Originally Posted by torontomichael
A historical-based question; Has any USA president ever handed off to the incoming President the nation being in 2 wars and a global economic/financial crisis? Is this the worst-ever Presidential hand-off?
I'd say George Washington had the worst. He was expected to set several precedents for future presidents to follow. His administration was the first and it came on the heels of the Revolutionary War. He had to literally build a new country, from the ground up.
Then, there was Ulysses S. Grant. His administration took over after the Johnson administration, the successor to Lincoln, after his assassination. The country was deeply divided from the civil war and relations between the Northern and Southern states was, at best, strained.
Must we mention the depression era? Hoover took office and within months, our country was in a severe economic depression. While he bore no causative responsibility for the depression, his inaction to 'head things off at the pass' resulted in record unemployment. After Hoover's disastrous do nothing 4 years, Roosevelt took over and had to see the country through recovery from the depression only to see a world war that lasted until his death. Harry Truman had to finish off the war mess with a bomb drop on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, which took HUGE balls, I might add.
The Vietnam war era wasn't too nice of a handoff, either. After Johnson left office, Nixon took over and seen the Vietnam War last throughout most of his presidency.
Reagan inherited a huge economic mess from Jimmy Carter. Unemployment was higher than it is now and the interest rates were running high double digits.
No question about it. Obama inherits one hell of a mess. How much is actually Bush's fault is up to history to decide. But, here's his chance to make a mark and a positive one at that. I'm willing to give him a chance. He's going to find out when he gets in that everything he thought was
, isn't as cut and dried.