The Independent asked its "experts" to write a short piece about America's worst presidents.. interesting Carter, Hoover and Coolidge get one vote each.. GWB gets three.. yes folks he is a winner. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1963227.ece George W Bush: chosen by Owen Dudley Edwards The question "who is the worst US president" is something I have thought long and hard about and the answer is very simple: it is the incumbent president. I had previously thought that Nixon was the worst and there were other candidates such as Warren Harding - but they all pale in comparison to Bush. He has displaced all his predecessors. Nobody has been quite as appalling. George W Bush - chosen by A C Grayling Bush certainly is the worst president since the start of the 20th century. Before then, there was very little that US presidents could do. They did not have the same influence in world affairs that they have today. So since the start of the 20th century is the only basis for comparison. The first reason for Bush being the worst US president is his insensitivity and his ignorance. Before he became president he was asked questions such as what is the capital of Sweden - and he showed that he was very, very poorly prepared.