January 4th, 2009
05:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Leading Democrat: Bush 'the worst president we've ever had'

Sen. Harry Reid, pictured here with Pres. Bush in an April 2008 file photo, stood by his persistent criticism of the 43rd president in an interview Sunday.
Sen. Harry Reid, pictured here with Pres. Bush in an April 2008 file photo, stood by his persistent criticism of the 43rd president in an interview Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a leading Democrat is not letting up in his criticism of President George W. Bush.

“I really do believe President Bush is the worst president we’ve ever had,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Reid pointed to Bush’s failed plan to privatize the Social Security program and also said Bush “has done his very best to destroy Medicare” in order support his assessment of Bush’s presidency.

Asked by David Gregory if he had any regrets about his persistent criticism of Bush, Reid responded, “I am who I am.”

“I think you just have to call things the way you see them.”

soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. Not rocket science

    Just the Arabs and Muslims who cannot live in peace with their nieghbors...

    January 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Josh Maloney

    Forget what the History books will say. Bush deserves a third term (along with Cheney) in prison.

    January 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Tom Bernard

    Harry Reid is the worse and if anyone listens to him they are as bad as he is. He does not belong in congress!!!! What has Harry done? answer that question?

    January 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Jerry from Illinois

    Baloney. Most of the people who think President George W. Bush is the worst president ever couldn't even name ten former presidents if they tried, especially former presidents who served prior to Franklin Roosevelt.

    January 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. James Croak

    Senator Reid? The one Senator most responsible for the housing crisis and the subsequent melt-down of the American, and by extension, global economy.

    This is a distraction tactic, too many people looking at Reid, the majority leader, and wondering how he could not see this mess coming.

    Worst Senator, ever. By a mile.

    January 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Bush = Worst President EVER anywhere
    The real tyrant in this world. Too bad he is not smart enough to do anything on his own. He's got to share this title with his beloved daddy

    January 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Patricia

    I have all but lost my livelihood as a result of the economic climate this wet spot spawn of a president has put us in.
    Being self employed, I cannot afford insurance, cannot get unemployment benefits, am not 'poor enough' for welfare........basically I'm screwed........I'm working as hard as I can, am well educated, but broke!
    Thanks Mr. Bush.

    I hope this country learned a valuable lesson. Never lean so far to the religious war mongering conservatives ever again!!

    January 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. H. A. Hollenbeck

    I believe Bush is the worst ever in recent memory (100 yrs) everything hr touches turns to poop!

    January 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Patricia Watkins

    Harry Reid is right, George W Bush is the worst president the United States has ever had, he is stupid, he is bully, he is arrogant and dumb, very glad to see him go can't wait for his permanent exit.

    January 4, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Matt Marty

    Read a history book. All this shows is Harry doesn't know American history. Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover were all much worse than Bush.

    January 4, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. jimbo

    01.20.2009
    End of a error

    January 4, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    in other news, the sky is blue.

    January 4, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. T from TN

    Screw the critics! I've never felt safer as I have the last 8 years. Bush has done everything in his power to proctect the American people. There are so many fanatics out there that would love to see the USA and democracy fail. Bush is a good man and a man with conviction that has guided this country through the worst attack on our soil in history. I can safely say that Clinton, Obama, Pelosi and Reid would not have been able to stand with conviction and resolve against the terrorists that want to bring harm to our people (who happen to be American and non-American) and to our country. As far as Bush being the "cause" of thousands of deaths".....he certainly doesn't stand on that platform alone! However, I would NOT
    put him in the same sentence with Sadaam, Hitler or Stalin!

    January 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. charlie in ftl

    This just in: The sky is blue

    January 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Pog Mahon

    September 11th happened well into the Bush/Cheney Presidency, and they were warned in a "White House Briefing" a month before the attack in early August. He refused to acknoweldge the threat, let alone do anything about it. Now the Bushies want us to forget the first year and say they kept us safe for the seven years after September 11th, forget this major failure and all the many that followed during the remainder of his two terms?!
    What about all the increased terrorist attacks around the world – Bush/Cheney would like us to think the rest of the world doesn't matter!
    Bush's one quote that sums up his Presidency -
    "Fool me once ..............ah ...... ah ....... we can't get fooled again."
    When wasn't he wrong?

    January 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. JML

    Not surprising coming from the worst Senate Majority Leader in history

    January 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. RPGR

    Talk about stating the obvious . . .

    January 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. MIKE

    GEORGE BUSH IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO THIS COUNTRY,YOU WILL ALL REALIZE THAT WHEN THE TERRORISTS RETURN.

    January 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Steph I.

    Well well well "worst ever" is about right. Look in our lifetime we have seen the best the craziest and the worst. The corrupt midget did what he did to get his fathers' approval and forgot that he is the highest servant in the land to the people of this great country.
    yeah he will have the blood of many on his hand and it will take a lot of Excedrin PM for him to get over the political hangover from his Foreign Policy to his "Domestic Policy" .
    I am not fooled at all and I know even the most staunchest of the Republican supporters have to be glad that this little man is gone.
    Besides what one single man in Iraq did to little man ; Throwing his shoes, is felt all over the world.. little man used the planet as his toilet and well some people don't like him and there is no law that says you have to respect him or praise him;

    January 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Chris W, Tampa

    Bush should have been put in jail instead of re-elected.
    Barack Obama has got to do a better job or this country is through with.
    If youre still a Republican after the last 8 years, it's almost at the point where the rest of us have a duty to round you people up and put you in "re-education camps" or something! I say this because despite the global disaster the W admin has been- these elephants wanted to scale up the clown count and PUT PALIN IN THE WHITE HOUSE since we know McCancer would've lasted a few months. When you take away all the little laughs and sighs it's actually really really scary to think about that scenario, it makes Bush seem sane.

    January 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. steve

    We all know that President Bush was not a very good president. But it sure seemd to me that CNN does everything it can to run him down.Last week when Fox News had a story about all the times Bush visited the soldiers families when the returned they from Iraq. How many times he had visited the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed. Cnn didnt run the story. This web sites does everything it can to paint the republicans in a bad light. They have a littel over two weeks and then watch how they shut up about all the crap Obama pulls. Did CNN every run a story aboout how illegal all of his campagin contributions were or where they come from?

    January 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Darryl Schmitz

    We share some of the blame for continuing to elect spit-polished TV politicians instead of statesmen.
    We deserve the consequences of supporting the deceitful, bought and paid for shysters we get.

    January 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. E

    He really wants attention doesnt he?
    How about we let go of the hatred and move on.!
    Just a thought.

    January 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    Not in defense of Pres. Bush...but ..uh..where is the Senate and Congress holding resposniblity here...this can't just be the misfourtune of one individual....remember...'checks and BALANACES'?

    January 4, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Tam

    You may not want the Social Security, the medicare expenses, the other social nets but -- there but for the Grace of God go you and I - and what then?

    January 4, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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