I can't be the only reporter whose inbox is regularly refilled with denouncements of Barack Obama as "the worst president in American history."
I put quotes around the phrase because its nearly unvarying form and widespread use suggests it has become a mantra for a slice of the populace. It is akin to the presidential epitaphs we learned in grade school: Washington was "the Father of his country." Lincoln was the "Great Liberator."
Obama, his detractors say, is the worst. Not just a bad president, not even a really bad president, but the absolute worst. Case closed.
Usually when we dislike someone, we're willing to concede him a redeeming...