I was a little reluctant to put this thread in this part of the forum since it references contemporary politicians, but with one 19th century president and one former president and another soon to be former president, I felt this was the appropriate place. So with polarized politics in the United States, both sides of the political divide are saying the most recent president of the opposing side is the worst president the United States has ever had. Of course you can make the argument that while you may not like Trump or Obama, they are certainly not the worst and likewise James Buchanan is not the worst president in American history. But when it comes to rankings by historians, Buchanan more often than not makes it at the bottom. And I want to issue a challenge to people who make the harshest accusations against contemporary politicians. Important context: James Buchanan is considered responsible for the breakup of the Union and the start of the civil war. So if you believe Barack Obama is the worst President the United States has ever had, could you tell me what James Buchanan did better? If you believe Donald Trump is the worst President the United States has ever had, again, what did James Buchanan do better?