May 2nd, 2008 8:43 pm

      Well, I have voted both ways, whoever I think is the candidate but many people do not see it that way…that’s how we ended up with Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer…

    9. brie. on May 2nd, 2008 8:49 pm

      #8…oops I meant to say whoever is the BEST candidate..what will our future be????

    10. caesu on May 2nd, 2008 8:52 pm

      @SM #5

      yes not attacked since 9/11.
      but goes the credit for that to bush?
      or is ubl just taking his time.
      there were 8 years since the WTC bombing of 1993.
      bush was in charge at 9/11. not clinton.

      and i don’t believe media sound bites. but both parties are very good at that.

      and carter is indeed an total idiot.
      he proofed that beyond any doubt again by meeting with hamas.
      SM: Bill Clinton is a perfect example of how History judges a president. Clinton was a failure in retrospect. Clinton did nothing to combat terrorism, he only made the US weaker. Clinton just sat by and did nothing for 8 years but stain blue dresses. Clinton presided over one of the biggest economic fraud this country has ever seen. The US economy and stack market was nothing but a scam and ponsey scheme. Fraud was going on in every company and the Clinton Admin sat back for 8 years and did nothing praying that as long as the false economy went forward people would not throw his ass out of office. Arthur Anderson, Tyco, Global Crossing, Enron, World Com and the list goes on and on all took place under Clinton. They mess was dealt with by GWB.

      Clinton did nothing to prevent corporate fraud. He couldn’t. If he did, the stock market would have gone down and so would he.

      As for GWB not preventing an attack on US, you are just a hater. GWB could invent the cure for cancer and your first comment would be, what took him so long.

      GWB has been far from perfect. He spent too much and should have vetoed more drunken sailor spending bills out of Congress. He should have been tougher on immigration. Never should the Credit card companies been allowed to take part in the writing of law. And we should have been much more decisive in Iraq and Afghanistan and created some parking lots.

      All that being said, give credit where credit is due … there have been no attacks on US soil since 9-11. If you do not think that the wire taps, interrogations and due diligence by Homeland security has not played a part, you are fooling your self.

      The war in Iraq has kept Al Quaeda busy and depleted them. It is much better that we fight them over there, than in our own streets. There has not been one attack. That is an accomplishment. especially since every pundit thought American would become like Israel.

    11. david r on May 2nd, 2008 10:29 pm

      Iraq– Should’ve got out after Saddam swung.

      Gas prices– Big debacle.

      At least he gave us Laura and the girls.

    12. caesu on May 2nd, 2008 10:48 pm

      clinton did bomb al-qaida training camps in afghanistan in 1998.
      bush did close to nothing the first 9 months apart from ignoring memo’s/reports and briefings about al-qaida – “the system was blinking red”.
      that’s not me being a hater, but me reading the 9/11 commission report.

      of course the administration deserves credit for preventing attacks inside US since 9/11.
      but then equally clinton should deserve credit for no attacks inside US after 1993 wtc bombing during his administration.

    13. manny on May 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm

      president Bush will go down in history as one of the greatest leaders of the 21st century.He will be remembered and forever be revered like Lincoln and Reagan.

    14. A New Girl on May 3rd, 2008 3:25 am

      SM says…..”Personally, I would rather have a cowboy than a wimp. I would rather be feared and respected than liked.

      America does not need another Democrat like Jimmy Carter in office.

      BRAVO ! BRAVO ! Hear ! Hear !

      These statements reflect the absolute bottom line and are 100% accurate to me. I’ve posted on here before that I think Dubya has made some mistakes in his administration—but I will say this—he has proved himself to me as an American more than once.

      He does have character, and he sent a message to other Terrorist nations……DO NOT MESS WITH THE USA!! Now ask yourselves people, do you remember that feeling in your gut on 9/11? I sure as hell do. It is one of those moments that goes down in history for us ALL and a day we’ll all never forget. What did it mean to YOU??

      I watched the video over and over again of George Bush being told by an Aide while he was sitting in an Elementary School classroom full of young children that HIS COUNTRY had been attacked by Terrorists. Like all Americans, we stayed glued to our set for weeks and looked to our President for his leadership. You can tell a lot about any human being when you are observing how they handle themselves in extreme crisis situations. George W. Bush IMPRESSED me with his overall strength and resolve. When our President first addressed our Nation directly after the attacks–the ONLY reason I could sleep that night at all was because I trusted and believed in his leadership.

      I am thankful for that. Do you remember looking around the months and almost a full year afterwards and seeing American Flags EVERYWHERE? It was the tragedy of 9/11 which united us all together with one common patriotic theme… that the USA is the BEST and STRONGEST country in the World to live in. (For me, anyway).

      Whether you voted for Bush once or twice or not at all —he was elected by us, We the People, and he PROTECTED US, We the People.

