Prepare for the Donald Trump temper tantrum. President Obama and First Lady Hillary Clinton were just named the “most admired” man and woman of 2017.
For 71 years, Gallup has surveyed Americans asking them who they admire most, and it’s the sitting president who usually takes the top spot. But not this year.
With 17% the vote, President Obama beat out Donald Trump, becoming just the second former president to be named “most admired” over the incumbent.
Hillary Clinton, whom Trump hates just as much, was named “most admired” woman with 9% of the vote, far ahead of Melania Trump, who only received 1%.
According to Gallup:
The 2017 survey marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman. She has held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else. Eleanor Roosevelt is second with 13 wins. Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 — the year he was first elected — and this year, his first as a former president.
The incumbent president has won 58 of those times. Previous incumbent presidents who did not finish first include Harry Truman in 1946-1947 and 1950-1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1967-1968, Richard Nixon in 1973, Gerald Ford in 1974-1975, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George W. Bush in 2008. All but Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974 had job approval ratings well below 50%, like Trump.
This news will likely enrage Trump, so his aides should probably try to hide it from him as much as possible. After all, we remember how pissed off Trump was after learning that his inauguration crowd size was smaller than both of President Obama’s in 2009 and 2013. And it wasn’t that long ago that Trump threw a hissy fit because Obama has been on the cover of Time Magazine more than him.
So, it’s likely Trump’s fragile ego won’t be able to handle President Obama being more admired than him. But it’s safe to say most Americans would rather tolerate the temper tantrum instead of suffering through incessant boasting.
Sorry, Donald. President Obama is STILL better and more popular than you.
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