Sunday, February 19, 2017

Happy Birthday, President Washington!

This day on February we prefer to celebrate George Washington's birthday since contemplating its other incarnation is just too dismal.

Washington Crossing the Delaware December 25, 1776 by Emanuel Leutze (1851)

Here at Change Warrior, we refuse to celebrate the day as President's Day since our current president [the 45th] is [1] not presidentiable at all in our opinion, and [2] is a pill who has squashed any sort of celebration not dedicated to his most non-magnificent self. 

Washington's Birthday, Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street by Childe Hassam (1916)

After all the purpose of this day is to celebrate the office of the Presidency. And not any particular president - definitely neither the person nor personality - popular or pariah as that may be. 

Los Angeles streetcar decorated for Washington's Birthday, c. 1892

The federal holiday honoring Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in Washington (20 Stat. 277) and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices (23 Stat. 516).

As the first federal holiday to honor an American president, the holiday was celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February 22. On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

The first attempt to create a President's Day occurred in 1951 when the "President's Day National Committee" was formed by Harold Stonebridge Fischer of Compton, California, who became its National Executive Director for the next two decades.

Today, this February holiday has become well known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales.

Sign of the times.

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