Hawaii to make Obama’s birthday a state holiday?

posted at 3:35 pm on January 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It took 81 years for Congress to honor George Washington with a federal holiday on his birthday, the first honor ever accorded an American citizen by the federal government.  Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was never actually a federal holiday until it was combined with Washington’s into President’s Day in 1971.  Several states celebrated both holidays at least since Lincoln’s death in 1865, but those are generally the only Presidents recognized by state holidays, and all of them waited until after the President had left office to declare the holidays.

Welcome to Hope and Change, Hawaii style:

Senate President Colleen Hanabusa wants President Obama’s Aug. 4 birthday to be a state holiday, right up there with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole Day, King Kamehameha I Day and even Christmas.

State Rep. Della Au Belatti, D-25th (Tantalus, Makiki, McCully), would like the Jan. 20 date of Obama’s presidential inauguration to be forever known in the Islands as Barack Obama II Ohana Day.

And even Republican state Rep. Gene Ward, R-17th, (Kalama Valley, Queen’s Gate, Hawai’i Kai), hopes to turn 4,124 square feet of overgrown scrub land owned by the state Department of Transportation into President Barack Obama Birthplace State Park. …

“We’re all Americans first and then we’re Republicans and then we’re Democrats,” Ward said yesterday as he drove past the vacant parcel on his way into town from Hawai’i Kai. “It’s bare, except for two big HECO transformers and a big rock. It’s there just kind of growing weeds.”

The empty lot symbolizes the Obama presidency, then, which has been kind of bare after only one year in office.  Naming a state park after a native President at this stage is bad enough.  Why not wait a few years and see whether it’s worth it then?  Why the rush?

But designating a state holiday to honor a President involves more than just the cost of signage and some routine maintenance.  State holidays create massive labor costs for time off, and overtime for critical personnel.  More importantly, they exist to honor people of real accomplishment, whose actions reverberate through time and whose work provide reason for contemplation and honor.  What has Obama done to deserve that kind of recognition?  Win an election?

Au Bellatti has the right prescription for a bad idea.  If Hawaii really feels the need to suck up to its native son at this stage of his presidency, use an official but meaningless (and inexpensive) proclamation.  Even with that, the rush to canonize Obama as some sort of secular saint is not only ridiculous, but bordering on idolatry of the worst kind.  America does not need a Dear Leader.  It needs a leader who takes the job seriously and is held accountable for his actions.


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Will there be a human sacrifice for Obama and Pele?

Bevan on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

When asked why Obama deserved this day of recognition, Hawaiian politicians referenced the same array accomplishments which earned him the prestigious Nobel prize..

PaulMorphy on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Make it a park for walking your dog.

Daggett on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Emily M. on January 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Well if he can go thru archives and complain he is certainly able to get off his butt and registar when the time comes. You are not his mommy!

thomasaur on January 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM

It is a military thing.

upinak on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Apparent scene of the Hawaiian Nativity.

T J Green on January 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Before long there will be Obama nativity scenes across America with the little baby Obama with his nose in the air, lobbyists bringing millions of dollars in gifts, and taxpayers in the stalls eating hay.

pedestrian on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Not to defend Hawaii or Obama, but LBJ’s birthday is a state holiday here in Texas, and state workers, at least, get to take the day off. But I do believe we waited until he was out of office.

Erich66 on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

America does not need a Dear Leader. It needs a leader who takes the job seriously and is held accountable for his actions.

Uhhh, yeah…good luck with that.

Dopenstrange on January 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Hey, hey, hey! You’re talkin’ ’bout a Nobel Peace Prize winner here…

yubley on January 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Bomb threat at Minneapolis airport. Bomb sniffing dog hits on luggage.

milwife88 on January 5, 2010 at 4:09 PM

great. TSA screws up another one.

upinak on January 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I expect if there be Gods or merely one God, a Tsunami will hit the Islands the minute this becomes law.

Holger on January 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Wow. Another holiday for state government workers. Who wanted want their taxes paying for that? And for a nobody, too? He’s an awful president, therefore, they are acknowledging him for his race and his race alone.

