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.