February 20th Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day, the day when every mattress in America goes on sale! Guess that’s because we are nearly all allowed to sleep in since it’s a Federal holiday. Well, that is except for the people that sell the beds and have to get to work extra early.

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Seriously though, this is the day we celebrate all those who have been President of the Untied States. Originally it was set on Washington’s birthday, February 22nd (1879 set by Congress), but due to retailers across the country, the date was switched to a time between Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th and Washington’s birthday, or the third Monday in February (1968 amended by Congress).

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A recent poll finds that most American’s believe that Abraham Lincoln was the best President. He certainly was one of the most tested Presidents and someone who seemed to want to be anything but President. He dealt with the Civil War and kept the country moving forward. Most around him wanted to end the war, Democrats hated him, and Copperheads thought he was a fool. But he persisted and not only won the war but freed the slaves at the same time, something both of the other parties would have left in place if they had their way.

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Some presidents are loved, some are hated. Might as well face it, not everyone is going to agree with who should be president. That’s part of being a Republic. We chose our leaders based on what the country is going through at the moment. High ideals give way to needs and safety. Well intended or not, it is clear most Presidents do what they feel the public wants, what business demands, and what keeps us free.

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Like them or not, agree with them or not, they assume a position most of us could not handle. Each has their own personality and each has their own agenda. Ranting and raving about who is President only weakens the country, it serves no other purpose, particularly when the choice is divided down the middle.

How to celebrate – See how many presidents you can name in order (I seriously doubt many will get past the 20th). Seriously decide what you would do if you were president about all the issues in the world today (don’t cheat by saying I’ll deal with that later because later may be today). Find something you can support about every president.

August 11th – National Presidential Joke Day

Of all years to appreciate Presidential Joke Day, this is the year! No matter who you support, you have to see the humor in this election. Below are a few Presidents being funny, or at least trying to be funny.

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“If I were two faced-would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln

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“It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure why take the chance?” – Ronald Reagan

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“Washington D.C. is twelve square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson

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“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry Truman

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“The truth will set you free but first it will make you miserable.” – James A Garfield

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“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of a national emergency – even if I am in a Cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan

Presidential Joke Day started on August 11th, 1984 when Ronald Reagan was doing a sound check for his usual Saturday evening radio address. Testing the microphone he said, “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The announcement did not go out over the air but it was recorded and later played back. Needless to say, those in Congress did not find it funny but the rest of the world did, proving you do not need a sense of humor to be in government.

This year we the people, will need a sense of humor no matter who we get!

How to celebrate – There are more Presidential jokes and one liners, read them for yourself! Run for President (seems like everybody else is)! Have a party instead of voting a party, that will show them!