September 4th, 2012
08:52 AM ET
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Later in the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Norfolk, Virginia. While in Norfolk, the President will deliver remarks at a campaign event at Norfolk State University. In the afternoon, the President will depart Norfolk, Virginia en route Washington, DC.
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February 20th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
While most people celebrate birthdays with a few balloons, some cake, and, if they’re lucky, presents, America’s leaders tend to celebrate with a bit more flair. Barack Obama, for example, rang in the big 5-0 with celebrity friends like Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder. Back in 1962, Marilyn Monroe serenaded John F. Kennedy with a seductive song that burned its way into American history. Even George H. W. Bush took a step toward making presidential birthday history when he stepped off a plane (aka skydived) in honor of his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays.
George Washington, however, surpasses them all, as he’s the only president with an entire federal holiday dedicated to his memory.
Now before you race to your web browser and send us a Wikipedia link that says the holiday is actually called “President’s Day,” we encourage you to take a closer look. Despite the promotional emails that have exploded into your inboxes this morning from car dealerships, mattress stores and electronic giants like Best Buy, today is not President’s Day. In fact, it’s not even Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (which, by the way, passed by last week on the 12th).
Brace yourself, because today’s legal name is “Washington’s Birthday.”
At least that’s what the U.S. Office of Personnel Management says, anyway.