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4 Award Winning Presidential Performances

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Today is Presidents’ Day and it’s a day to look back throughout history and reflect on those who have been elected to the highest office in America. But since political history isn’t really what we do here, let’s look at people who’ve played them on screen and especially those who’ve taken home some hardware because of it. Here are 4 award winning performances as real life U.S. Presidents.

 

Paul Giamatti – John Adams

Giamatti’s performance as our 2nd president in this 2008 miniseries nabbed him an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award. He gives a transformative performance, which makes us feel like we are really getting a glimpse at who John Adams was. It’s also always interesting to get some insight into the people who helped to found and develop the United States.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Day-Lewis won a bunch of awards for his portrayal of the 16th president in this 2012 film, including an Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG Award. As is typical for him, he gets himself completely absorbed by the role and becomes as close to what one might think the actual Abraham Lincoln would have been like, including a take on what Lincoln might’ve sounded like that goes completely against what people would expect.

 

Bryan Cranston – All The Way

Cranston played Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, in this 2016 HBO film, and earned himself a SAG Award, along with Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, for it. He channels the big and strong personality of Johnson and shows off the challenge faced by him when he was thrust into office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy including trying to get the Civil Rights Act to pass.

 

Gary Sinise – Truman

Sinise won a Golden Globe and SAG Award for his portrayal of the 33rd president, Harry Truman, in this 1995 HBO film. His performance helps give viewers a sense of Truman’s path from humble beginnings to becoming the president. He also shows off the weight of Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan at the end of World War II.

 

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Presidents’ Day 2016

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Presidents’ Day, or Washington’s Birthday, is an American holiday that is celebrated each year on the third Monday of February to honor the presidents of the United States. Traditionally celebrated on George Washington’s birthday (February 22), the holiday also honors Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February. It was first established in 1855, and the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was a push for there to be more three-day weekends for workers, had a major influence on the popularity of the holiday.

Presently speaking, each state has different views and traditions regarding the holiday. Some states have individual holidays that honor Washington and Lincoln, but overall it is popularly viewed to honor all of the United States’ presidents, whether they are in the past or present.

The celebrations and traditions during the observance of Presidents’ Day has increasingly become widely uncelebrated. Most schools are still in session and most delivery services offer regular service on this day. Nevertheless, a lot of stores, such as Macy’s, hold sales during Presidents’ Day weekend (which we are certainly not complaining about!).

The holiday is excitedly celebrated in Washington’s hometown, Alexandria, Virginia. There are month-long tributes, along with a huge parade, along with groups staging celebrations and reenactments of Washington’s reign. The White House, being the political icon of the United States, is also a celebratory powerhouse on the holiday with children and tourists bustling through and getting the opportunity to meet the President.

How do you plan to celebrate this Presidents’ Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Strange Thing About President’s Day

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Today we celebrate Washington’s birthday aka President’s Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February that honors presidents of the United States. But it isn’t clear as to why the federal government recognizes today as Washington’s birthday when it is actually on the 22nd. The strange thing about President’s Day is:

1. There is no universal agreement on the actual name of the holiday.

2. There is no universal agreement on which presidents are being honored.

3. There is no agreement on something as simple as whether there is an apostrophe in “presidents.” (Washington Post)

Some states honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on this day because both their birthdays are in the month of February. Other states honor Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and not Lincoln, but there are states that honor all the presidents.

Although there may be some confusion with the actual holiday, there is no confusion when it comes to the retail market. President’s Day is also a day that retail stores have amazing sales both in-store and online. Some say that the deals you score on President’s Day are better than the ones on Black Friday, and consumers enjoy their day of extra savings. Even though there are disagreements with this holiday, and it is unclear who should be celebrated, I think we can all agree on one thing, the retail therapy is much appreciated. So a huge thank you goes out to all the presidents who have lead this fine country in the past, and to the presidents who will continue to do so in the future.

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