President's Day knowledge put to the test - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/16/09

President's Day knowledge put to the test

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You probably noticed that banks were closed and the mail didn't come today, but do you know why? It's in honor of President's Day.

"We don't have school - it's a holiday - President's Day," said a group of 8-year-olds. They have our first President George Washington to thank for their day off.

The federal holiday originally and officially known as Washington's Birthday has been around since 1885.  In 1971, Congress moved the celebration of Washington's birthday to the third Monday of February to create President's Day and to also honor Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12th.

While everyone can probably name our newest president, but what about the others? We picked a few presidents to see just how many folks recognized their former commanders-in-chief. Then NewsChannel 11 went to South Plains Mall to catch up some folks to test their presidential knowledge.

Most folks held their own, but still there were some presidential pictures that stumped most everyone.  "Mr. Washington. Mr. Bush, Lincoln, Nixon... don't have any idea," said one shopper.

Two eighth graders were spot on about Kennedy and questioned whether or not they had just studied Thomas Jefferson. "Didn't we just do this in history?" they asked each other.

Almost everyone NewsChannel 11 showed William Howard Taft's picture to opted to pass on guessing his name.  But flks were able to spot Martin Sheen out of the line up and knew he didn't belong, "he doesn't look like a president," said one shopper. 

"Do you think enough people remember our past presidents?" NewsChannel 11 asked one shopper. "No. I graduated three years ago and I don't remember all of them," he replied.

But the future is bright for one group of 8-year-olds. In unison they named Washington and Lincoln, but said that naming Richard Nixon was tough.

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