President Obama, our 44th President, just gave his fifth State of The Union Address a few days ago. While the office of President has many critics and admirers, we have chosen to honor this office every third Monday in February so you can choose to remember the president of your choice and enjoy the day.
Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, who may have been one of our tallest Presidents, once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Very wise words from a man that had only 18 months of formal education and was self-taught for the rest of his life.
On this President’s Day you may choose to remember our very 1st President, President George Washington. Our first President was a very good writer and enjoyed producing a prayer journal. He used his prior military experience to help him father America. Some have labeled him “America’s first entrepreneur. His military experience helped him develop a strategy for true independence. His farming experience helped him discover and encourage a strong work ethic.
Celebrating President’s Day also helps us appreciate the changes that have occurred over the years. When James Madison was elected as our 4th President his wife Molly organized his inauguration for only $450.00! President Obama’s inauguration was considerably more expensive than this!
Speaking of money, our 37th President, Richard M. Nixon’s salary increased from $100,000.00 per year to $200,000.00 per year. While being the president is an enormous job the presidents’ wage has not changed since 1969.
Our 35th President was also our youngest President to serve in office after he had defeated President Nixon in the 1960 election. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is also one of the highest regarded Presidents according to public ranking. In the short time between taking office and his assassination on November 22, 1963 there was a lot of change in our country. This World War II Veteran is the only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize and was known for his leadership in the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis and the African-American Civil Rights Movement, as well as several other big changes that came about at this time.
Let’s take the time to enjoy this important office no matter what your political views are. The office of President should be honored and the history that comes with it is majestic. So while you enjoy an extra day off this week remember how this great country was started and go ahead, while nobody’s looking, give a hail to the chief!
God Bless America!