Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Is it too early for "The Barack Obama Day"?
A Topeka community activist hoping to establish a national holiday to commemorate President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday he is tickled he was beaten to the punch this week by a small Alabama county.
Commissioners in Perry County approved the second Monday in November as "The Barack Obama Day." The rural Alabama county, which overwhelmingly supported Obama in last month's presidential election, passed a measure to close county offices for the new annual holiday beginning in 2009.
Perry County Commissioner Albert Turner Jr. said the holiday is meant to highlight the Democratic president-elect's victory as a way to give people faith that difficult goals can be achieved. Under the holiday, roughly 40 workers will get a paid day off. (source)
Shouldn’t "The Barack Obama Day" wait until the Obama presidency is over? I think there are going to be a whole bunch of liberals pissed off by the Obama presidency. He already has the anti-war liberals mad at him. And most poor people in this country will be ticked off when they realize that the number of poor won’t have changed much. And some say the number of unemployed is and will increase because of his corporate tax increases.
With that said, there will be a “Barack Obama day”. Even if he gets nothing done, his presidency will be a milestone like George Washington and Lincoln.
Should it be a paid day off? For most private companies, it will not be a paid day off. There are too many paid holidays already. Washington and Lincoln lost their separate days off.