Happy Presidents’ Day (or Happy George Washington’s Birthday)

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Presidents' Day 2014

Did you know that our federal government still refers to Presidents’ Day as “Washington’s Birthday?” But that even today’s event is not actually George Washington’s birthday (that’s February 22). Confused? Me too. But that’s not really a first when it comes to bureacracy.

The holiday first was established in 1885 but then became known as Presidents’ Day as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that was enacted in 1971, which attempted to create more three-day weekends for government workers.

Ever thought about what job of President really entails? Well, the role is both the head of state and head of government and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. No pressure. Just keep the people safe, keep the government functioning and make sure that we’re protecting our nation at home and abroad.

Effective January 1, 2001, the annual salary of the President of the United States was increased to $400,000 per year, including a $50,000 expense allowance. Upon first blush, that sounds like a lot. But then I think about the number of meetings that probably equates to having and I really don’t like meetings for that to make running for President worth my while.

See 10 jobs that earn more per hour than the president!

To put it into perspective, Washington himself only earned $25,000 in 1789 and the presidential salary has only been increased five times in the course of our nation’s existence. Check out these other presidential pay facts.

Did you know that before becoming our country’s inaugural Commander-in-Chief, Washington was a surveyor who measured land, air space and water for legal purposes and it’s how he came to purchase his first piece of land in western Virginia? Well, now you do. You’re welcome. Just a little gift from me to you on Presidents’ Day.

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One Comment
  1. Of course…because that’s what government employees need.  Another reason not to go to work.  SMH.  #theworstofthebunch

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