Barack Obama is being hailed as the first former President to bluntly criticize a sitting Executive publicly. While his words at the Democratic National Convention were frank, they are far from the most biting commentary ever recorded.
During Wilson’s bid for reelection in 1916, none other than Theodore Roosevelt shared a rather harsh opinion of the sitting President in a typed letter to a government official:
“His conduct in Mexico, his conduct in the face of Germany, and his conduct in the face of the hyphenated Americans at home, stamps him as being, on the whole, the most wretched creature we have had in the Presidential chair…”
Tell the country how you really feel, TR.