This rates up with the Nobel prize after 9 days in absurdity. Frankly, if they passed it, and I planned on vacationing in Hawaii, I would cancel it.

Blake on January 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

pedestrian on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

+10…especially the taxpayers-eating-hay part

Dopenstrange on January 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

It is a military thing.

upinak on January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

It reminded me of High School keggers. I would hold my girlfriends hair when necessary and she would return the favor. Good times.

thomasaur on January 5, 2010 at 4:14 PM

upinak on January 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Oh the irony…Obama is to give his speech about what he is going to do to “fix” the situation. What a loser!

milwife88 on January 5, 2010 at 4:14 PM

The renaming of one of the islands isn’t far away.

thomasaur on January 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Makes sense…Harvey Milk is getting a holiday in California, just for being gay (and assassinated). Now there’s talk of Obama getting a holiday for being half-black.

I have green eyes, where’s my holiday?

Left Coast Right Mind on January 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Barack Spine of Poi Obama deserves retirement before enshrinement.

The Museum Of Michelle O’s Curious Couture will be next.

profitsbeard on January 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM

And all the bills he created in the senate…it would be the size of a tissue box….his BC would be a facsimile, with mismatching borders, and not signed…
right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

They’d need a very large box for his broken campaign promises.

Also for display:

-His grades at Columbia University.
-Original manuscripts in his handwriting of the two books Bill Ayers wrote for him.
-20 years worth of photos of him sleeping in Rev. Jeremiah’s church

Buy Danish on January 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Why stop there? Why not declare Obama GOD? Why not establish a religion and temples and stuff? Now there’s a stimulus package!

drjohn on January 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Dude looks pretty gay in that pic.
Not that theres anything wrong with that.

Itchee Dryback on January 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I’m waiting for a nat’l holiday. He’s already won a Nobel for no reason, why not? //sarc//

vcferlita on January 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Libs need everything they can get. This idea is a suck-up. Follow the money.

Liam on January 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM

“It’s bare, except for two big HECO transformers and a big rock. It’s there just kind of growing weeds.”

That’s awesomely symbolic. And quite appropriate.

drjohn on January 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM

State holidays create massive labor costs for time off, and overtime for critical personnel.

These extra costs could be easily avoided if we do what they really want done. Just move the Christmas holiday to August 4th so that the birthdays of both Messiahs could be combined.

We could then call it, simply, Messiahs Day.

We might even be able to get the ACLU to “bless” the new arrangement and allow us to publicly display scenes of the manger of the Christ and, of course, the African mud hut of the Obama.

TXUS on January 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

turn 4,124 square feet of overgrown scrub land owned by the state Department of Transportation into President Barack Obama Birthplace State Park.

Good place to defecate while hiking. Hope they have a copy of that official birth certificate to wipe with.

marklmail on January 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Hmmmm.

Well hell. If this crap is ok then it’s ok to name the next new nuclear aircraft carrier the “USS President Richard M. Nixon” alias “The Tricky Dick”.

What the hell.

memomachine on January 5, 2010 at 4:29 PM

It turns out that the monument to Obama has already been built….

ted c on January 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM

WILLLLSON!!! too funny, Ted!

bernzright777 on January 5, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Just another reason I won’t be visiting Hawaii anymore.

tbear44 on January 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I wonder what the Guinness World Record is for winning all the awards, honors, prizes and trophies in existence in the shortest amount of time. I think we have a contender.

Left Coast Right Mind on January 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The liberal addicts want their pimp’s b-day as a holiday? Um, Um, Um, Um! The Nobel Prize and a state holiday, withing the span of one year, for being a black guy who’s good with a teleprompter…How, in God’s name, has it come to this?

orlandocajun on January 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM

How Goofy is the Far Left in this Country? What causes all these people to be tone deaf to what currently going on in America? Uh Um Hawaii – Colorado has awarded Obama a special distinction too there called “Obamavilles” I mean what kind of drugs would one have to take to cop out on reality to this extent? Or are they just insensitive and superficial?

