Archive for February, 2011

Happy President’s Day!

Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents’ Day, to be observed on the 3rd Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.


GEORGE WASHINGTON (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799). Early in his life George Washington became an experienced surveyor. Following these years, he fought in the French and Indian War. After the war he returned to Mount Vernon in 1758, married Martha Dandridge in 1759, and became a planter. That same year he became involved in politics when he was elected representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was a representative until 1774 when he became a delegate to the Continental Congress. In May of 1775 George Washington was appointed Commander of the American army during the Revolution. He was the first President, (1789 1797) governing the 13 states.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865). Abe Lincoln was born into a poor family and had little formal schooling. He basically taught himself to read and write and walked long distances to borrow books. He failed in early business and political ventures, yet became President in 1861 and guided the Union through the Civil War. He shaped his own character and education as was evident in the simple language he used in his speeches. His famous Gettysburg Address was delivered in 1863. Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865 during a performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington just a few days after General Robert E. Lee and his army surrendered.

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GOP Candidate Would Tie Obama in 2012, Poll Finds

Voters are as likely to support the GOP candidate — whomever that may be — as they are President Obama in 2012, according to a new survey out Wednesday.

The Gallup poll found 45 percent of respondents said they would vote for Obama for a second term, compared with 45 percent saying they’d back “the Republican Party’s candidate.”

The numbers were similar to the results for the same question when it was asked a year ago, according to Gallup.

While Obama enjoyed wide support from women and nonwhites in 2008, the same might not be true in 2012. Gallup found a majority of whites favor the GOP candidate this election cycle, while most nonwhites support the president. Along gender lines, women are five percentage points more likely to say they would vote for Obama than are men (47 vs. 42 percent) — about the same as in 2008.

Young people were crucial to Obama’s victory last time around, with 63 percent of voters aged 18 to 34 telling Gallup they would vote for him in 2008. Wednesday’s poll found that “a bare majority” of 18- to 34-year-old voters — 51 percent — would vote to re-elect Obama.

How does Obama’s standing compare to previous presidents? Gallup said George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush both performed better at comparable points in their third years in office than Obama does today. Of course, Bush the elder went on to lose his re-election bid, while the younger Bush won his.

Read the complete Gallup results here.

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Happy Birthday President Reagan

In celebration of the 100th Birthday of President Ronald Reagan, who many will agree is America’s most loved and revered President; I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and the influence this great man possessed. As a teenager in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan personified the “Perfect President” to those of my generation. He rescued the hostages in Iran; he brought prosperity and growth back to our nation, and recognized the important role and value of young Americans. President Reagan was our hero.

I remember sitting in homeroom in my senior year one bright spring morning at Bishop Kearney H.S. in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, when our teacher, Sister Pat handed out two forms. One was a registration card for the Selective Service and the other was a Voter Registration card. She told us both were important, but stressed the greatness of our right to vote and the gift to choose our political party affiliation. I recall her stating that our choice should not be what party our parents belonged to but what ideologies we as bright independent young women felt most comfortable with. My girlfriend Maryann (who the Lord took from us too soon, miss you Mare) quipped: “Sister, I don’t even need to think about what party to register in. Ronald Reagan is the coolest President. He understands us.  He respects us. He kicked Carter’s butt! And he had Vinnie Barbarino at the White House! I’m registering Republican!” We all clapped and cheered and 30 senior girls from Bishop Kearney H.S. registered for the first time as Republicans that morning. I am sure that to this day, 20 plus years later, most, if not all, of those fresh-faced young women are still registered Republicans today.

Reagan epitomized our values and determination for personal freedom and limited government. We remembered our parents struggling to make ends meet through the Carter administration, similar to what our children will remember about the current Presidential administration. Ronald Reagan is my inspiration for becoming so active in politics. Reagan brought us “Reaganomics”, reduced our tax rates, spurred economic growth, reduced inflation, deregulated the economy, and reduced government spending. We watched him call Gorbachev “the ruler of the evil empire” and tell him- “No More Nukes” and “Tear Down That Wall”. We watched him stand up for Americans and make us the most powerful and respected country in the world. Ronald Reagan was the” hope” of my generation

Thank You President Reagan. Happy Birthday!

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