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. Sherrol in Canada

    @Griff January 4th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

    Mr Bush was not a Democrat-President
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    OK Griff, time to take your meds and go lie down!!

    January 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. John

    I agree. GW is the worst president I've ever seen.

    January 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Marilyn Gjerdrum

    George Bush is the worst president we have ever had. However, Harry Reid is the most ineffectual blowhard in the Senate. He is an old maid in pants, always quick to point the finger, and equally adept at backing down under pressure. If the senate had any sense, they would chose a leader with some backbone and conscience, such as Byron Dorgan, Chris Dodd, or Barbara Boxer.

    January 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. arc, Lugano CH

    Criminal January 4th, 2009 1:34 pm ET
    Bush is worst than the "worst President we've ever had;" he's an international criminal who should be prosecuted and imprisoned. Let's see if Reid has the spine to start the process.
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    I agree with you, but sadly, Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rice and co. will never stand trial for their crimes; although much of the world is waiting for justice to be served. I am an American, but I can acknowledge what the current Republican government of my country has done abroad – Abu Ghraib is only one example.

    January 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Tim

    How can anyone say he is the worst president we have ever had? He hasn't even left office yet! We haven't had a chance to see how all of his policies and decisions will pan out. Evaluate his presidency in 10 or 15 years, I am sure we will look at things differently then. The Iraq war is still unpopular amongst most Americans. We will see if peoples perception of the war changes in a few years. All in all, it is too early to say that Bush was the worst president ever.

    January 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Gary

    Bush the worst President? Time will tell; we'll see. I will say that there is a lack of statesmen among USA politicians. Reid and his ilk are partisan to a fault. As Senate majority leader he is a disappointment himself. Reid types trash the opposition automatically as a tactic. Too many politicians claim to be perfect in all things while claiming the other side are always idiots, incompetent, and even evil. Our leaders need to think of America first, not party affiliation first. Both sides of the isle have things to contribute. We are better served by a blend of ideas, not Democrat or Republican dogma. But the atmosphere is made so toxic by remarks like Senator Reid that we have become polarized.

    January 4, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Matt in VA

    Andrea, where were you during the Carter years? I know you were alive but obviously not very alert. Do you not remember the long gas lines, the 21% mortgage interest rates, the high unemployment? What selective memories you all have. Just 24 months ago the DOW was at 14000 yet the Bush admin never got one ounce of credit. Oil prices jump, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac showed how corrupt they are (BTW under Democrat leadership both internally and through support by the likes of Chris Dodd (D) and Barnie Frank (D)) and all of the blame is laid on Bush. Oil prices have dropped but we are still bailing out the financial and manufacturing entities all due to policies of the Dems. How did the Levin bros let the car industry fail in their home state. Until you blame Bush first people open your eyes and minds we are doomed to the same failures.

    January 4, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. ken

    How does that make you feel Mr. Reid? You got fooled by the worst President ever. You also followed him down the path of the War in Iraq and the biggest government bailout in history. What does that make you?

    January 4, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Brett

    Think Twice.... Alike Rice stated that we should thanks BUSH from what he done for the country. Bush did protect every american as he did in past 8 years. That's included 9/11 and clinton caused america down with money issue in 1998, then Bush helped to get little things better (as normal for new president) before 9-11....but, he did not let everything go DOWN!!! we should thanks him for that!

    So, Therefore, Senate's rate is VERY lowest approve than Bush... I dont trust Reid as alway... he will lose.

    Plus, Obama gave the hints that he does not like Reid from he did to floor of the senates.

    January 4, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Carl Justus

    I totally agree, I do not think there has been another president that has mislead and lied to the American even within ten percent of this failed president.
    The sad part about it is, I do not think he has even thought about the damage he has done. He acted within his own world and forgot about the people of this country. He apparently never even considered the consequences of his actions. It was self indulgence to highest degree of self importance, or arrogrance, and of stupidity.

