Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best of BS: Top 10 Worst Presidential Errors

Academia has spoken and (amazingly enough) Bush gets a pass from the Top 10 egregious errors committed from the Oval Office.

The survey was conducted by a group of presidential historians (organized by the University of Louisville's McConnell Center) and the list was announced this past Saturday.

10) Clinton's Monica Lewinski/impeachment scandal

9) Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair

8) John F. Kennedy allowing the Bay of Pigs Invasion that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

7) Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.

6) James Madison's failure to keep the United States out of the War of 1812 with Britain.

5) Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up.

4) Woodrow Wilson's refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.

3) Lyndon Johnson by allowing the Vietnam War to intensify.

2) Andrew Johnson's decision just after the Civil War to side with Southern whites and oppose improvements in justice for Southern blacks beyond abolishing slavery.

1) James Buchanan didn't do enough to oppose efforts by Southern states to secede from the Union before the Civil War.

Read the full paper and check out the Panel of Presidential scholars that finalized the list.

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