Dr Evil on January 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Senate President Colleen Hanabusa wants President Obama’s Aug. 4 birthday to be a state holiday,

Good! Maybe Sen. Hayabusa will kindly show us the BC proving that this is his birthdate! :-)

…right up there with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole Day, King Kamehameha I Day and even Christmas.

Why not? After all, 0bama is right up there with Jesus and Kamehameha in terms of accomplishments, right?

Oh, wait….

UltimateBob on January 5, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Buy Danish on January 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Docent: And here we have the room with his Birth Certificate…oh, looks like it is locked.
Well over through this door is his College pictures and transcripts…oh, looks like that door is locked also.
We have his birth announcements and his certificates in this, what we call his early childhood room…oh my, this door appears to be locked.
We have his pictures of his friends and mentors, like Bill Ayres and Rev. Wright over in the “Mentor room”…looks like they are working on that room, it seems to be locked also.
We keep the original manuscripts, along with his own personal notes of his books in this room…hmmm, looks like there seems to be a problem, it is locked also.
Well in this box we have the bills he has authored, yes I know it is quite small, but it only needs to hold three sheets of paper…
But here is the room, unlocked of his campaign promises, the Hall of Promises, the lights are quite bright, and there are, as you can see, a lot of shiny objects hanging from the ceiling, the music is beautiful…what was that, yes that trap door is his escape clause, when trapped in here he always has a way out…notice how interesting the wall of promise seems to change color with time, it is never the same. Go ahead and try to grab one of the promises, you can see that you can’t hold onto it, it changes shapes and morphs into a new promise.
Now over here is our second largest exhibit, next to his Hall of Promises, the Bus Room……..

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Good grief.

The Ugly American on January 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

How can you all continue to mock and ridicule Obama?

My gosh, he’s going to have a state holiday named in his honor. They don’t just give those to anybody, you know.

C’mon. Take a sip….

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 4:48 PM

So a day off for Barry’s birthday, and then in September they have muslim day. Sheeeesh.

tbear44 on January 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Now over here is our second largest exhibit, next to his Hall of Promises, the Bus Room……..
right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

It’s starting to sound like a Halloween horror show.

Buy Danish on January 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

What about the styrofoam columns and the O-rings (seals) created to enhance his standing as Democrat Party nominee, as Democrat Party candidate and as President-Elect?

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Once again, the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Sharke on January 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

How can you all continue to mock and ridicule Obama?

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Because he and his sycophants are throwing fat, sassy pitches over the Plate of Ridicule.

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Hmm sounds like Hawaii is angling for some extra stimulus cash.

GnuBreed on January 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

We already have All Fools Day in April!!

bluegrass on January 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Yeah!!! Another paid vacation day!

I hope they get all their ideas completed before his Day of Ignominy arrives.

Dusty on January 5, 2010 at 5:02 PM

And even Republican state Rep. Gene Ward, R-17th, (Kalama Valley, Queen’s Gate, Hawai’i Kai), hopes to turn 4,124 square feet of overgrown scrub land owned by the state Department of Transportation Kenya into President Barack Obama Birthplace State Park.

Another international conflict in the offing…

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Hawaii would be better served celebrating the birthday of beloved Native musical legend Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole, instead of giving this honor to someone as dubious as The Empty Suit.

pilamaye on January 5, 2010 at 5:03 PM

What about the styrofoam columns and the O-rings (seals) created to enhance his standing as Democrat Party nominee, as Democrat Party candidate and as President-Elect?

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 4:57 PM

You are right, she overlooked the Obama Altar Hall, also referred to as the “One Room”…this would be the one room where all things great about Obama are shown, it is dazzling, lots of smoke and mirrors, and at the center would be, oh yes you guessed it, TOTUS.
Entry would be free if you showed a union card…

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM

What took them so long?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 5, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Folks in Michigan are clamoring for “Let’s Look for Jimmy Hoffa Just One More Time Day

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 5:11 PM

The renaming of one of the islands isn’t far away.

thomasaur on January 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

While in the Senate, both O’bama and Uncle Joe Biden voted for the Akaka Bill, which its sponsor said would allow Hawai’i to secede from the US. Of course, that Inconvenient Truth was ignored by the O’bama kneepads when they went after Sarah Palin’s husband for advocating the same for Alaska.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2010 at 5:12 PM

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Can’t overlook setting aside a room for Michelle’s garments that attest to her exquisite fashion sense.

