Ron DeSantis just set the record straight about the only man Americans should honor on Presidents’ Day

Feb 27, 2024

Last Monday was Presidents’ Day. 

Its origin goes back to the 1880s when George Washington’s birthday was celebrated as a federal holiday.

And Ron DeSantis just set the record straight about the only man Americans should honor on Presidents’ Day.

Most Americans view Presidents’ Day as a commemoration of all the nation’s Presidents since its founding.  

But it has not always been a celebration of the Office of the Presidency.

When initially established, Presidents’ Day was meant solely as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday.

It was officially referred to as “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

But that all changed in 1971 when the Uniform Holiday Bill was passed into law.

The Uniform Holiday Bill was included to combine the celebration of Washington’s birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s on February 12.

“Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States,” the U.S. embassy wrote on its website. “Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln,” it continued. “Many Americans call the holiday Presidents’ Day.”

On Thursday, in honor of George Washington’s February 22 birthday, Ron DeSantis posted a video on social media where he gave Americans a history lesson and ripped two former Presidents as “total failures.”

“The idea that we honor all Presidents – what James Buchanan and Woodrow Wilson?” DeSantis said. “These guys were total failures.” 

“February 22, today, is actually the reason for this holiday in the first place,” DeSantis said. “And it’s George Washington’s birthday,” he continued. “And Americans have been celebrating and honoring Washington’s birthday for hundreds of years – and rightfully so.”

DeSantis explained why George Washington is the type of principled leader who Americans should look up to as a role model. 

“We’re a government of laws and not a government of men,” he said. “And that was a principle that George Washington took to heart and sought to establish for our country. When he succeeded as the commanding general against the British in the American Revolution, he could have seized power for himself and made himself a king. But instead, he surrendered his sword to the Continental Congress and went bouncing back to Mount Vernon.”

DeSantis said, “his character, his leadership was something that was indispensable for the formation of this country.” 

“So February 22, honor George Washington – we don’t need to be honoring people like Woodrow Wilson, James Buchanan,” he added. “Washington was first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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