Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ray’s Corner Soapbox–President’s Day

Today we celebrated President’s Day giving credit to the elected Presidents of the United States.  Originally today was George Washington’s birthday but not wanting to give an additional time off for each president, it was agreed by the Congress of the US to honor all presidents on George Washington’s birthday.
So, I have a question:  Who are the following men?
John Hanson, Elias Boudinot, Thomas Mifflin, Richard Henry Lee, Nathan Gorman, Arthur St. Clair, and Cyrus Griffin
Answer:  I know you will love this.  They are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Presidents of the United States.  Prior to the Constitution of the US, the country’s government was formed by the Articles of Confederation (which only allowed the President to serve a one-year term….what a concept).   The Articles of Confederation didn’t work well as states were given too much power.  Hence, the leaders of the new country’s government banged heads together and came up with…The Constitution of the US.  George Washington was the first president sworn in under the Constitution.
So, there you have it folks, no pictures, no jokes.  Just pure fact and part of our history.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!!!

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