      Be honest here, Folks. George W. Bush has not been very popular and his ratings have declined sharply in recent years only for the reasons which RED has articulated above.

      I will think now of the words of who I believe was indeed one of the greatest Presidents to ever hold office, Harry Truman. Does anyone remember the sign Truman kept on his desk?? It said, “THE BUCK STOPS HERE”. And it sure as hell did. Think about it! Do you know why Truman loved that saying? If you now anything about American History- the answer is obvious.

      George W. Bush believes and sends the same message. Many Americans do not approve of the War or it’s continuance to keep our troops in Iraq. Since when has fighting any War been pleasant? War is ugly. But we have made progress overseas. Any idiot who knows a thing about war knows you cannot just INSTANTLY pull out your troops ! DUH! And, it will take months, years until the entire withdrawl process is completed. There will be an American presence there for at least 10+ years…we still have a presence in Korea people, wake up and smell the coffee.

      I thank every American who has died FOR MY FREEDOM on foriegn soil !! We owe our freedom to each and every on of them, Period.

      Love or hate the job Bush has done, give our President also the respect he deserves.

      FREE ”


      **McCain 08 ***

    15. A New Girl on May 3rd, 2008 3:42 am

      At one point in his second term, near the end of the Korean War, Truman’s public opinion ratings reached the lowest of any United States president, until George W. Bush in April of 2008. Despite negative public opinion during his term in office, popular and scholarly assessments of his presidency became more positive after his retirement from politics and the publication of his memoirs.

      Remember, Truman was a Dem. It’s not your parties denomination—it is who you are as a man and a leader…CHARACTER CHARACTER CHARACTER?

      What kind of CHARACTER does Bill Clinton have? hahaha

      What kind of CHARACTER does Hillary Rodam Clinton have?

      What kind of CHARACTER does Barrack Hussien Obama have?

      What kind of CHARACTER does John McCain have?

      Who wins the Presidential election of Nov. 08?

      ***** McCain 08 ***** if Americans stop drinking the Kool-Aide of CHANGE AND HOPE.

    16. Rob on May 3rd, 2008 10:04 am

      caesu on May 2nd, 2008 10:48 pm

      clinton did bomb al-qaida training camps in afghanistan in 1998.
      bush did close to nothing the first 9 months apart from ignoring memo’s/reports and briefings about al-qaida – “the system was blinking red”.
      that’s not me being a hater, but me reading the 9/11 commission report.

      of course the administration deserves credit for preventing attacks inside US since 9/11.
      but then equally clinton should deserve credit for no attacks inside US after 1993 wtc bombing during his administration.

    17. Rob on May 3rd, 2008 10:27 am

      sorry I screwed up my reply to caesu.

      As I have saying..

      It’s pretty hard to have an effective FBI when the Democrats were jerking Director Robert Mueller’s confirmation around as a political tool because they were pissed they lost the election. That was real nice (NOT)!!!

      Let’s not forget Jamie Garalick’s wall of separation between the FBI and CIA. Interesting that she somehow got her fat butt on the 9-11 commission along with other partisan hacks. She sits on the panel and then can not be called as a witness – BRILLIANT (NOT)!!!

      Are we safer? YES… absolutely. Student visas have been tightened and those over staying the visa are actually rounded up and sent home.

      Since 9-11 there have been roughly 500 attacks prevented. Military and intelligence experts all say that Al-Qaida sleeper cells are in the country and waiting to strike. Al-Qaida waits years between attacks and most are amazed that another 0-11 has not occurred. I would say that the counter-terrorism agency have been pretty effective to date, but it only takes one successful attack to change that all.

      Clinton did nothing to counter Al-Qaida. ZERO. He was handed Bin Laden on a silver platter by the Sudanese and refused to take him into custody. That’s the difference here. Bush deals with the problem as it exists and it is a WAR. Not a legal matter, ala Clinton.

      Islamo-fascists have been at war with the US since 1952 or 1979, take your pick on the date. It was only after 9-11 that we responded.

      Clinton deserves no credit, and in fact the majority of the blame. Mohammed Atta was the nephew of Al Ramzi. What the heck was he even doing in this country? In fact, after the WTC bombing in 1993 the Clinton Admin did nothing as two more embassies were bombed and countless people killed. I think everyone knew something big would happen and most were not surprised that Al-Qaida was in the US.

      Another surprising event – before the WTC attack in 93 the FBI have a mole inside the Ramzi cell and didn’t listen to him and only called him back after the attacks. Also the FBI had on film the bomb makers making the bomb and it took 5 days to assemble. It was no secret to tyhe FBI what these guys were doing and what the purpose truly was. Clinton deserves no credit… and all the blame here. If Bush would have been in the same situation, the Dems would have been calling for his execution.

