I’m so old that when I was growing up, the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington were honored as separate holidays, only 10 days apart. That gave us two days off from school. Now, President’s Day combines the two celebrations to give us a single three-day weekend and, as is the case for many other American “holidays”, it has become an excuse for putting sale prices on everything from cars to Coach bags (online – sign up for their mailing list if you want access to their sale).
President’s Day always falls in Black History Month. This President’s Day, we can choose to celebrate the history-making re-election of our first Black president (Bill Clinton’s claim to the title notwithstanding). Had he failed to win reelection, Barack Obama’s presidency may have gone down in history as just an aberration – a blip. But thanks to a broad coalition of Americans coming together, Obama was resoundingly voted in for a second term.
As The Huffington Post reported, “President Barack Obama did not just win reelection tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition.
I remain optimistic about hope and change. I remain optimistic about the future of America and the possibilities for the next generation. I believe that given the alternative of electing Mitt Romney, America chose to stay on the right path. In President Obama’s words: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
So let’s keep on walking. And let’s make some progress.
How about you – any special plans (shopping or otherwise) to celebrate President’s Day?