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. Mike in Seattle

    The irony is that George Bush looks like a leader, an intellectual and a real man when compared to Harry Reid. The little wimp should crawl back under the rock where he belongs.

    January 4, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Aaron from Ohio

    I think it will take decades to actually determine if Bush is really the worst or even one of the worst presidents. A president is judged by his actons and the consequences down the road resulting from his actions. If Iraq stabilizes and heads down the path toward democracy, history will have a much different take on his presidency than we do now. It is possible that he will be credited for making the election of Barak Obama even possible. Two years ago there were very few people who believed that 2008 would see us elect a black man as president. It isn't much of a stretch to argue that it was the very failures of the Bush presidency that made America take a chance on a different path. If that path turns out to be successful, historians could very well claim that there could not have been an Obama without there having been a Bush. His every failure as a president could be seen as a necessary prelude in making this year a turning point in our history.

    January 4, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Harry Reid

    I wonder who is the worst senator we've ever had.

    January 4, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. La Chatte

    Well, well! Isn't that just the pot calling the kettle black? Harry Reid, scumball majority leader, disses scumball president. Let's throw Pelosi on the pile and run them all over with a Hummer.

    January 4, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. rush Joy

    He is a sad thing that happened to the US. He loves wars and killing Arabs and Muslims. I think he enjoys that...
    I hope Obama will come in and stands by his promise not to let lobbyist certainly the Jewish lobbyist like AIPAC interfere with his plan on bringing peace to the middle east and the wold. The world will be better.

    January 4, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Arcanist

    ok, comparing an inept senator, to a president that did everything in his power to turn the U.S. into some corporate theocracy isn't exactly fair.

    January 4, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Salt & Pepper

    Looking back at the history of all the presidents, yes, I to feel this will be a correct statement. He has not did much to further the US let alone our standing around the world. Obama has a BIG job of doing what Bush set out to do and that is to truly "be a uniter".

    January 4, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. CLINTON

    Puddytat January 4th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

    He may go down as the worst President … Obama will go down as the RACIST one that sent Black kids to College and White kids to war.

    WHAT PUDDYTAT? THIS IS NOT TRUE BECAUSE IT HASN'T HAPPENED, I'M NOT EXACTLY DEFENDING HIM BUT MAYBE THIS TIME HE WILL SEND THE CORRECT BALANCE TO THE MILITARY, AS FAR AS I KNOW OBAMA IS ENDING THE IRAQI MISERABLE MESS BUSH LEFT (I HOPE...)

    January 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. schneider.360

    Puddytat: of all the stupid comments i've ever read on here that may be the worst. first of all, how is obama racist? he ran on the fact that this country has moved beyond racism. it's really sad that such a critical moment in the progress of this country's acceptance of each other can be spun into actually the exact opposite of what is happening. racism is only still around because of people like you.

    secondly, the only reason we're even still fighting in the middle east is because of bush. if obama were in charge 6 years ago we wouldve taken care of our business in Afghanistan and thousands of american lives would have been spared. yes, obama is going to bring us into war again in the middle east, but george w. bush is to thank for that.

    January 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Evan

    Bush was defiantly the wost president we have ever had. I hope that in the years to come he will be prosecuted for his crimes agents the world.

    There has never been a successful occupation such as the Israelis have now. It will end in blood on both sides and a return to the status quot. The only way for the Israeli's to live in peace is to flee the middle east as they should have years ago.

    January 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. david goldman

    WHILE REID IS TELLING THE TRUTH, HE SHOULD TELL THE

    WHOLE TRUTH. WE'VE ALSO HAD THE WEAKEST CONGRESS EVER

    BUSH WAS ALLOWED TO TRUMP ALL CHECKS & BALANCES.OUR

    CONGRESS HAS PROVEN TO BE JUST AS DECEITFUL & SPINELESS.

    January 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Drew Williams

    Obama need not make any statement on Israel until he is President, and when he does, it need not be in unequivical support. Like any powerful nation, Israel is capable of acting in proportions that far outweigh the original crime. The Jews were victims of the very "for-everyone-you kill-we-kill-ten-of-yours" philosophy they're now employing, for God's sake. Unquestioning support for Israel no matter how they egregiously they choose to defend themselves from Hamas aggression will serve us not at all. We owe the Israelis no more than we owe any democratic ally.

    January 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Aaron, Chicago

    He's right, bottomline. Bush is a failure in every way possible. He's destroyed everything he's ever been at the helm of. This isn't a party vs. party issue either. It says a lot when Republicans can't defend him and people are already looking at Obama on everything.

    January 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. mike

    A man with a 9% approval rating should keep his mouth shut.

    January 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. chuck

    Pretty much what you would expect a dem to say. Reid and Pelosi vowed from the start to sink Bush and they did. Their partisan attacks hurt everyone of us while they just got richer and more prowerful.

    January 4, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I am; not a particular fan of Reid, but we finally can agree on something....Bush – and his cronies – have been a disgrace.

    January 4, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Joel Parkes

    Any person who has looked into American history to any degree would be hard pressed to find a worse example of a president. Try to think of the founding fathers of America walking around in Philadelphia in the 1770's discussing the rights of the individual, the necessity of a secular state, the nature of the authority of sovereignty and the recognition of the rule of law entrenched in any binding document. Got that? Now think of Bush.

    January 4, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Phillip Bunn

    He sure is! And Sarah Palin would have been the next! Go home FOOLS!

    January 4, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. AJ

    I believe President Bush is the person who can not think and can not feel. These evidently get reflected in his policies and personality. I can not blame him as this the person who he is. I guess he is trying his best.

    January 4, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. tom

    bush i not only worst president in history he is one of teh worst leaders of any nation in history. that said god bless obama and lets pray he can repair the demonic mess bush made.

    January 4, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Don't tread on me

    Thankfully, there are term limits in the presidency.

    ULTIMATELY, TERM LIMITS should be enforced in every elected or politically appointed position with a moratorium on the number of positions one person may hold in a lifetime.

    January 4, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Harry Ried is just saying what many of us feel. W stands for Worstest. W is going to make history alright - by leading the most clueless and out of touch administration in modern history. It is going to take decades to work our way out of his fumbling mis-management. W, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    January 4, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Dave, Central Illinois

    Im still laughing. Reid and Pelosi are the most pathetic excuses for majority leaders this country has seen. They both put politics above country.
    Oh, "Proud American", why don't you pull your head out of your a$$ and your tail from between your legs and use your real name. Your stupid remarks might have a little nore weight that way.

    January 4, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Ken

    Hilarious!! Reid is the biggest loser in the Senate and he is still talking trash! The democrat led Congress has an approval rating worse than the president, but I guess that escapes CNN's attention.

    Hey, where's the story on Richardson withdrawing his big for Sec. of Commerce because he's being investigated by a grand jury.

    Honest and Open government.....YEA RIGHT!! LOL!!!!!

    I only hope we can undo the damage done by these democratic buffoons in 2012. God help us!!

    January 4, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Pat F

    Harry Reid is undoubtedly the worst Senate majority leader in history, so he is an expert at historical worsts. Reid couldn't lead his way out of a wet paper bag with a machete.

    January 4, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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