January 4th, 2009
05:05 PM ET
5 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. Slappy Gillis

    Let's see- we've been attacked how many times since 911?

    January 4, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Jon

    Anyone who claims Bush is the worst president we've had has never opened a history book.

    January 4, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. AlwaysRight

    If you want a President who'll negotiate with terrorists go find another country. Otherwise, get on your knees and thank your lucky stars that we have had a President who was not afraid to act. God bless President Bush.

    How ungrateful we Americans have become that we can't stomach the reality of the world we live in. If you think Israel is the problem, I'd like for you to spend a few minutes in their shoes. How long do you think we'd tolerate Mexico firing rockets into Texas?

    January 4, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Ken Rigsby

    In ten years, if Iraq stabilizes, I bet Bush will be seen as a great president. He spent his entire time in office trying to protect us after 9/11. Really, his entire presidency has been dominated by anti-terrorism, in one form or another.

    Like his tactics or not, like the war or not... we haven't been attacked since. No one can say for sure if that's because of him or not, but I don't care about the "why", just the results.

    January 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Ann

    Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me.

    January 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. GOP Supporter

    Harry Reid....another one!! Just wait. You think GWB was the worst. Obama doesn't have a chance with these clowns! A decent man, but I feel sorry for him. He really is a Republican but he wouldn't have been elected the that way.

    January 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Grant E in MD

    in my opinion, although he was not a very good president, G W Bush is NOT the worst president – he falls in at 3rd place behind Buchannan and Hoover. Harry Reid's sense of history is a bit distorted. But, then, he is to senate majority leadership as G W Bush is to presidency – also very bad. The Senate needs a Lyndon Johnson – very badly. And the House needs a Sam Rayburn. We have pipsqueeks running the congress. I wonder how Pres.Obama will get anything done.

    January 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Tom in TN

    Doesn't the blame REALLY lie with the American people?

    We all knew he was a liar and a traitor by 2004.

    Succumbing to fear in the face of the terrorist tactics used by Bush and Co. during the 2004 election I believe DOES put the blame for the last four years of the doward spiral of America squarely in the lap of the people of America.

    The same line of reasoning goes for Congressmen (like Reid) being reelected when they are known by the people to be worse than worthless.

    We have met the enemy and he is US.

    January 4, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Palin Fan

    Another prediction – Palin will be elected president and Bush ratings will be higher than Obama's in 2012.

    January 4, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. GOP Supporter

    Harry Reid....another one!! Just wait. You think GWB was the worst. Obama doesn't have a chance with these clowns! A decent man, but I feel sorry for him. He really is a Republican but he wouldn't have been elected that way.

    January 4, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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