      Saddam Hussein – 17 UN resolutions, weapons of mass destruction and attempted assassination of a former US President.

      He had the weapons and we know it because he used them on his own people. He was told to dis-arm and account for the weapons and he did not comply. He got dealt with. Most believe the weapons were transported out of Iraq and into Syria before the start of the war. The weapons are probably still the the Bekkah Valley. Tractor trailer loads were seen on sat images moving out of Iraq and into Syria. The “run-up”to the war only lasted about 9 months. That gave Saddam a lot of time to clean the house – if ya know what I mean.

      I think Bush has done the best job he could given the situation. I doubt anyone could have done better.

    18. Patti on May 3rd, 2008 9:42 pm

      Ohhhh, yeah…

      He did a wonderful job

      Forcing our hand in a war

      Causing us to go into the biggest recession

      while gas is almost $4 a gallon…

      Great Job, Son!




      His name will go down in history

      as the biggest joke there ever was.

      And while I agree that coming out publicly

      with a statement of support for the Sha

      while he was being driven out of Iran,

      wasn’t the best thing to do…

      remember, hostages?

      Bush Takes the Cake…


      Misleading the Blind


      Taking Them Down Dark Roads…

      Based on Untruths…


      Making his Family RICH-er!


      He’s a putz!


    19. Scared Monkeys on May 3rd, 2008 10:10 pm

      For those that think that this is the worst recession in history best read some history. This is far from a recession.

      People need to get a sense of reality.

      No one is paying double digit fixed mortgages like in the 70′s. No one is waiting in gas rationing lines. There is no double digit unemployment.

      Let us also remember the poor economic situation that Bush was left from the so called greatest economy ever during Clinton.

      GWB was no Reagan, however, he was also no Carter or Ford.

      I think we have to remember one little tid bit when choosing worst Presidents. Those Presidents that only lasted 1 term would probably be first on the list. That would tend to be a no brainer. If they were so good, why were they not elected to a second term? Just a little common sense interjected.

    20. A New Girl on May 4th, 2008 1:30 am

      @ Patti~

      I respect your views on GWB but have to disagree on some. A Putz? lol—that’s a little harsh.

      Look, I’ll be frank again about Dubya…I was not feeling his decision making process when I read the headlines this week that he wants Congress to pass approval for over $770M in aid for food and resources for other third world nations. That kind of makes you burn, when-as Americans we see costs of our own food and fuel expenses rapidly rising. My theory there, is we have millions of people right here in the States who are starving and needy and I would rather help our own first.

      To read that this week in the news, my first impression was, Geez- Dubya—whoever advised you on that action …their timing was piss-poor. My feeling is he just wants to push it through before his term is over as a large humanitarian act. If economically we were doing better as a whole, I probably wouldn’t have batted an eyelash.

      In the end though- if I look back at his 8 years- I have to agree that overall GWB has not been one of the least effective President’s we’ve ever had considering what he was faced with during his time in office. I still think George Sr. was a better President than his son, however. Not as good as Reagan, but he’s up there.

    21. Susan on May 4th, 2008 11:20 am

      I think George W. Bush is a real cutie and totally hot! I’ll truly miss him as our “Commander in Chief”. Oh yeah, I also think he is one of the BEST Presidents our nation has ever seen in my life time :-)

    22. Patti on May 4th, 2008 5:39 pm


      You haven’t seen it, yet…

      But, you will.



      How can you call the man who builds

      homes for the homeless, a bad guy?

      He was a wus…

      But I agree with New Girl.

      George Bush was more like a dud.



      I think the WORSE of ALL time…


      Tricky Dicky Nixon!

      BY FAR!!!!


      Corruption at its’ worse.

      But, then again, Politics is not my forte.
      SM: Carter had nothing to do with Habitat for Humanity when he was in the White House. We are talking about years in Office, not out. Hell, with the fact that no one could afford a mortgage from 1976 to 1980, the least Carter could do after the fact was build homes. :)

      Honestly, GWB’s actions will be evaluated long down the road. Dealing with terrorism is like touching the third rail. Every President had to deal with it but none really did. Imagine what things would be like today if he kicked Al Quaeda’s a$$ after the frost Trade Center bombing instead of treating it like a crime as the Clinton Admin did. We would have been that much further along in the process.

      Trust me, I have many issues with GWB. He should have been more of a Conservative Republican. That is what got him elected and that is what got a Republican elected House and Senate.

      A funny thing happened a long the way … They all forgot to be Republican.

    23. Sweets from a stranger on January 20th, 2009 5:11 pm

      Bush protected us? Exactly, he protected us from being the must powerful and respected country on the planet. Where have you goons been for the last 8 years while this Ape-like creature has plundered our wealth, destroyed our economy and killed off a portion of our so valued young. I beg of you, keep producing candidates for the Republican party like this baboon and we have nothing to worry about.

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