The 2000s were the worst decade in 50 years? Apparently so, according to a Pew report, which states that "By roughly two-to-one, more say they have a generally negative (50%) rather than a generally positive (27%) impression of the past 10 years."
Now that I look back, I'd have to agree. Just look at the table below, from the report. You've got 9/11, you've got Katrina, and you've got The Great Recession. Good riddance, indeed.