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Do you know the truth about President’s Day?

There are many myths about how this federal holiday came to be. Some folks think that it is to recognize George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of which were born in February. Some argue that it to celebrate the “Father of our Country.” And, Richard Nixon (I never tell a lie president) is believed to have declared this third Monday in February as an honorary day for all presidents.

Actually here is the truth … in 1885, Washington’s Birthday officially became a federal holiday according to Section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code. The occasion was celebrated on February 22 until 1971, when Congress moved the observance to the third Monday in February.  BTW… the specific wording in the code refers to it as … as Washington’s Birthday.

Oops… sorry retailers, greeting card companies, and school teachers … no matter how your calendar reads, this federal holiday is for the original and rightful “I cannot tell a lie” president, the Father of our Country, George Washington. 

Now that Tough-talking Troy has set the record straight, you might find some of these presidential quotes amusing:

  • “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.” – Herbert Hoover
  • “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” – Ronald Reagan
  • “Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson
  • “Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.” – Gerald Ford
  • “I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again.” – Bill Clinton
  • “Look, when I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” – Barack Obama
  • “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” – James A. Garfield
  • “Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” –Bill Clinton
  • “Politics makes me sick.” – William Howard Taft
  • “I would have made a good Pope!” – Richard M. Nixon
  • “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” -Harry Truman
  • “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy

Tough-talking Troy almost fell out of his chair when he read the first three quotes above. So, can I get an “Amen” in the house? Please feel free to bust a myth or leave me a quote, I have plenty of time for truth and humor.

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2 Responses to “Do you know the truth about President’s Day?”

  1. Brandon February 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the quotes. Here are a few of my other favorite presidential quotes:

    “A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.” — Herbert Hoover

    “Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe” — Herbert Hoover

    “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” — Martin Van Buren

    “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” — John F. Kennedy

    “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy

    “I believe that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer” — William Henry Harrison

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