Quote from YodafanI'm somewhat surprised by the lack of votes for Warren G. Harding. As far as I can tell, he is widely seen as the worst president ever by historians. I mean, seriously. The man did nothing. Congress had to give him additional powers and responsibilities (The OMB was created for this purpose, if I'm not mistaken-please correct me if I am) solely to ensure that he did something in his four years in the oval office.
And, as much as it pains me to say it, Bush isn't the worst president. He just isn't. Almost any recent president is certainly upstaged by Harding, metinks. I do find it somewhat amusing, though, that Bush and Harding are seen as horrible for (mostly) opposite reasons: Bush did too much, while Harding did far too little.
EDIT: Oh, and how could I forget Harding's various scandals? Teapot Dome, extramarital affairs that put Clinton's to shame (if that matters for you- I personally think it's meaningless), and overall badness define his presidency. At least he admitted that he was never qualified for the job...
On a personal level, I've got to agree with you. Harding was a miserable president. However, Bush is a very close runner-up. I imagine someone should keep track of their various offenses against morality and inane misdeeds, so that the 'Worst Presidents of the United States' master list can be kept up-to-date. Also, while I'm thinking of it, I might as well start the list, in my opinion:
Worst Presidents of the United States, as of 6/17/07
2. Bush (Dubya, not his daddy.)