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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/04/art.reidbush0104.gi.jpg caption="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 Williamson

    Sen Reid was asked a question and gave an honest answer – what was he supposed to do, lie because the election is over? P.S. Bush was a terrible President – look at his entire life – everything that man was involved with (from a business/occupational perspective) went BUST! It was Big-Daddy (Geo. H.W.) who bailed him out, time and again.

    January 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Dan

    Democrats like Reid have done everything they can to paint a false picture of just about everything Bush has done both good and bad. History will in fact judge Bush's tenure – not a bunch of liberals with an agenda. Bush will endure history long after Reid will be forgotten. Fortunatley, I believe Obama will expose Reid and all of you hate-speach liberals for what you are.

    January 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Who was Michael Connell?

    The face in this photo says it all,LOSER.

    January 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. tylenol666

    What a big waste of Salaries from us the TAX Payers ,,

    CMON JAN 20th !!!

    January 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. gloria fabiaschi

    history will point out how this evil excuse for a human being pulled off the biggest coup in the history of the united states. he was never elected! people do not want to believe this but we all know its the truth. at this point in time many people can not face it. oh! i forgot 9/11, you think this vermon did not have anything to do with it? if you do your in denial folks! it was all pre-planned folks! but don't believe me history will reveal it. wait! wait! the constitution, he used that for his personal roll of toilet paper. the facts are all there. i might add this scum bag wasn't the only one who pulled this off he had plenty of company. these rotten filthy people should be brought up on crimin al charges. we all know it.

    January 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Dennis K.


    January 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. JO

    Hey Repubs, Stop whining about change. At some point, you have to turn around and see who has been whacking you over the head the past 8 years.

    January 4, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. mary anne

    I agree totally with La Chatte

    January 4, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Adam from Ohio

    I agree 100% with Harry Reid, but I have to say that Reid is likely one of the worst Senate Majority Leaders we've ever had.

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

    And what, exactly, is the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS approval rating these days? It's LOWER, by the way.

    January 4, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Realist in Virginia

    Like Reid has the foggiest idea of what he's talking about! Bush was no prize, but the fact is Jimmy Carter was far and away the worst President in the last 100 or so years. Reid/Pelosi may be the worst Congressional leadership duo ever seen thus far. Reid is whining in a lame attempt to shift blame.

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

    ...says the worst Senate Majority Leader ever...

    January 4, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Renee W.

    Bush is the worst president in recent history. There may have been some who were equally bad but that was over a century ago. Bush was deceitful, vicious, inept, vengeful, and a fool. He chose war and bravado over diplomacy, greed over regulation, and ideology over concensus. The worst in history maybe.

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

    History books will record Pres. Bush stood up to the terrorists and Demorcrats and did all he could to protect us from another 9-11 attack.

    January 4, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Truely... truely


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

    I am shocked. The most corrupt senate majority leader in history calls a president that has, dispite all the roadblocks thrown in his path by our beloved majority leader, kept this country safe. The worst president ever. Come on "Wild Bill" and Jimmy (I can't do anything right) Carter can't hold his jock. History will hold GW as one of the greatest ever. The press has built up this incoming "empty shirt" as some kind of hero. God help us! His adminstration hasn't even started yet and it's already more corrupt then Ws after eight years.

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

    ' Give em Hell Harry " That's what he and his administration deserve. Now do the brave thing and take them to prosecution as it should be Harry and then We'll give you the credit that you would so richly deserve. Harry saying it is one thing , doing it's another, go get them.

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

    worst worst worst

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

    This isn't news. We already knew that.

    January 4, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Joel Weymouth

    Let me remind all of the mental defects who hate Bush and believe that Obama will restore the love of the world: When the ARABS (they were Muslim Arabs not Irish Catholics) attacked us on 9/11 – All of the Arabs and Muslims and Palestinians were dancing in the streets and celebrating. This was after 8 years of Clinton who was probably the most pro-Muslim president up to that point. My point is, I as an American do not want the love of the rest of the world, I want their fear and respect. The more feared and the more of a reputation of ruthlessness, the less likely they will attack. And as far as Harry Reid is concerned, this is the man who said the Senate (i.e him) has the right to determine who sits in the Senate. Talk about a pip squeak.

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


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

    You gotta be kidding me!

    This from Harry Reid the Numbskull from Nevada who led the worst Senate in history. You can say what you want about President Bush but all I know is we have not been victimized by a terroist attack since 01.

    How can the people of Nevada keep electing this knuclehead?


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

    The odds of this are just astronomical. The worst Senate leader telling us that bush is the worst president. Both are as bad as we have ever had.

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

    If Sen. Harry ried sees president Bush as the worst President of all time, i wouild tell him to take a long hard look at himself in a mirror and take into great consideration as to what is looking back at him,,, after all he as been there through it all, and did absolutely nothing to lend encouragement, besides he was at the forefront of the finical colapse of this country and he like all other dems,, want always to blame the other person,, that is precisely why i bailed out of the Dem party this year, they all seem to be a large group of bafoons..

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

    Harry Reid, Nanci Pelosi, Dodd, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, Al Franken, Barbara Boxer. This is your Congress of change?

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    I just hope B. Obama is strong enough as a leader to compensate their ineptness.


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