For Immediate Release
March 6, 2009
Not even five weeks into the nascent Presidency of Barack H. Obama, there is already talk of immortalizing the man. Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) of the 13th Congressional District has proposed a resolution to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
This resolution, which could be presented to both houses of Congress by the end of March, would be a major landmark. No living President has had his birthday deemed a national holiday while still in office.
However, Congressman Stark believes that there is a reason for his proposal.
"Look at your child's history textbook. It's one privileged white man after another. For once we have a black man from the barrio, attempting to make something of himself. And look where he's landed: the Oval Office. If that doesn't say American Dream, then I don't know what does."
Congressman Stark's proposal is still in the draft phase, but support for the bill has even reached one Republican. Senator Chuck Hagel, (R-NE) who is believed to have voted for Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election, supported the move.
"We need to make sure that we tell the American people that their choice was heard, and when they cry out for responsible government, Congress is heeding their call."
Obama's birthday, August 4th, would be celebrated as a national memorial beginning in 2010. According to the draft law, the day would be marked with fireworks and federal employees would have the day off.
"It's like a second July 4th." said Stark, "It's even exactly a month later. We need a national holiday that the new generation can understand and appreciate. President Obama deserves the recognition: we elected him."
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