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. J. Smith

    Would any of you expect Reid to say anything positive about Bush? He never has so why should he start now?

    January 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Tom

    President Bush has been a good president for a very, very limited number of very rich and special interests groups, at the great expense of the rest of America.

    George Bush's qualifications for "The Worst President Ever":
    His acts, and inaction, on Iraq, Al-Qaeda, America's economy and the lack of regulation of America's financial institutions, Katrina, human rights violations and torture, the destruction of America's environment and natural resources, America's huge budget and trade deficits, blocking stem cell research and other medical progress, condoning Israel's aggressive conduct with its Arab neighbors, Alberto Gonzalez's actions within the U.S. Attorney's Office, etc., etc., etc.

    Our country is in much worse shape and much less secure now than it was when George Bush took office.

    He fully deserves the label "Worst President Ever".

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

    Are we the only country that has a President who is mentally
    retarded, stupid and painfully inept and incompetent? Or do
    other countries have Republican presidents, too?

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

    Funny. I remember Jimmy Carter being the worst President ever. Thanks to Carter's inept policies, the world was left with an Islamist terrorist-sponsoring Iran, 18% inflation and nearly 10% unemployment. But you'll never hear the left-leaning media or the Democrats mention those very real facts.

    GWB is many things, but worst president in history isn't one of them.

    January 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. peter

    In my opinion Harry Reid is the worst senate majority leader that the country has ever had. His comments on president Bush were politically motivated and uncalled for,

    January 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. willie

    let's call the kettle black "Mr. Reid", you are the worst senate majority leader EVER! You've owned the senate for 2 years and haven't been able to swallow a fly much less swat one. Bush may not be popular but he's more popular than either the Democratically owned senate or house.............you are sucky

    January 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Gary

    this coming for a democrat? of course he's going to say Bush sucks.

    January 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. old Democrat.....

    Why didn't someone say this after his first, stolen election? I am free of any guilt in being a part of his eight years in office.....Bush, not my fault !!

    January 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Jack E. Jett

    First worthwhile thing I have ever heard the man say.

    Maybe he is a man.

    January 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Analyze This

    A year from now, Bush will come out smelling like a rose! Enjoy your freedom while it lasts. You only have a few more days of it left!

    January 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Reid had better options when answering the "Regrets" question:

    1) That he did not start criticizing Bush earlier;
    2) That Reid could not use some more appropriate words to describe the Bush presidency, as they would be bleeped out by censors;
    3) That Bush still has 16 days to screw this country up even more.

    January 4, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Chris

    I do not think he was a great President and am not sorry to see him leave. But no one man could have done this all by himself. Why did Congress and the Sentate not do their jobs in overseeing the banks I believe as taxpayers we pay taxes for people to be employed in Government to over seen this not just complain and say we did not see it coming. We have the Commerce Department, the Treasury Department, SEC so where were all of these. Everyday all we see is waste in government, people caught not working etc. Where are the people making the big bucks and not seeing this. It is time for all of government to be accountable to the taxpayers. I do not think all these other countries we are telling what to do while we borrow money to be a socialist government by bailing our banks and auto suppliers make us look so powerful and so knowing. We have been fed how well off we are, by pictures of other countries but in truth there are countries as well off or even better and stronjger than us. Perhaps it is time for us to focus on what our government is doing and in truth the morality of the United States

    January 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Johnson

    I'll add my vote for Bush as the single worst president in US History.
    And even as he is on his way out, he's still using his "powers" to make things worse.

    May we never to be so dumb as to elect another Bush. That includes Jeb, and the rest of his whole family.

    January 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. michael flanagan

    Reid has been a despicable liar and a fool for his entire term as Senate Majority Leader. There's nothing he won't say for political gain (e.g.,"This war is lost"), regardless of who ends up paying the price. He's a cranky old lady in a suit, and given his stunning level of ignorance and deceit in so many instances, there's utterly no reason to think he knows one blessed thing about which presidents were more accomplished than others, nor how to decide that question.

    January 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Citizen

    He is the worst thing happened to U.S. He should be brought to trial for war crimes.

    January 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Janice

    Please someone, remind Senator Reid of his dismal work record! He's done nothing except show up most of the time. If Reid, (and a lot of others on the federal payroll) worked in private industry, he would have already been fired! Senators, Congressmen/women, vice-president and others are over paid and a lot of them were wealthy anyway.

    January 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Leigh

    I didn't need to read this to know Bush was the worst president. Anyone stating this glaringly obvious fact is just being redundant.

    January 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    Harry's just trying to change the subject away from his newly disclosed contact with Illinois Gov. Blago over the senate appointment. He's got dirty hands.

    January 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. LifesaJourney

    EVIL LIVES WHERE MADNESS RULES....This is the Bush/Cheney Legacy. I really do believe Bush is not all there mentally. I have honestly wondered if the years of abusing alcohol and drugs left him brain damaged. He certainly never acted like he know what was going on around him at all.

    January 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Fred

    Oh yeah, and great work on the ticker line on your website CNN "Bush declared worst president". When you go to the article and read that this is according to the joke of senator named Harry Reid, you have to laugh. Do you have any real news stories to cover today CNN, aside from the phony Richardson stepping aside, due to being a criminal?

    January 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. GOP Supporter

    If you guys think GWB is worst president, look at Richardson withdrawing from Obama cabinet. This is just the start!! I think Obama is decent man, but not a leader!! GWB's legacy will be determined in the next generation. Stay tuned!!

    January 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Andrew

    I yam what I yam. :)

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

    Given Reids perspective from Pelosi's anal cavity this wouldn't surprise anyone. History will prove the facts but greed and Clinton policy set the stage for the Socialist spiral we are on and Bush and all the King's horses can't correct the result. The first bailout and next with no ability to ever pay it back without either bankruptcy or Socialism are the only alternatives. We have greed, Bill, Hillary and their friends to thank for our headlong fall.

    January 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Brook Mantia

    Are we still talking about that guy?

    January 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Ash

    Just get this man out of office now...he has screwed up everyone and everything in this country for the past 8 years...shame on the people who voted him for a second term because it was just as bad, if not worse than his first term. Let Obama be the man to change the world...

    January 4, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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