Call me a curmudgeon but I do not like Presidents’ Day. When I was much younger, we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, learning about their lives and how they contributed to our history. Presidents’ Day has come to be too inclusive for my taste. Are we supposed to celebrate all presidents, even the incompetent and dishonest ones? Because this year is a presidential election year, I have been thinking a great deal about the important qualities and qualifications that make a person suited for the office. It is an honor to serve in a democracy, and I want a leader who respects the position and its responsibilities. At least I can rely on Etsy for all sorts of tributes to the Highest Office.
[Clockwise from top left: Spun cotton Washington figure box from Nordeen; Washington eye pillow by Rogueobjects; Parlor chair by Metrosofa; Ice cream mold from Ifitsnotbaroque; Woodcut print by Chandarchandar]
The holiday is still officially Washington’s birthday. Even though he never did chop down that cherry tree, I plan to honor him by eating cherry pie.
[Clockwise from top left: Lino Block print by Andyrama; Stackable mugs by Rothshank; Birthplace replica by Twinoakrusticmemorie; Penny belt buckle by Citizenobjects; Vintage comic from Themagiccloset]
Lincoln is my favorite president. He not only saved the Union and freed the slaves, his eloquence rings true today.
[Clockwise from top left: Beaded White House painting by Thelonebeader; Obama mosaic by Glassvet; Obama plate by Rothshank; Obama to Reagan nesting dolls from Artmatryoshka; Handmade Obama wallhanging by Craftthingsbybeverly]
Now that I have lived long enough to see an African-American president, I am looking forward to the year we elect a woman.
[Clockwise from top left: Bush rice straw art by Museumshop; Mount Rushmore soap by Bubblegenius; Eisenhower vintage painting from Lovelyhomevintage; Woodcarved Reagan by Folkartwoodcarving; Kennedy coin bank from Modernfx; Madison brooch by Weikscraighandmade]
Tell me, do you have a favorite president?