November 10, 2008

Not even prez yet, and the calls go out ...

... for a national holiday for the guy!

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. (Source.)

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Posted by Hube at November 10, 2008 04:14 PM | TrackBack

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Hube, whether you like the guy or not, just the simple fact of being the very first minority to lead the country is worthy of a national holiday. I would say the same had it been Clinton, and I don't like her one bit.

Posted by: Joe M at November 10, 2008 05:49 PM

I disagree, Joe. I think that honor should be based on what you DO, not simply on what you ARE.

Posted by: Hube at November 10, 2008 06:22 PM

National holdiay for a minority president who has done squat! Come on....didn't washington warn us about this kind of stuff...he declined to continue as president because more than two terms would be too much like a we have a messiah in office. Besides the next presdident that needs to go on the rock is ron! Put Ronald Reagan on the Rock! And besides, should kennedy have a national holiday for being the first catholic? Madison was pretty darn short...shouldn't he have a national holiday for vertically challenged people as pres. And who was the fat pres with the special bath tub..national holiday! GEEZ!

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 10, 2008 06:41 PM

I think breaking that racial barrier is an accomplishment in and of itself. Also, it's not just about Obama, it's about America's first time to go outside the old white guy president comfort zone.

It would be as much our day as it is his.

Posted by: Joe M at November 10, 2008 06:48 PM

Sounds like a little self esteem raising here...I still can't believe a majority of americans fawn over this guy that hasn't done anything other than run a campaign...and now he is president. When I ask people that I know who voted for him why, the responses are pretty inconsequential. I hope for the sake of our country that he doesn't screw things up royally and turn us into a more socialistic entity with the help of reid and pelosi...ugh.

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 10, 2008 07:02 PM

I found the secret recipe for the Obama Cake that will be served at the McDonald's mentioned in the article:

Take 3 pounds of empty slogans
Add one teleprompter
Mix in an adoring and unquestioning media
Stir in a healthy pinch of white liberal guilt
Bake for less then two years in the Senate
Serve with kool aid

Posted by: Miscreant at November 10, 2008 08:37 PM

You know, I'm a hardcore Obama supporter and voted for him in the election but the idea of devoting a holiday to him at this point is just preposterous. Yes he ran a great campaign and yes his election is a major milestone in American history.

However, as president he hasn't don't jack yet because - he hasn't been freakin' inaugurated yet! As much as I like the guy and think he has a lot of potential, it's entirely possible (hopefully unlikely) that he could have a terrible first term and lose his reelection bid. Certainly he could also have a great 8 year term and accomplish all sorts of wonderful things. The reality will likely be somewhere in the middle.

The holiday might come eventually - but let's give it at least 4 years, possibly 8, better yet at least a decade in order to have some historical separation from what he does as president and objectively analyze how much he was really able to accomplish. My hope is that it will be quite a bit.

Posted by: JohnnyX at November 10, 2008 09:17 PM

A simple rule: holidays and buildings should not be named in honor of live people.

Posted by: Paul Smith at November 10, 2008 09:53 PM

I'll second Paul on the national holiday issue -- you need to be dead to get one. I might quibble on the public buildings issue.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at November 11, 2008 05:12 AM

RWR, you exclude living people from having things named after them because they can still embarass you. Imagine an "O.J. Simpson Federal Building" being named in the 80s. (To pick an extreme example.)

If someone pays for the honor, that's one thing, but public buildings should not be named after a living person in case they do something that makes you want to take back the honor.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at November 11, 2008 01:52 PM

Closer to home, Paul; what about the brouhaha over Archmere wanting to name a building for Louis Capano? In that case, the Capano in question was deceased, but the donor (Louis Jr.) was the one with a cloud over his head. Ironically, Archmere's first choice was Joe Biden (class of '61) but his support for abortion made that a non-starter.

Posted by: G Rex at November 11, 2008 03:34 PM

How about that "Biden Environmental Training Center" at Cape Henlopen State Park?

Posted by: Miscreant at November 12, 2008 08:46 AM

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