This is a reference only for WSJ paid online subscribers. Tom Fleming, today, answers Nancy Pelosi's accusation the G.W. Bush is the worst president. Nancy will never live down that vicious act of cowardice; (cowardice because President Bush was known to never rebut his abusers) it will tarnish her name for generations. Fleming points out how little the Democratic Speaker of the House knows.
Fleming points to John Adams complete abdication of responsibility twice while president. He cites Jefferson's aggressive protectionism that led to decades of economic depression, his neglect of the navy which led to countless British attacks and ignominies and his final abdication of office. Fleming ignores Jefferson's destruction of national banking which led to 140 years of financial chaos.
Fleming cites Madison's laid back behavior while Britain burned Washington D.C. He mentions Woodrow Wilson's anti-Irish pique and segregation of the federal government. Hell, he doesn't mention that Wilson fired over 5,000 black government employees, wiping out 40 years of racial progress. Wilson also got 144,000 men killed in France for a war he believed would end before American troops got to Europe.
Fleming reminds us of Harding's dalliance with Nan Britton in the Oval Office while his cabinet became a seat of corruption. He also points out FDR's bad mouthing business that may have created the 1937-38 re-depression. Finally he cites Jimmy Carter's four years of stagflation as a terrible economic nightmare while Carter blamed Americans for its 'crisis of spirit'.
I might add John Tyler's many direct efforts to support the Confederate cause and provoke the Civil War. I'll also add Jimmy Carter's anti-Semitism that created long term Gaza, Egypt-Israeli problems and Carter's total defeat and humiliation by Iran that created a generation of Middle Eastern attacks on America.