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Thursday, November 11, 2004

The Worst President in U.S. History?

I honestly believe that Gerald Ford was the best president in U.S. History. So maybe it is only by comparison that the man who defeated Ford -- Jimmy Carter -- would be seen as the worst president ever. During 1976 - 1980 era, it felt as if everything was going wrong, as indeed much was. But at the same time nothing was going right, even though Carter seemed like such a nice man, and so deserving of our sympathies. Indeed, the more we reflect on that era, and the more we learn about it, the more we really think Carter was a bad president! These problems are described in detail in this book by Steven Hayward.

To read a very enjoyable and well-written review of the book, try this one in the Weekly Standard.

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