John F. Kennedy remains the most popular modern U.S. president, according to a new Gallup poll of the nine most recent presidents, while Jimmy Carter’s approval rating has dropped 9 percentage points since 2006.
Since Gallup began its retrospective job approval poll in 1990, Kennedy has consistently topped the list of most popular presidents, while Richard Nixon has received the lowest approval rating in every poll except the one conducted in 1993. Lyndon Johnson, who now has a 47 percent rating, was ranked last that year.
Kennedy got a thumbs up from 85 percent of respondents.
Consider this for just a moment…
1) John F. Kennedy got a “thumbs up from 85% of respondents.
2) John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963—just over 47 years ago.
3) It appears from Gallup’s methods that they surveyed only those who are 18 years of age or older.
4) Now, if my quick math is right, based on the numbers found here, it would appear that (assuming no significant change in numbers between 2008 and now) that roughly 75% of the population is 18 or older, and of that number, almost 50 % would have been either been infants with likely no memory of the Kennedy presidency, or else born anytime in the last 47 years.
Just out of curiosity, why would we take seriously any kind of polling on presidential popularity—especially among the general public? Seems to me that the prime function of this is to help built the legend, not to really find out anything of substance.
Excepting its occasional anti-religious remarks, Edward Cline's article The Doomsayers is well worth reading as an overview of the malice underlying the great political projects of Obama and his collectivist friends.
A German frozen food company hopes to raise sales with a new
product: Obama fingers. The tender, fried chicken bits come with a
tasty curry sauce. The company says it was unaware of the possible
racist overtones of the product.
Calvin Coolidge adopted a raccoon, whom the Coolidges named Rebecca. It was a gift from a voter in Mississippi.
Walter Mondale (Jimmy Carter's VP) was the first Vice President to have an office in the White House proper.
Gerald Ford was nicknamed "Bozo" for his public clumsiness (although he was one of the most athletic Presidents we've ever had), and Robert Dole "Pineapple" because of his last name.
Nine Presidents never attended college (Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, and--most recently--Harry Truman).
Frank Sinatra was the famous singer who supported Spiro Agnew. After a Sinatra pep talk, Agnew told reporters "I will no resign if indicted," but resigned a month later.
Ronald Reagan received one electoral vote in 1976. Michael Padden, a Republican from Washington, became a "faithless elector" when he went against his pledge to vote for Gerald Ford.
Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Clinton are the only Democrats to have been elected twice. Harry Truman became President upon the death of FDR, shortly after taking office, and then was elected to his own term in 1948. The Republicans have had twice as many incumbent Presidents re-elected during the 20th (and now 21st) century.
John Adams was the first President to be denied a re-election.
The first political party to hold a nominating convention was The Anti-Masons. The meeting was in Baltimore in 1831, and representatives from 13 states nominated William Wirt to be their candidate.
In 1804, the Democratic Republican congressman held a nominating caucus (as opposed to the more open convention that came later) and named Thomas Jefferson their candidate.
We all know about Washington as the Commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and as the first president under the U.S. Constitution. But did you know that Washington was a very successful business man?
During a time period of America’s existence as an English colony and then a young nation – when, to put it mildly, communication and transportation faced challenges – [Washington’s] enterprise processed 1.5 million fish per year sent throughout the 13 American colonies and the British West Indies. The mill he built grinded 278,000 pounds of branded flour annually that was shipped through America and, unusual during colonization, even exported to England as well as Portugal. And in the 1790s, during the last years of his life, this mogul built one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the new nation.
George Washington was an entrepreneur (the backbone of any prosperous society) and a really good one to boot even with the restrictions placed upon him by King George III at the time. Also, Washington was said to have been a very handsome red-haired fellow; unlike the white-haired gentleman with which we have become familiar.
Today is the celebration of Lincoln as well but, since it’s a holiday, I’ll just abide by the old adage that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. So, here it goes. ......................................... He was one of the finest examples of government-in-action that I have ever read and he could spin words with the best of them. ............. I liked his hat.
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." – George Washington