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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-18-13 12:06 PM
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Happy......ummmm so not Presidents' Day.
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Which holiday are we really celebrating today?

Once upon a time, many states celebrated the anniversary of Lincoln's birth on February 12 and the anniversary of Washington's birth on February 22, resulting in two Presidential school closings in one month, to the delight of many school children (no artificial Monday holidays then).

However, Lincoln's birthday never became a federal holiday because it was considered too controversial in the South. (Who won that war again?) Even today, we are officially celebrating not Presidents' Day, but only the anniversary of George Washington's birth.

Tell that to President Obama, though, who is off golfing this weekend. (What is it with Presidents and golf anyway?)

Some states do still celebrate the anniversary of Lincoln's birth, including Illinois, the state from which Lincoln became President (as did, of course, President Obama).

Notwithstanding the above, I give you full, albeit very unofficial and completely unauthorized, permission to celebrate today as Presidents' Day.

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