Monday, February 16, 2009

Photo of Obama is taken down at Peterson

TOM ROEDER
THE GAZETTE
President Barack Obama's picture was removed this week from a Presidents Day sign at the Peterson Air Force Base commissary after customers complained that the image did not fit the holiday commemorating the birthdays of past presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The head of the local NAACP and a commissary employee say it was blatant racism.
The picture of the first black president accompanied a sign near the entrance listing the government-run military grocery store's operating hours on for Presidents Day. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Employees took the sign down after customers complained that the holiday wasn't about the current president, according to the Defense Commissary Agency, which oversees the base grocery stores.

WTF? Presidents day isn't about sitting presidents? WTF?

1 comment:

Dave Hernandez said...

A couple years late, but there is no federal holiday called Presidents Day. The federal holiday on the 3rd Monday in Feb is Washington's Birthday. It celebrates George Washington and no one else. Contrary to popular misperception, it was never renamed Presidents Day and was never merged with Lincoln's Birthday -- which was never a federal holiday.