We used to honor the birthdays of our greatest presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln – and now we lump Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Adams with people like James Buchanan, Warren Harding, and Barack Obama.
Dennis Prager has an interesting take on the change:
Thanks to Presidents Day, young people today have no idea on which day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born. Generations past all knew. This is a loss.
Some believe the change was made to give lazy Americans more three-day weekends, but in my opinion, the change was implemented so every president could be honored, no matter how feckless and incompetent. It’s another example of Everyone Gets A Trophy, and shouldn’t we expect better from our presidents?