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CB 12’s Boyce: Obama is greatest president ever

Popularity polls don’t put Bam on top

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Oct 4, 2012.

Fresh off a stint as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Community Board 12 Chairwoman Jacqueline Boyce was singing the president’s praises at the body’s Sept. 19 meeting.

Although she said she could not find the words to adequately describe her experience at the DNC, she did share some thoughts with attendees at the meeting.

“I do know that I am more energized than ever and will continue to work with you to improve our community,” Boyce said. “I will be traveling on Saturday to Pennsylvania to continue my involvement in getting out the vote for the greatest president this country has ever known.”

The commander-in-chief does not rank quite that high among most people, however.

In a 2011 Gallup poll among U.S. adults, Ronald Reagan took the top spot as the greatest president with 19 percent, followed by Abraham Lincoln with 14 percent and Bill Clinton with 13 percent. Obama ranked seventh with 5 percent.

In a 2011 survey by the Siena College Research Institute, which asked 238 presidential scholars to rank U.S. presidents, the top five were: Franklin Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Obama, the nation’s 44th leader, came in 15th.

In 2008, some 96 percent of black voters supported Obama, according to Politico, and they made up 13 percent of the electorate — a 2 percent increase from the previous presidential election.

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