Sadly, many of us can’t even afford to throw a Presidents Day Party in the first place!
This holiday was established in 1885 to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday. George was married to Martha, who was the original gangsta (O.G.) founding mother!
A recent study revealed that only 15 percent of American adults were able to correctly note the year the US Constitution was written — 1787 — and a mere 25 percent could correctly state that the Constitution has 27 amendments.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation surveyed 41,000 Americans in all 50 states and Washington, DC, the organization said Friday.
Most disturbingly, the results show that only 27 percent of those under the age of 45 across the country demonstrate a basic knowledge of American history. And only four in 10 Americans passed the exam.
The official name of this holiday is still Washington’s Birthday, as recognized by the Federal government. They tried to change it to Presidents Day and incorporate Abe Lincoln’s B-day, but it failed in committee like pretty much everything else in D.C.
This meme is from Stephen Colbert and it’s funny because it’s true. Most people know more about the sales at auto dealers, mattress stores, and shopping malls than they do about the actual presidents we’re supposed to be celebrating.
Fun Facts About George Washington:
- Left the office of president after two terms so that the people would have opportunities for new leadership. Even today, our president may not serve longer than two consecutive terms.
- Was well-read (he especially enjoyed Shakespeare and books on agronomy), but never attended college.
- Loved attending the theater as often as possible.
- Didn’t have a middle name.
- Lived in New York and Philadelphia while he was president.
- Enjoyed cornmeal pancakes (‘hoecakes’) as a special breakfast treat.
Fun Facts About Abraham Lincoln:
- He disliked being called “Abe,”
- As an avid animal lover, Lincoln allowed his cat Tabby to eat at the table in the White House. He also owned a dog named Fido.
- Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
- He regularly stowed important documents in his hat.
- He was the first president with a beard.
- Lincoln was a talented wrestler as a young man and is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.