Who is better George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

Posted by: draxhunter

Who is a better president?

  • George W. Bush

  • Barack Obama

50% 17 votes
50% 17 votes
  • Maybe he wasn't so bright, but at least he wasn't the disaster Obama is. Obama is either malicious, or an absolute idiot. (or perhaps a combo of the two) Obama has given us more debt than all other presidents combined, and has made the economy much worse. As much as I hate to believe it, logic keeps nagging me that he's trying to destroy the U.S.

  • there both bad for reasons i can't tell, but Obamacare..., yea id rather go with Bush

  • Obviously.

  • Bush by a landslide. Even though he made up new words.

  • Obama has created more debt than Bush. The IRS didn't target Bush's political opponents. No American ambassadors died in undefended consulates when Bush was president. Bush didn't decide for you what health benefits you need. Bush made mistakes (like corporate bailouts and the Iraq war), but he was much better than Obama.

  • life was easier

  • Bush screwed up a lot and I didn't like the guy, but he is still better then Obama

  • Hell most of Obama's presidency has been devoted to cleaning up the mess that Bush left at the end of his presidency.....

  • Well Bush was the worst President ever, and it has only been six years since he left office and also left our country in horrible shape .Thinking that Iraqis would welcome liberation and immediately embrace Western-style democracy, and failing to manage the occupation of Iraq properly. (How can people defend Bush on the basis that he kept us safe after 9/11 without also blaming him for 9/11? If he had the power to keep us safe after 9/11 then why didn’t he keep us safe on 9/11?) Bullying the intelligence community into giving him the justification to start a war in Iraq over non-existent WMDs. Ramming through a massive new, unfunded Medicare drug benefit when the system was already broke. Rushing to enact the hugely expensive Sarbanes-Oxley Act in reaction to the Enron scandal even though there was no evidence that it would have prevented it from happening. The total failure to deal with Katrina. Nominating the totally unqualified Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and appointing other nincompoops to high level positions solely on the basis of slavish loyalty. Not vetoing anything until two years into his second term. Thinking that tax rebates and tax credits stimulate growth and failing to make any of his tax cuts permanent. Destroying the Doha round of trade negotiations by imposing steel tariffs and enacting a massive new agricultural subsidy program at its outset. (The whole point of Doha was to reduce agricultural subsidies.) Failing to name a new vice president in 2004 who would have been a viable Republican candidate for president in 2008. Thinking that cooperating with Ted Kennedy on the No Child Left Behind Act was a good idea and believing in “compassionate conservatism.” (Made ordinary conservatism look uncompassionate.) Signing McCain-Feingold after promising to veto it during the 2000 election. Neutering the Treasury secretary and failing to push for tougher oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, thus contributing to the housing crash and economic crisis we have experienced for going on two years with no end in sight.Authorizing torture against terror suspects both guilty and innocent. Holding an American Citizen illegally in total sensory deprivation for multiple years, violating both our laws and the common decency of humanity.Using extraordinary rendition to put terror suspects into the hands of foreign governments for "questioning" not only wrong in it's own right, but a stupid foreign policy action giving only tentatively friendly governments leverage against the U.S. Failing to use our initial success in Iraq to bring about a wider Middle East peace plan when Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia were all ready to negotiate with Israel. Intervening in the Terri Schivo case in violation of everything conservative government advocates are supposed to believe. Requiring such fierce loyalty in your supporters, that dozens of more moderate pundits and potential office seekers have been forced out of the party. This set up the Democratic takeover of Congress since many moderate or democratic leaning districts had candidates running with such extreme right-wing views they had no chance of winning. Scott Brown's views would make him a Democrat in every state south of Maryland. Reinforcing his image as a fool overseas by constantly acting like the cool Babe Ruth league coach instead of a world leader.Investors got a lower capital gains tax rate, but the S&P 500 fell by 40% during Bush's term.(measured from the day Bush was elected to the day Obama was elected.Et's not forget W's penchant for snap judgments and rash decisions all compounded by his colossal stubborn streak. If he had the sense and intellect to transcend the moment, these personal failings could be forgiven. Judging by what transpired during his watch, I would say his inability to listen and adjust accordingly was a major liability. If the GOP wants to run on the wonder years of the Bush era, we'll be more than happy to again be the recipient of America's "refudiation" of the GOP agenda.

