Today is presidents day and no one seems to be celebrating. The subject hasn't even been mentioned on our on line forum. I guess when we started lumping all the president's on one day instead of just honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln; the interests has fallen off. My wife said the banks were open but the post office was closed. I have to admit when I work for the state, I looked forward to having George Washington and Abraham lincoln's birthday off but I never celebrated. It was honored in my childhood but I don't remember any details. Some people think it's a good day to sell mattresses but I do remember buying a a pick up truck on a "president's day sale."
Here a Gullup poll of favorite pesidents.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nation's greatest president -- slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. Reagan, Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy has been at the top of this "greatest president" list each time this question has been asked in eight surveys over the last 12 year.
The old presidents were forgotten because 19% chose Reagan,14% Lincoln,13% Clinton,11% Kennedy,10% George Washington,8% FDR,5% Barack Obama,2% for George W. Bush & Thomas Jefferson.
This is a more significant poll of historians.
The Siena College Research Institute has asked 238 presidential scholars to rank presidents five times since 1982. This year was a polling year. Franklin Roosevelt came in first, Barack Obama at 15th, George W. Bush at 40th, and Andrew Johnson dead last.
The scholars rank each president on 20 different characteristics before arriving at the overall scores. Here's a look at some of the characteristics the historians were asked to rank and which presidents they thought exemplified them best.
I have the full list on my iPad but I was unable to do that for this blog...Maybe tomorrow I will email it from my iPad to desktop unless someone provides the link.