President’s Day is Monday, and if you’re a government employee, banker or school-age child, you might get the day off. The rest of us will simply miss our trash and postal service and suddenly have the urge to buy a car, mattress or appliance.
By ANDREA DARR
Special to The Star
Somehow celebrating our Founding Fathers has become inextricably linked to low, low prices and 17-year financing.
While we spend the day patriotically boosting the gross domestic product, the guys who worked so hard to get their faces on American currency hardly get a shout-out. Those poor politicians turned themselves gray and wrinkled serving we the people.
George Washington is the only lucky leader who gets the distinction of an official federal holiday — AND his noggin set in stone, metal and paper — though, in typical governmental fashion, the designated third Monday of February will never be his actual birthday (Feb. 22). And through some additional fudging, George usually has to share his special day with another presidential fave, Abraham Lincoln, born Feb. 12. (Bonus, Missourians: Lincoln’s birthday is a celebrated state holiday no matter what day it falls on.)
We’re not going to get into the politics of who was the best prez ever, but perhaps a moment of reverence — or mockery — is due the movers and shapers of our laws and culture. Maybe a presidential bobblehead or zombie figurine says it best. Or a tall vase of President Reagan’s favorite Jelly Bellys.
The marketplace is full of quirky presidential products. Whether you favor red or blue, the bipartisan world of presidential (and wannabe) paraphernalia can move off shelves faster than any branch of government.
Some are inspirational (“There is nothing to fear but fear itself” quotes), some cheeky (the Support Nancy Pelosi thong, anyone?) and others veritably impeachable.
These get our vote.