The Precedents of Presidents on Presidents Day*

Back in 2016, I posted on Twitter quotations from each person who had served as President of the United States. Creating a long thread was a bit more complicated back then, so you can’t read them all in a single place on Twitter. For the reader’s convenience, they’re all detailed below. Note that at the time, Twitter allowed a mere 140 characters per tweet, so I had to be judicious in choosing executive pronouncements.

* The national holiday we commemorate in late February technically is called “Washington’s Birthday,” in recognition of the birthday of our first president (February 22, 1732). In modern times, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, codified at 5 U.S.C. § 6103, sets the third Monday in February as the official date for marking Washington’s birthday. At risk of enraging the sticklers (they exist, I can assure you), I’ve relied on the popular reference to this holiday as “Presidents’ Day” for purposes of this post.

Personal page of the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

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