    January 4, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Tig

    I enjoy reading the comments of people that obviously can't name a president beyond Carter. Bush has been blamed for everything from external terrorist attacks to the weather itself. He's not the best president we've had, by far, and the fact that he's a poor speaker and hot-tempered just fuels the fires of disapproval. He is a lot better than people want to give him credit for, however, because the last eight years has seen a rise in a popular trend of Americans verbally hating America. He's our president, therefore he's our country. I'll say the same when your precious Jesus F. Kennedy...oh wait, I mean Obama...takes the stand. I don't like him, but he is an American symbol, and to publicly make the statements that ours is a horrible president does severe damage to our country as a whole. Reid and Pelosi both should be tried for treason and sedition for their glory-hounding and grandstanding at the sake of American integrity. You people got what you wanted and you put an inexperienced "everyman" into the oval office, so for once will you please show some dignity and integrity as an American and shut the hell up?

    January 4, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. decent american

    mr reid ought to pay a little more attention to his own standing... near as i can tell he is not up for any popularity awards himself....

    January 4, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Major

    I just have a one word for Harry Reid. He is a moron.
    God help us with such a morons in US senate.

    January 4, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Marc Blanchen

    I'd probably put Carter and some late- 19th century presidents up there as well. But since when do we care about what is said by Harry Reid. I can't believe he isn't out of office. Obama will CHANGE things though. He'll be the greatest ever!!! HA!
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    January 4, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Sean from NY

    Are you kidding Me!! Who the heck is this Guy to talk...!! He has had to clean up Clintons mess... Now Obama is gonna take the credit for for what Bush has set up.. Hope and Change, what a Joke. Bush belongs up there with some of the Best ever

    January 4, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Western Voter

    To another Harry, it was said "Give 'em hell Harry." He said I just tell the truth about them and they think it's hell! Amen Harry Reid. Amen!

    January 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Reid and Pelosi have failed the American people. So quick to point the finger at Bush.

    January 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. jnall

    oh yea..that thing the lady said about he loves killing arabs and muslims or whatever, isn't very fair either. the reason we went to iraq is to take saddam out of power. the u.s.a is part of the un and was one of the only countries that would be willing enough to take the heat for getting saddam out. the economy was strong enough for that at the time, along with australias, and englands. does everyone forget that it wasnt just the u.s. over there.
    and it makes me mad when people say we were over there for oil, if we were there for oil wouldn't it make the gas cheaper if we were there taking all that rich oil? yes it would, did it? no, we were there to free the oppressed.

    we did a good thing over there. if only people living in the regular civilian world could see the same news the military gets. we get the truth of what's going on. sure really bad things happen over there but many people do not realize how any schools we have built and how much medical aid we have given to people over there. we shoot somebody and wound them, we give them care once battle is over and try to help them. it isn't what people think this war has been. it has done more good than bad on morale standards, and we are creating a strong ally in the middle east for the future. one country at a time makes all the differnce. mile by mile and it's to hard but inch by inch and it's a cinch.

    January 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Jim Hall

    I agree that Bush and his cronies will go down in history as disasterious. I am a strong democrat but also find Reid and Pelosi right in with the Bush mess. They are democrats both of them but are as useless as useless can be Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri

    January 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. VA/DC/MD

    Look who is talking. Reid is at the top of the "worst" list.

    January 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. David

    I couldn't agree more. Worst I have seen in my lifetime. I actually respected Reagan.

    January 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. GODZILLA1

    Reid is right; Bush junior even makes Harding look good!

    January 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Fast Eddie

    Sorry folks, but the worst president is that SCUM BAG with the
    initals of WJC! He preferred getting a BJ from a 18 year old intern
    then running the country. By the way who makes the laws in this
    country? I was always taught it is congress. The president can
    then sign them and they become law or he can veto them!! One
    more thing about Harry Reid look up the word "A-–E" in the
    dictionary and you will see his picture along with WJC. Look up the
    word "FLAMING A-–E in the same dictionary and you will see WJC
    and Harry Reid's pictures TWICE!!!

    January 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. chiffonade

    I'm only sorry this declaration wasn't made during his FIRST term in office. We might have been spared the debacles he perpetrated during his SECOND term. To this day I'm still flabbergasted that the Republican Sheep movement was able to sock Bush in for another term. I think those who finally woke up voted for Obama out of conscience.

    January 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Chuck

    The Senator is right. George W. Bush is the worst president ever, bar none.

    January 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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