It appears that the top two choices for Rushmore are split along party lines, with Democrats pulling for JFK and Republicans opting for Ronald Reagan. Poor FDR - he only got third place despite steering us through the Great Depression and most of World War II. We guess that he was hurt by the fact that many of those he helped are no longer with us, as well as having had more than three terms to accomplish it all. President Obama, in fourth place, will have to make do with his Nobel Peace Prize for now and Ike, Andy Jackson and LBJ bring up the rear. It's just as well that no one voted for LBJ - it would have been tough to carve those giant ears to scale.
This month's 60 Minutes/ Vanity Fair Poll probes the American psyche on topics such as whether they can explain "the public option" ( they can't) or what people will be doing at their company holiday parties if they have one to go to ( half don't). We also attempt to determine people's opinions on subjects such as the future of the U. S. Postal Service, the legitimacy of domestic militias, recovering lost artifacts, participating in national ceremonies and more. We begin with a monumental question; the greatest civilizations in history, such as Egypt, Greece and Rome, were prolific at building monuments to themselves, and America is no exception.
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