Today is President’s Day. Well, not really but we will pretend it is. The first President’s Day was celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided we needed to add Abraham Lincoln to the mix, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that it didn’t matter what date it was on so long as it fell on a Monday (The third Monday in February) so government workers could have a three day weekend. Later it was decided that it really should include all Presidents but the date was kept the same. So this year, it is between Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, not that anyone intended it be that way.
How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.
If you are or were, a President, this is your day. Most of us think it is a day to celebrate the Presidency of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it actually a day to celebrate all the Presidents we have ever had (In the Untied States).
Now you may, or may not like some of the Presidents but you have to admit it’s a tough job no matter who is in office. You can’t please everybody, and sometimes you can please anybody.
We have celebrate those who have served as President since 1968. Lyndon B. Johnson was our President in 1968 and I doubt he felt very respected. Perhaps that’s why this day got stated in the first place! I cannot actually understand why anyone would want to be President, I understand why we need one, but what a thankless job.
But we always seem to find somebody! Or they find us? Many have been war heroes, others business men, lawyers, actors and many have been qualified, and others not so much so. But if you stop and think about it, what makes someone qualified to be President?
Wel, honor those Presidents you choose today, disparage those you don’t like but be thankful either way that you didn’t have to face what they faced every day of their lives!
How to celebrate – Pick at least one President you like and celebrate them on this day. Try and name all the President without looking. Trump is the 45th (But how many served more than one term!) Imagine a President as King, pick the one you think would have been the best.
You think we have weird politics today? Well, it’s always been weird. On September 23rd, 1953 Richard Nixon, then running for Vice-President, was charged with taking improper gifts from those supporting him by giving him valuable items in exchange for his expenses while running for office.
He gave what is now known as the “Checkers Speech” on that date, announcing he was returning everything given to him except a black and white dog named Checkers. He went onto television and gave the speech, lasting a half-hour, saying he was returning everything except for Checkers since his children so loved the dog. I think Nixon did too.
After the speech, 60 million Americans supported his actions and Nixon kept Checkers. He was also elected, with Ike Eisenhower as President, to the position of Vice-President. Well, years later Nixon would prove to be a criminal and was the only President actually to resign his position as President of the United States. With all the mistakes he made, probably none worse than any of the other Presidents we have had, at least he proved his devotion to a dog, making him a decent person in my book.
If he was willing to give up his chance at being Vice-President to keep his dog, it speaks well to me.
Well Checkers did eventually die. They buried him, created a grave marker, and have seen to it that it is kept up. For a President that lost everyone’s respect for getting caught at something they all do at least he had a friend, a true friend, not one that even politics could separate him from.
How to celebrate – Give your pet an extra hug or kiss tonight. Read about Nixon and Checkers. Play a game of Checkers in Checkers memory.