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By Reed Tucker February 16, 2015 | 5:00am nypost.com

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“Presidents are human beings,” author Brian Abrams tells The Post. “They behave in ways we can relate to.”
True. Who among us isn’t in the habit of starting every morning with a mug of hard cider, like John Adams? Or casually showing off our genitalia to colleagues, like Lyndon Johnson?

As is plain in Abrams’ book “Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office,” released this month, being elected commander in chief doesn’t make someone above boorish behavior. Not that it necessarily affected job performance.

“You can’t make this empirical judgment call about whether those who partied performed better than those who didn’t,” says Abrams, who lives in Brooklyn. “You can think of instances where people were total teetotalers and didn’t have much of a reach.

Someone like LBJ, whose scotch-drinking was almost robotic, is considered a master legislator.”

He are six randy anecdotes to celebrate Presidents’ Day:

#1 Thousands on food!

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809

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An 1800 portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
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Our third prez was a foodie before being a foodie was cool. One servant recalled that Jefferson would never eat fewer than eight courses, even when dining alone. He spent the equivalent in today’s dollars of nearly $1,000 a day on food, and amassed a monumental wine collection, dropping more than $300,000 on vino during his two terms.

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