The first Thursday in May has been a National Day of Prayer since Harry S. Truman proclaimed it in 1952, signing a bill to introduce it Congress. However Congress has honored Prayer since it set assigned time for prayer with each meeting beginning in 1775. Interestingly, Congress requires each President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year since 1988. Whether you believe in God or not, you have to admit about the only chance this world has anymore is through prayer.
How to celebrate – Pray everyday, let alone once a year. Think about it, you prove nothing trying to prove there is no God. Honor others beliefs.
I know, I know… recently it seems like all of our Presidents are a joke but today is about Presidents that have made jokes, or at least sort of anyway. It seems it all started back on August 11th, 1984 when President Ronald Reagan was preparing to make a speech on radio and did not realize that his microphone was live and he told the American people that he had just declared war on Russia and that bombing was going to begin immediately. Of course it was a joke, never meant to be heard, but it was. I have to wonder what people who took that seriously thought at the time.
How to celebrate – Find Presidential goofs and listen to them or read about them. Realize even Presidents are people. Determine which President you feel had the best sense of humor.
Amazing how this day falls after Valentine’s Day. It seems like we always have a hate/love affair with our Presidents. Although the day was created in 1968 our relationship with our Presidents has been rocky since the first. Many thought George Washington wanted to be King. He didn’t, that’s what he had just finished fighting a war over, but people gathered their own thoughts and then projected them into society. I often wonder how we would feel if people, most of us totally unqualified to choose who will be President, just kept their mouths shut. I feel like everyone’s life would be better. Because we are a movie star, a truck driver, a hobo or whoever, never has, and never will, qualify us to become a voice for the people. We are entitled to our opinion but to share that with others, to me, shows a total selfish attempt to mold the world as they see it. Just saying. You want to tell us who should be President? Run for the office yourself.
How to celebrate – Celebrate our Presidents, love them or hate them. Determine the qualities that suit yourself to make a President. (Bet the only one you can come up with is yourself!) Honor those who have actually tried to make your life better.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809. His beginnings were humble, his education basically what he taught himself and he wasn’t the happiest man on earth. He had a sense of right from wrong and used that to his advantage but his best quality may have been that he listened to others. It doesn’t mean that he always agreed, but he listened. Since his roots came from the common man he could relate to them and never thought himself better than anyone else. Lincoln was shot on April 14th, 1865.
How to celebrate – Read about Lincoln. Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday. Learn about history, and all of our Presidents and Founding Fathers.
You know, we are never going to agree. Not Democrats, Republicans or even Independents. So for at least today, let’s all give it a rest and act as though no politics matter at all! There is no President, no Senator, no Congress member. Just regular folks trying to live together instead of making some generally useless, and wrong, view point. Unless we are a Kingdom, government was formed to serve and protect the common guy… not the other way around. In the world of Politics they seem to have forgotten that, even though they tell us they are there for us… let the BS fly. So no politics today!
How to celebrate – Pretend there are no political parties. Just don’t talk about politics. Pretend people can actually get along with each other.
Today is a day to proclaim you are in control of your life! The day was created back on March 30th, 1981 when Ronald Reagan was shot and Secretary of State Alexander Haig proclaimed he was “In Control”. The problem was, he really wasn’t “In control”. Even though Reagan had been gravely wounded he was still functioning as President, and of course there was a Vice-President, Speaker of the House and numerous other people that were “In Control” long before that duty fell to Haig. Haig was soon forced to resign showing in the end, he really wasn’t in control.
How to celebrate – Make sure you are the one in control before declaring it. Find out if you are in actual control of anything. Watch re-runs of Designated Survivor.
Today is the original President’s Day, it’s George Washington’s birthday. Washington was born in 1732. He spent most of his life before the Revolution as a soldier and planter, and in 1789 he became the first President of the United States. He had been offered to be made King but refused it realizing, among other things, the world did not need another King George! He would be President until 1797 when he retired, dying two years later on December 14th, 1799.
How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Read about Washington’s life. Visit Mount Vernon.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809. His begins were humble, his education basically what he taught himself and he wasn’t the happiest man on earth. He had a sense of right from wrong and used that to his advantage but his best quality may have been that he listened to others. It doesn’t mean that he always agreed, but he listened. Since his roots came from the common man he could relate to them and never thought himself better than anyone else. Lincoln was shot on April 14th, 1865 as the Civil War was winding down. In death, he may have accomplished even more than he did in life. We celebrate his birthday as much for who he was as what he became.
How to celebrate – Remember Lincoln today. Research why he did what he did, you might be surprised with the answers. Watch a movie about Lincoln.
Lincoln was one of the few president’s that nearly everybody agrees was among the top (maybe not so much in the south). He was one of the good ol’ boys, but with a brain. He also lived one of the sadder lives known to any of the presidents.
Born on February 12th, 1809 his life did not stand out all that much before he was elected. He served in a militia unit during the Black Hawk War but never saw any action. He was a failed retailer and a slightly better than average farmer. He did excel at being a lawyer which is what finally got him noticed by those who made presidents back then. But it was his logic and wit that won the day, not his brute force or winning.
John Wilkes Booth saw to his demise on April 14th, 1865, after the war had come to an end practically speaking. It was “Good Friday” and Ford’s Theater was packed since so many had heard the President would be attending. There are dozens of conspiracy theories floating around about who really did what, but the end results are the same.
How to celebrate – read about Lincoln’s life. Throw a birthday party in his honor. Read about the belief that Lincoln was secretly a vampire killer.
Okay, so before we even get started I am not making any political statements here! I think all the presidents do that well enough for themselves. And that’s what today is all about, those presidents with a sense of humor about the world, and themselves. After all, if we can’t laugh at the way things are, all that’s left is to cry.
So the today started in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan thought his mic was just being tested when he said, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes”. Unfortunately his mic was live and heard by the nation. However, known for a sense of humor, Reagan was allowed such gaffes.
Today, I feel, we all take what Presidents say way too seriously. And of course the media repeats it over and over, trying to say what they think the President meant. They don’t know any better than we individuals do, they just like to hear their own voice as they explain everything, right or wrong.
We disrespect our leaders by putting their faces on such things as toilet paper. Replace it with your own face and see how you would feel! Is it still funny? Does it have anything to do with the person themselves? Most presidents just represent the feelings of their base, not really caring about the other half of the country. Why should they, we are the joke to them!
Is it that we can’t take a joke anymore or that we are the joke ourselves? Either way ,lighten up a bit and laugh with the president instead of at him. The whole world wil be a better place for it.
How to celebrate – Listen closely to the president and learn his sense of humor. Don’t take everything a president says so seriously. Go back in history and learn who the funniest presidents have been.