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Hawaii would be better served celebrating the birthday of beloved Native musical legend Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole, instead of giving this honor to someone as dubious as The Empty Suit.

pilamaye on January 5, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I agree. After he died, Iz’s body lay in state in the Capitol in Honolulu. At least he accomplished something for the state, other than create traffic jams.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2010 at 5:15 PM

How about a hurricane Katrina state holiday? Obama and Katrina have each done their best to destroy the economy of this country. Why not piss liberals off and have Texas declare George W. Bush’s birthday a national holiday.

eaglewingz08 on January 5, 2010 at 5:18 PM

sorry that should have been a state holiday not national holiday.

eaglewingz08 on January 5, 2010 at 5:19 PM

With the economy that Hawaii has (thanks DEMOCRATS!), the last thing they need is another paid holiday.

GarandFan on January 5, 2010 at 5:19 PM

… you won’t go to a park named Obama after dark either?

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Viewers on A&E can look forward to episode after episode of Duane Chapman (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) and his crew busting bounty jumpers’ chops there.

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Let’s just get it over with and declare his entire gestation period to be a galactic holiday.

Let’s just take every inch of government land–federal, state, and local–and declare it a tribute to him.

Maybe then he’d leave us alone.
__________

RJGatorEsq. on January 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM

So when Obama finally leaves office I suggest that be a “Thank Goodness Obama is no longer President” national holiday.

albill on January 5, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I guess all u need to do to get a st. holiday in honor of you in Hawaii is to play golf, eat a sno-cone and run around without a tie.

becki51758 on January 5, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Does anyone know when the next open registration will be?

Emily M. on January 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM
Whenever Ed and Allah feel the need.

upinak on January 5, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Well, they axed SimpleSimon who was personally responsible for about 50 posts per thread (if you count people beating him to death). So, enrollment will probably come soon to welcome him back in yet another simple form.

DrAllecon on January 5, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I know Della Au Bellati and I have to say I am quite surprised she proposed something so stupid…

HawaiiLwyr on January 5, 2010 at 6:03 PM

It will be a federal holiday soon enough.

nazo311 on January 5, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Is kevin jennings and his fist anywhere in the backround of this photo?

Oh, wait – it’s Frank Marshall Davis and his fist.

tigerlily on January 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Viewers on A&E can look forward to episode after episode of Duane Chapman (”Dog the Bounty Hunter”) and his crew busting bounty jumpers’ chops there.

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 5:20 PM

This Islands have perhaps the worst “ice” (meth) epidemics on the planet. It’s real ugly.

One of the main reasons for this is that the ultra-Left Hawai’i Supreme Court absolutely refuses to let the cops use the exact same police methods their counterparts on the Mainland use to catch ice-vendors. Can’t violate their “privacy”, after all.

And as with many other states ruined by decades of Democrat rule (see “Louisiana”), many places on the Islands resemble nothing more than 3rd World countries.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Well since I only get federal holidays off, I’m all for it. Is there any one else we can honor while we’re at it?

Rightwingguy on January 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM

State Rep. Della Au Belatti, D-25th (Tantalus, Makiki, McCully)

That’s one of the priciest neighborhoods on the entire island-includes all of the extraordinary view properties along Tantalus/Round Top Drive, and is right next to the elite Punahou School, where O’bama learned how to be COOL.

And even Republican state Rep. Gene Ward, R-17th, (Kalama Valley, Queen’s Gate, Hawai’i Kai), hopes to turn 4,124 square feet of overgrown scrub land owned by the state Department of Transportation into President Barack Obama Birthplace State Park.

That’s smaller than many house lots out there. Tiny. I approve!

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Amen! AND I can’t wait to see which of the two hospitals get the obligatory “President …born here…” plaque.

What took them so long?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 5, 2010 at 5:07 PM

LMAO!!!!

NightmareOnKStreet on January 5, 2010 at 7:06 PM

What the flying f*ck? Seriously?

