Letter: Ranking Obama
The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy is named after a former commissioner of the National Basketball Association. Before that job, O’Brien had a long career in Democratic politics.
He is best known for his work as director of John F. Kennedy’s 1952 and 1958 campaigns for the Senate, and as national director for the presidential campaigns of Kennedy in 1960, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and Hubert Humphrey in 1968. He then served two terms as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
His office in the Watergate Hotel complex was burglarized in 1972. The most consequential result of that break-in was the resignation of the president of the United States two years later. Facing certain impeachment and conviction, Richard Nixon left office in disgrace.
If you seek criteria for determining the worst president since World War II, keep in mind that Nixon resigned, Clinton was impeached after lying about sexual exploitation of an aide, Johnson decided to not run for another term because he realized that the war in Vietnam was tearing the country apart, and Reagan sold arms to Iran to procure the release of hostages. George W. Bush started a unnecessary war that haunts us still and sat back as the country slid toward economic ruin.
With the exception of the second Bush, those presidents also had noteworthy accomplishments. President Obama would have many more to his credit if it were not for the absolute lack of cooperation from the Republicans in Congress, who have made frustrating the president more important than serving the country.
ROBERT S. PINGREE