TLP: Happy Presidents Day, America. And the Winner is ...
Big month for Ronald Reagan. First, he clocks the centennial. Now, for Presidents Day, he scores the top spot in a poll that asked Americans to name the "greatest" president. Admittedly, neither honor is especially meaningful to him, circumstances being what they are.
Number 40 is No. 1. Just in time for Presidents Day, Ronald Reagan tops a list of the nation's greatest chief executives, ahead of Abraham Lincoln, according to a new survey out Friday.How about that? Obama breaks the top 10 after only two years and W still ranks up there. And the top spot is nothing new for Reagan: he or Lincoln or JFK have ended up there in every poll over the last dozen years.
The Gallup Poll puts Reagan, with 19 percent, in the top spot for the third time. Reagan also occupied the position in 2001 and 2005 -- and he has been in the top three eight times since Gallup started asking the "greatest president" question 12 years ago.
Lincoln garnered 14 percent, followed very closely by Bill Clinton, with 13 percent.
John F. Kennedy, who was on top in 2000 and tied with Lincoln in 2003, came in fourth this year.
The country's first president, George Washington, is fifth on the list.
Gallup said respondents are more likely to mention recent office-holders because "the average American constantly hears about and from presidents in office during their lifetime, and comparatively little about historical presidents long dead."
Four of the five most recent presidents are in the top ten this year: Obama (No. 7), George W. Bush (No. 10), Clinton, and Reagan.
So celebrate however you like. Eat some jelly beans, buy a Reagan stamp from the Postal Service. What the fuck, you can always just mark the day by wearing a favorite t-shirt.