Ortzinator on January 5, 2010 at 7:29 PM

What about his hometown in Kenya?

I know it’s probably been said before but this one is for Rahm.

Enjoy Rahm.

PappyD61 on January 5, 2010 at 8:06 PM

A 4,000 sq ft park? WTH? My house is bigger than that. But, it will make a great new drug dealing area!!!

di butler on January 5, 2010 at 8:25 PM

A 4,000 sq ft park? WTH? My house is bigger than that. But, it will make a great new drug dealing area!!!

di butler on January 5, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Most of the residential lots in Hawai’i that were laid out in the late 1940′s, 1950′s and 1960′s are tiny-7500 square feet average. When I lived out there in 1963, only 1/2 or our 7500 SF lot was taken up by the house-the rest was open space. Now the house size has been doubled-hardly any back yard left.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Can the other 49 make it an annual
National Day of Mourning?

mrt721 on January 5, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Can the other 49 make it an annual
National Day of Mourning?

mrt721 on January 5, 2010 at 8:50 PM

i know you mean 56 right?

ted c on January 5, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Hey Hawaii..

Until you produce a BIRTH CERTIFICATE LISTING BOTH THE DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL, your assertion that BHO was actually BORN there is pure bull$hit.

Gimmie PROOF!

I don’t accept the COLB crap that Hawaii issued to anybody and everybody, regardless of WHERE THEY WERE PHYSICALLY BORN back in 1961. It’s WORTHLESS as toilet paper!

SHOW ME THE B I R T H C E R T I F I C A T E !!

What’s with you goddamn leftie frauds anyway that you’re unwilling to provide PROOF?

bannedbyhuffpo on January 5, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Oh, I dunno. 4,124 acres of overgrown scrub land, two HECO transformers, a big rock and weeds–sounds like the perfect memorial to The Won.

SukieTawdry on January 6, 2010 at 1:36 AM

Oh, it will be national, or at least adopted by other states.

August is one of those no-holiday months for the hacks.

reaganaut on January 6, 2010 at 2:01 AM

I do like the idea of a Dog, The Bounty Hunter episode where he says he has to go get the meth addict out of Barack Obama Park…..Should be good for some lols.

di butler on January 6, 2010 at 2:39 AM

As a Hawaii resident, the rest of the U.S. must understand that Senate President Colleen Hanabusa is running to replace Rep. Abacrombie who is returning to Hawaii for a run to be Governor.

Those in Hawaii see these moves as purely political. Sen. Hanabusa is favored by the Hawaii’s Senior Senator Inouye. Senator Inouye, also feels Rep. Abacrombie has served his usefulness and it is time for new blood to represent Hawaii in D.C., and Rep. Abacrombie does not have a chance of winning the Governor seat, because he is running against two native Hawaiian, one a decedent of a member of the infamous 442nd Infantry unit, in which Sen. Inouye served with, and gave his right arm for U.S..

MSGTAS on January 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I was born here. What do I get?

TimBuk3 on January 6, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Here is Obowma’s latest TV special:

http://me414.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-biggest-loser.jpg

All of Kenya must be jealous.

dthorny on January 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM

The Hawaii Community Organizer Office in downtown Honolulu aka any local crack house.

dthorny on January 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM

And may the great Kahuna-huna bring a giant tsunami on that blessed day.

kens on January 6, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Oh, I dunno. 4,124 acres of overgrown scrub land, two HECO transformers, a big rock and weeds–sounds like the perfect memorial to The Won.

SukieTawdry on January 6, 2010 at 1:36 AM

Not acres. Square feet! FYI I just found out that allegedly this vacant lot is in fact the lot where O’bama’s childhood home (now long gone) was situated.

Rep. Abacrombie does not have a chance of winning the Governor seat, because he is running against two native Hawaiian, one a decedent of a member of the infamous 442nd Infantry unit, in which Sen. Inouye served with, and gave his right arm for U.S..

MSGTAS on January 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Wouldn’t Abercrombie’s longtime relationship with O’bama’s parents give him a little boost?

Del Dolemonte on January 6, 2010 at 5:36 PM

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