The cult of personality continues
posted at 9:05 am on November 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
We’ve had Vero Possumus and the Barackopolis in the run-up to Barack Obama’s election. Now we have people attempting to get a national holiday for Obama before he has even taken the oath of office. Every Tuesday between now and the inauguration, a Topeka McDonald’s will host two rallies to demand an Obamoliday:
Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation’s 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.
“Yes We Can” planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald’s restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama’s honor, to organize celebrations around his inauguration and to celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on Feb. 12 1809.
At 7:30 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Obama Cake will be served at the downtown McDonald’s, and a celebration is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 20 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th.
First, we have a national holiday to honor our presidents. It’s called — President’s Day. One can see how this might confuse the national supporters of Hope and Change, but perhaps we can try to rename it into something easier for them to understand.
In our history, we have had only one national holiday for a specific president. The birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln later got combined into Presidents Day, but only Washington’s Birthday was ever a federal holiday. Washington’s Birthday was established as a national holiday in 1880, 83 years after Washington left office and 81 years after his death. Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated by a number of states as a holiday, but never officially received recognition as such. Congress specifically honored Lincoln in renaming Washington’s Birthday into President’s Day in 1971.
Think about the presidents that haven’t received this honor. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and purchased the Louisiana Territory, starting the march to the Pacific. Theodore Roosevelt made America a global power for the first time in our history. Franklin Roosevelt defeated the Nazis and the Japanese Empire. Ronald Reagan defeated the Soviet Union. All of these men have their honor in Presidents Day.
And now the Cult of Obama wants a specific day to honor the object of their adoration, and for what? Getting elected? Isn’t that the soft bigotry of low expectations?