Today, Presidents' Day is being observed here in the United States... but I promise politics will not be debated on this blog. Nope... it's my day off and I'm trying to relax... not get worked up.
Originally, Presidents' Day honored our first President's birthday: President George Washington (b. February 22nd, 1732). It eventually evolved into a holiday that celebrated all American Presidents, because Abraham Lincoln's birthday (b. February 12th, 1809) falls only ten days apart.
So in honor of this federal holiday, I present to you my President Barack Obama PC:
2009 Goodwin Champions #44
2009 Philadelphia #319 The Story of Barack Obama
2009 TriStar Obak #100
2009 Topps American Heritage #20
2009 Topps Mayo #205
2009 Topps President Obama "Inaugural Stickers" #1 & #13
Regardless of which political party you support... the inauguration of America's first African-American President in 2009 was a major historical event for our country. A few weeks ago, the school I teach at held a Black History Month poster contest in which students chose an African-American they look up to and admire.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the most popular person illustrated in the competition. But President Obama was the clear second favorite, ahead of Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks.
To many of those students, President Obama is a symbol of hope. He is proof that with hard work and determination an individual's dream can come true. One day, there will be a Hispanic/Latino American President of the United States, a female President of the United States, an Asian-American President of the United States, or a Native American President of the United States. And when that day arrives... people will refer back to President Obama as one of the pioneers who paved the way.
Happy Presidents' Day everyone. Sayonara!
I'm one of those collectors who enjoys celebrating the history of "firsts". If you're interested in seeing more of these posts see the links below:
Jackie Robinson - The first black player to play in the MLB.
Manon Rheaume - The first woman to play in an NHL exhibition game.
Willie O'Ree - The first black player to play in the NHL.