America’s Worst Presidents

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President Richard Nixon.

Tyson Head, Editor

America has had many unfortunate presidents throughout the years, including William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan, Richard Nixon, and as recent as Bill Clinton.

March 4, 1841, Mr. William Henry Harrison delivered the longest inaugural speech ever on a “Cold, wet, rainy day” wearing no overcoat or covers; Something very ill advised due to his old age of 68. Harrison must have thought he had something to prove writing an inaugural speech of 8,445 words, being around two hours in length. Harrison went on to die 31 days later, of pneumonia believed to have been brought on by the harsh weather during his speech. This marked the shortest presidency to date, and the first presidential succession, with John Tyler being sworn in as the 10th president of the United States April 6, 1841. Making the only worthwhile thing Harrison’s presidency contributed was the revision of the presidential line of succession.

Abraham Lincoln is the most probable consensus for the best president of all time, but he may have not been so great if it weren’t for how horrible his predecessor was. James Buchanan was sworn in as President of the United States March 4, 1857 as the 15th leader of the country; He was horrible, to say the least. As the country realised there was no possible way to continue on as a nation built on the back of slaves, Buchanan decided to aggree, but not go through with his promises. Just as the slave debate reached its peak, Buchanan left the nation as a hot potato being thrown to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, however, went on to take the responsibility and become America’s favorite president.

Richard Nixon started out mostly innocent, or at least it seemed that way. The President held a reputation which spoke for itself; he was mean, corrupt, and attempted to cover up most things which happened during the Vietnam War. But it was the Watergate Scandal that put his name in the ground. Burglars, believed to have been on Nixon’s payroll broke into the Democratic Party National Headquarters to steal evidence which could be used against his political rivals. Nixon eventually amounted three accounts of impeachments against him, and officially resigned August 9, 1974. Nixon was pardoned by his Vice President, Gerald Ford, who became the next president. 

No president has made a mockery of the presidency quite like Bill Clinton. From 1995 to 1997 President Clinton had a sexual relationship with 24-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He ended a televised speech in 1998 by stating, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”, a lie. He was later served with two impeachments, those being perjury and obstruction of justice, of which he was acquitted and walked scott free, still married to the woman he cheated on. According to Cole Lombard, “He just straight up disgraced the White House. Nobody respected any president after that.”