Saturday, January 31, 2009

Groundhog Day and the 2005 State of the Union Address

Monday is Groundhog Day. This minor holiday is one of my favorites. I make a big deal out of it every year at the library I work. I even once convinced one of my student workers she got paid time and a half for working a holiday on February 2nd. (Hi Stephani!)

Much to my surprise, there does not appear to be a lot of presidential lore relating to this great day. Why not? I think American Presidents should eagerly embrace the day and get their picture taken with Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day is a very American holiday and what president wouldn't want to be a part of it? President Obama, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is waiting for you.

There is one recent bit of presidential trivia relating to this great day. In 2005, President George W. Bush gave the 2005 State of the Union Address on Groundhog Day. Not surprisingly, many critics referenced the Bill Murray 1993 movie of the same name where the hero lives the same day over and over again. Except, of course, they referred to this speech as recycling the same old claims over and over again.

One anonymous critic noted, "Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address: One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication; the other involves a groundhog."

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Groundhog Day. Listen to the hog! And let us all hope that the White House can eventually get involved with this great holiday.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you remembered me this year. I don't have a calendar in my mailbox yet! And I just want to say you did not CONVINCE me that I got paid extra. I figured you were lying, but I just wanted to make sure because more money would have been awesome. :)

Thanks for the shout-out!

M said...


I like my version of the story better. :]

I hope you have a happy Groundhog Day.