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. Bob

    It is so amazing to watch the hatred on both sides. Yes, Bush is not one of the best Presidents and that is true. However, it is also true that the controlling Democrats for the past couple of years are no better. They did nothing to stop the war. Did nothing to curtail the Bush Administration. Just goosed stepped like every other politician. I think coming out and badmouthing another politician reeks of trying to cover up your own incompetence.

    BTW.......My vote for the worst President falls with Jimmy Carter. This man damaged this country tremendously and enjoyed every minute of it. Not a Bush fan but I am confident that he hates what has happened to the USA.

    January 4, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Rodger Malphan

    Harry Reid is a disgrace to the Senate-which really contains many deplorable human beings (Republican and Democrat). His criticism, while perhaps partly true but he is no better. Reid's decision-making as majority leader puts him right up there with the president.

    January 4, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Ed Lawler

    Bush was/is terrible, but I think the Senator has slective memoty. How about Carter. That guy, as Pres was an excellent peanut farmer.

    January 4, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Conservative Democrat


    January 4, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Speider

    I wonder what the U.S. would do if Canadian fanatics who didn't agree with "48/40 or fight" were launching rockets into our border towns?

    January 4, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. IndependentfromTexas.

    This isn't a surprise. But, Harry Ried also qualifies for one the worst majority leader for his vitriols; he can't get one Rep to cooperate. Bush himself is not bad, but he surrounded himself with hard-core Rush Limbugs like Chaney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz etc. neo-conservatives are war-mongering buffoons.

    January 4, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Kim

    puddytat, are you SERIOUS??? You do realize that there are more minorities fighting for your right to be a racist pig than there are white boys right? WOW, as a white woman, I am offended that ignorant people like you get to speak for the rest of us

    January 4, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. chris24

    Reid is a moron, but, he got this one right.

    puddytat: you are a bigot

    January 4, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Kb , madison WI

    seriously though ,when you stop and think about it...everyone of you out there knows that Bush is the worst president in the history of the United States of America.

    January 4, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Mike

    Aaron from Oho: You're wrong. It doesn't take decades to determine if a president's legacy is good or bad in all cases. Safe to say, from shredding the constitution to involving the country in two hugely unpopular wars to being in charge as the Second Great Depression begins, Bush and company have been utter failures. It doesn't take decades and a Ph.D. to recognize that level of failure.

    January 4, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. dan

    If President Bush could have run for a 3rd term, I would have supported him enthusiastically. He did exactly what the country wanted after 9-11, and was cheered for it. He also won re-election handily. But, as always, Americans are fickle in their convictions and above all, they are short on memory. Had Romney been the nominee of the Republicans, as he should have been, the Bush White House would be handing the baton to him now.

    January 4, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. gary fortier

    Reid has no idea what's going on in this world. He is totally out of it -just like the rest of the politicians and will, if he uses what litttle brain he has, discover shortly that the worst is yet to come. And he is part of it. GW is much better than BC ever was, history will prove it.

    January 4, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. carol

    Harry Reid is so right....Bush has been a disaster, we need a government that works for the people not special interest groups and I hope PE Obama will keep this transparency idea going to keep everything and everybody honest.

    January 4, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Linda Stephens

    Bush did the best he could to protect the American people..history will make his legacy sound. You have to consider the source with Reid. We are really giving up the best and finest first lady ever in our history.Congress needs to start doing something to earn all that money they give themselves!

    January 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Ray

    I disagree. Worst President? Most imcompent, in the current age. Jimmy Carter. Biggest Crook by far. Lyndon Johnson. Bush in heads and sholders above those two.

    January 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Arron

    Saying Bush is the worst president in history is simply stating the obvious. One good thing about Bush, it exposed how morally bankrupt and dangerous the policies of conservatives really are. Perhaps now we can banish this discredited ideology to the scrap heap of history.

    January 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. jnall

    are people forgetting that the president can't really do much without congress? it just pisses me off when people talk all that stuff about the president and say nothing about the people behind them. he can't do much without congress, at least all the stuff people blame him for. you voted for them, so you should blame yourself just as much.

    January 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Mike

    Eric Jones:

    Care for a little euthanasia? Labor camps? Building Autobahns? Or what do you mean with "we can not support those who do not work"? Are your mum and dad still working?

    January 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. The Other Thing He "Saw"

    In the same interview he said that he agreed with the way that Bush has handled the Israeli conflict. Is it possible that not everything Bush has done is evil and misguided?

    January 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. American citizen

    I would not go that far to say that President Bush has not been a good
    leader. You must understand, he has protected our government and we have not had any more attacks in the USA since he has been in office. Do not blame him for the deaths in our military as the military men and women know when they go in, there may be a chance they will go to war and may never come home. That is the chance of any military person. Look at any war people do not make it out sometimes. So get a grip on understanding war and military. By the way for your record i have family that are military as well.

    January 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Arne from London

    Ghee Wizz ! Took you Americans a full 8 years to figures that out !

    January 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. DN

    George W. Bush will be seen as the worst president in American history. Just looking at the books that have already been written, and the man hasn't left office yet, speaks volumes (I can only imagine the volumes that are published in the next several years). But Senator Reid didn't need to say those things. It's akin to saying that the Detroit Lions were an awful team this year. It's obvious and doesn't need to be repeated again.

    January 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. dick johnson

    bush's pandering to the loser right wing nuts has earned him this title! when will these losers learn you cannot mix religion and state – abortion and other issues are personal issues not to be discussed and biteen to the pulp. bush go away ps take your only fan laura bush with you....

    January 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Pog Mahon

    Only a selfish fool would refuse to recognize Bush/Cheney as the worst Presidency in our history. But we'll have to wait and see if the Rublicants as a political party will try to evolve into some thing positive?

    January 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Kathy in Florida

    W is the worst president ever....But Reid is the worst majority leader ever. And Nancy Pelosi is right behind them. I am a die hard democrat.

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