Monday, February 16, 2009

Fillmore Jive

Former President George W. Bush is fond of saying that future generations will fondly recall the horrible choices that constitute his cosmically horrible presidency, and who knows, maybe he's right. It is notoriously difficult to assess the judgments and priorities of future generations: perhaps torture-condoning lawless warmongers with contempt for curiosity and English will people the future. Or maybe, upon adding a few dozen more horrible presidencies to the mix, GWB will rise by comparison into the mostly-forgotten and out of the actively-rued. It's not as though the vision of the future presented in Idiocracy is completely impossible.

For now, though, presidential historians have ranked the previous president in the bottom ten for all time, just behind John Tyler and Herbert Hoover (ouch!) and just ahead of Millard Fillmore and Warren Harding, two of many past presidents famous chiefly for walking the incompetent-forgettable tightrope.

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