Lee Wochner: Writer. Director. Writing instructor. Thinker about things.


Presidents Day

I don’t think there’s any holiday I resent so much as Presidents Day. In fact, I don’t think there’s any other holiday I resent; just this one, for two reasons:

1. Taking a day to honor the presidents seems antithetical to the founding notion of the country. It’s a little too close to royalism.
2. That even if we were to honor presidents, some of them don’t merit the honor. Warren G. Harding? Calvin Coolidge? George W. Bush? Herbert Hoover? Andrew Johnson? I can’t participate in any holiday that honors them.

I’m posting this today because today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. There was a time when we had two holidays — Lincoln’s birthday and George Washington’s birthday — and that seemed more fitting. One was indispensable to founding the country, and the other indispensable to saving it. Those two were worth honoring.

One Response to “Presidents Day”

  1. Dan Says:

    I see your point. When I was a kid we celebrated (got a day out of school!) on the 12th and the 16th. Now they might as well just move it to the Monday after Superbowl.

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