When I was a kid we had two days off from school in February: Lincoln’s Birthday and George Washington’s Birthday. Now these two Presidents have been united with all of the other Presidents and put into one day– President’s Day. Even though kids no longer have two holidays in February it all evens out; because when I was a kid we did not have Martin Luther King’s Birthday as a holiday in January which kids get now.
But the point of all this is, we have gone from focusing on two Presidents to putting them all together… which means Presidents like Zachary Taylor and Rutherford B. Hayes are finally getting some props. 43 different people have been President (some with more than one term, 1 with a different person between his two terms– but there have been 43 individual people.) Take a quick mental survey, how many Presidents can you name?
The following U.S. President’s are getting their recognition tomorrow:
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William H. Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
With a day devoted to all of the Presidents a person could just chose a different President each year to focus on. But if none of these individuals strike your fancy; I guess you can just spend your day pondering the musical contributions of the rock band: The Presidents of the United States of America
Giving a day an ambiguous title like “President’s Day” leaves it open various options.