Sunday, February 17, 2008

Holiday Repost: President’s Day – It’s Worth A Day Off!!

Tomorrow is President’s Day. It’s a mixture of Presidential Birthdays like Washington’s and Lincoln’s, although Reagan also celebrated a February birthday. As several different food types end up on one plate at a cheap buffet, so it was easier to mix all of the commander-in-chief’s birthdays into President’s Day. Did you think about your Presidents this weekend? I know I did as I spent my Washingtons, Lincolns and Grants at Target, the grocery store, a local restaurant and the gas station. Our Presidents have done amazing and memorable things over the past 200+ years, so let us recall the memorable ones.

Who could forget the exploits of our past leaders? Why as far back as 1797 they showed that when elected, they were capable of about anything we could or could not imagine. There was our second President John Adams’ XYZ Affair, which almost led us to war with France. Thomas Jefferson had his fling with Sally Hemmings and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson who took office after Lincoln’s assassination. Second to possibly only Bill Clinton (who I’ll get to in a moment) was Ulysses S. Grant’s Credit Mobilier and Whiskey Ring scandals. 1924 brought us Warren G. Harding’s oil related Tea Pot Dome scandal and need I remind anyone of the Watergate Hotel break in that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation (I am not a crook, but I will be leaving office effective noon tomorrow – I’m mixing two different speeches, but you get the idea). Even the great communicator Ronald Reagan was not immune to major Presidential scandal. Although he left office truly believing he had no part in it, his administration (and the likes of Ollie North) was responsible for The Iran-Contra Affair. You have to wonder if it’s an attempt to try and lighten or romanticize political wrongdoings by calling them affairs. Then there was Bill Clinton who gave us Whitewater, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky (I guess you could term the last two scandals affairs as well, if you wish).

Of course, our Presidents are capable of more than just full-fledged scandals. It is rumored that even FDR had a lady on the side (although in his defense, have you seen a picture of Eleanor Roosevelt? I’m kidding, really, I’m kidding). Eisenhower decided to allow a U-2 spy flight over Russia right before a summit with them and Nixon had to give the Checkers speech after being accused of taking illegal campaign contributions in 1952. JFK was rumored to have been with Marilyn Monroe and a girlfriend of a mobster as well as getting huge election help from Frank Sinatra and the mob (I won’t mention the Bay of Pigs invasion) and once declared in German ‘I am a jelly donut’ at the Berlin Wall (do you think that speech writer and translator were fired). While not accused of having a lady in waiting (which with Lady Bird Johnson, I guess he technically always did), there are the famous photos of Lyndon Johnson picking his dogs up by the ears. President Ford had trouble walking in a straight line or up stairs at times and Ronald Reagan was once caught on air while waiting to deliver a speech joking about how he had just issued orders for nuclear missiles to be fired at Russia. The first President Bush promised no new taxes and then promptly raised them, which may have caused his famous vomiting in Japan. Bill Clinton once stopped air traffic in Los Angeles by having a hair stylist board Air Force One on the tarmac to give him a trim. Then there is our current President who has trouble just making a public speech.

Despite all of their, um, uh, ‘accomplishments,’ on this President’s Day, let us remember the 43 men who have ascended to the highest office in the land (with the exception of course of Donald Trump). It’s a remarkable thing to be elected as the President of the United States. Our Presidents are mere mortals who transcended their common man. The only problem is that many of them still acted like the common man. And to that, all I can say is Happy President’s Day! At least we get a day off of work for all their efforts and maybe a few really good car dealership and furniture sales, right? Not to mention a day off after spending all day Sunday watching the Daytona 500 and the NBA All-Star Game. Whew, I'm spent!!


Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Plus, Presidents' Day or President's Day presents us pedestrian populace with dilemmas regarding the apostrophe.

Odat said...

"I am a jelly donut"....ahahahahahha!

and Pawlie makes a good point there!


(I can't wait to get out and browse the car and furniture sales!)

citizen of the world said...

It's a day I don't have to make the kids' school lunches, and they can stay home and fend for themselves. That's all I need to know about it.

citizen of the world said...

It's a day I don't have to make the kids' school lunches, and they can stay home and fend for themselves. That's all I need to know about it.

Carrie said...

Happy Presidents day Michael C... here in Ontario we are celebrating "Family Day".. however not EVERYONE gets the day off, so our Prime Minister has single handedly decided which 'families' - ie the families that can afford it - can spend the day together.

Hurrah for our elected leaders!

meleah rebeccah said...

I loved my extra DAY OFF.

Thanks Presidents.

Selma said...

Still laughing about Eleanor Roosevelt. And Lyndon Johnson picking the dogs up by the ears - what the? Absolutely priceless piece!

Patti said...

I guess they were all flawed. Except maybe Honest Abe.
I hope you are having a great President's Day. Not all of us had the day off.

C'est la vie.

Odat said...

Come pick up your award.


kat said...

I never realized until reading this... our entire legion of presidents were mad horny!

And drunk!