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ESocialBookworm says2014-03-27T13:00:39.3639029-05:00
Me =)
jery1569 says2014-03-27T13:10:48.5774993-05:00
Neither one.
abyteofbrain says2014-03-27T13:12:48.7138694-05:00
There are no macroscopic equals in this world.
SweetTea says2014-03-28T03:54:48.8946439-05:00
I understand Bush more, since reading his memoir. Still, he was a mediocre President. He gave Cheney far too much authority. Dare I say it? He couldn't control him! Iraq was a senseless, baseless war. That took over 5,000 American lives. And frankly, there were better ways to respond than going to war in Afghanistan. Both created enormous debt for the nation. Despite the economy spiraling out of control, Bush did nothing (like Hoover) till the market crashed. His bailout deal, that left CEOs in their jobs, was another expensive mistake. Even the 9/11 Commission Report insinuates that his administration could have done more to avoid that attack. Http://www.Nytimes.Com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-warnings.Html?_r=0
imabench says2014-03-28T03:57:22.1000338-05:00
Its weird that you could combine all the brain cells of everyone who voted for Bush and you'd STILL be in single digits.....
NedStarkshead says2014-04-05T09:36:01.9615259-05:00
Nally got mad when the black man decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick Thinking that Iraqis would welcome liberation and immediately embrace Western-style democracy, and failing to manage the occupation of Iraq properly. (How can people defend Bush on the basis that he kept us safe after 9/11 without also blaming him for 9/11? If he had the power to keep us safe after 9/11 then why didn’t he keep us safe on 9/11?) Bullying the intelligence community into giving him the justification to start a war in Iraq over non-existent WMDs.Bush authorized warrantless NSA wiretapping in October 2001. However, Joseph Nacchio former CEO of Qwest convicted April 19, 2007 of insider trading reported that the NSA in a meeting on February 27, 2001 (1 month after Bush became President and 6 1/2 months before 9/11) tried to sign Qwest up to a warrantless surveillance program and that when Nacchio refused the NSA pulled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts from the company.. FDA restricting the mission FDA: drug testing; food safety: underfunding, cutback in inspections and inspection staff (a decrease of 12% between 2003 and 2006), reliance on self-policing, lack of inspection of imported foods, and inability to force recalls. . EPA restricting the mission EPA: mercury levels for coal plants, delay in release of climate change reports; failure to address CO2 levels in global warming: Massachusetts v. EPA April 2007. On May 14, 2007, Bush asked government agencies to come up with a plan and submit it to him 3 weeks before he leaves office. The stalling continued on May 31, 2007, when Bush called for what was termed an aspirational goal of coming up with voluntary limits to greenhouse gases in the next 18 months (or again just before he leaves office) to go into effect after Kyoto expires in 2012. The number of civil cases brought against polluters decreased 70% between 2002 and 2006 compared to the rate in the 1990s. After 9/11, the Bush administration set up a terrorist surveillance program that allowed the NSA to run warrantless surveillance on any electronic communications, including phones and emails, in which one party was believed to reside offshore. An executive order was all that was required. After much controversy, Bush admitted to violating the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. Afterwards, Bush circumvented a court mandate requiring warrants, with a stopgap measure and gave retroactive immunity to Verizon, AT&T, and Qwest for eavesdropping on Americans.In 2001, an effective moratorium was put in place by the Bush administration on government funded stem-cell research. Stem-cells are undifferentiated cells taken from a human embryo, whose remarkable properties can be used to develop cures for debilitating conditions like Parkinson's disease, sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Bush's constraints on stem-cell research hampered scientific progress in this field for 8 years, until overturned by Obama in 2010

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