It isn’t common, Obama didn’t do it, but President Trump is no Obama, and he isn’t Ebenezer Scrooge either as one story reported, the President recently gave a gift to Federal employees. That gift came as a very merry holiday surprise, a day off and that day was Christmas eve day no less!
The government doesn’t recognize Christmas eve as a National holiday, simply meaning that Federal employees are generally expected to clock in for work that day. Most of us are aware of the fact that Christmas eve isn’t recognized as a National holiday. In fact, many of us still do some type of business with the government on Christmas eve day, be it mail services or business with some department branch. That won’t be the case this year.
As our story shared, the President’s memo read as follows:
“All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the day before Christmas Day… .” It sounds like someone is a fan of Christmas.
For the record, as the story also pointed out, this is a rare occurrence in more than one way. The story explained that “sometimes, American presidents give federal workers an extra half-day or an extra day when Christmas falls on a Tuesday. But it is unprecedented for the president to give workers an entire day off when Christmas falling on a Wednesday.” Unprecedented, until now.
Those of us who have ever had dictators for employers understand the difference between working a full day, a half-day, and having the day off for Christmas eve. Sure, a half-day is nice, but this is Christmas!
Obama didn’t do it when his turn came up, and as it was noted, it has rarely been done. His staff even went so far to defend the decision at the time noting that “six of the last nine times since 1946” when the calendar fell this way, the government remained open. For President Trump, that appears to be six bah-humbugs and a day off for Federal employees this time around.
In all fairness to the Obama administration though, the government may not have earned a day off. In his two terms, the dollar became weaker, the economy was staggering, and the national debt was spiking. So maybe there really wasn’t time for a day off because it seems the government was doing everything they could simply to keep the nation afloat.
On the other hand, in his three short years in office, President Trump has the economy humming, and setting historical records along the way. He has unemployment down and wages up and there is more good news coming. The deals with Mexico, Canada, most recently China, and another landmark deal on the way with Britain will only improve our already thriving economy and foster even better foreign relations.
Perhaps this administration, despite the fight and the obstacles presented by those on the Left, have earned a day off? And what better day to get as a reward and as a gift than Christmas eve day? Imagine little Sally or baby Bobby when they hear that mom or dad will be home on Christmas eve!
We also don’t suppose any of those anti-Trump or partisan loyal government employees will decline the day off either. For them, it may be more like the Grinch who stole Christmas whose “small heart grew three sizes that day.” So maybe for a day or even two (now that they’ve been given an extra day), we can all just celebrate the joy and the fun of the holiday season?
There are many reasons to celebrate this time of year, and for employees of the Federal government, the Commander and Chief just gave them one more reason this Christmas. No, President Trump doesn’t look anything like the Grinch but Santa Clause? Okay, probably not Santa either, but at least for a little while he sure may feel a lot like a ripe jolly fella to many.
Merry Christmas to all, and may you all enjoy your day off from Santa Trump!