Charles Pierce doesn’t get the point of President’s Day either. If anything, we should be off Constitution Day:
I do not feel compelled to respect a president any more or less than I respect somebody I hire to fix my roof or paint my house. Whoever gets elected works for me. As to the office, well, I understand how it is a single unifying figure within the government, and how he—again, theoretically—represents the whole country. But, in my lifetime, the Oval Office has seen coups, burglaries, and illegal arms sales planned. It has been the venue for criminal mischief and illicit canoodling. That it is also the place where the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were signed is the great paradox. But the idea that I have to respect The Presidency qua The Presidency is something that raises the hackles in my democratic conscience.
Lest anyone accuse me of shitting on the day because of the Oval OFfice’s current occupant, I was creeped out by the Cult of Obama in late 2008 and early 2009 too. Moreover, in my lifetime, I’ve seen more perfidy from presidents than I have words to write.