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DC Workers Losing Extra Day Off For Inaugural

From the Washington Post:

Historic inauguration on MLK holiday means federal workers lose a quadrennial holiday

By Josh Hicks | January 6, 2013

Inauguration Day normally entails an extra paid holiday for federal workers in the Washington area, but no such luck applies this year. That’s because the public swearing-in ceremony coincides with another federal holiday — the Jan. 21 observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

That means the historic event — the first African American president taking the oath of office on a holiday commemorating one of the nation’s most notable civil rights leaders — will cost the region’s government employees a quadrennial holiday, at least in terms of pay and leave.

Gosh, that is rough. (In the interest of fairness, we suggest that any federal employee who can spell and define the word ‘quadrennial’ will get a paid day off anyway.)

The official Inauguration Day takes place every four years on Jan. 20, except when the date falls on a Sunday, as it does this year. When that happens, the federal holiday moves to the following Monday.

Since the observance of King’s birthday falls on the same day, government workers in the D.C. area will lose the extra paid time off they usually receive for the swearing-in ceremony…

The government provides a holiday for the swearing-in to relieve some of the logistical problems — such as traffic congestion and security — associated with the event, which draws massive crowds. That’s also why the holiday applies only to federal workers in the D.C. area instead of nationwide…

What BS. They don’t get off when there are massive demonstrations on the Mall, which normally outnumber the crowds for inaugurations.

Why do they normally get this time off? Isn’t that the real scandal here?

Perhaps more notable is the symbolic importance of President Obama taking the oath of office on the King holiday.

“It works so well together,” said Hilary Shelton, senior vice president of policy and advocacy for the NAACP and director of the organization’s D.C. bureau. “It’s a wonderful thing, because so many people that support Dr. King’s legacy and believe in his dream will be coming to this inauguration.”

Shelton said Obama’s efforts on job creation, hate-crime prevention, public education and access to health care align with the mission of the late civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968.

So Martin Luther King, Jr was against job creation, too? Who knew?

“Many people see the agenda President Obama has worked so hard to push forward as something that supports Dr. King’s vision,” he said. “If we look at the agenda put forward by this administration, we see a direct correlation with what Dr. King worked for and died for.”


This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “DC Workers Losing Extra Day Off For Inaugural”

  1. JohnMG says:

    DC and workers……….two words that should never appear in the same sentence next to each other. And then there’s this:

    In the coming New Year, 2013, both Groundhog Day and the
    State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

    This is an ironic juxtaposition of events. One involves a
    meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of
    little intelligence for prognostication.

    The other involves a groundhog.

    Isn’t irony ironic?

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “That means the historic event — the first African American president taking the oath of office ..”

    See .. it’s true. Tell a lie often enough and loud enough and most folks will believe it.

    O-blah-blah is NOT the “first African American president”. He is the first multi-racial president; but to say he is the “first African American president” is to completely ignore his caucasian roots and frankly is a very superficial lie.

    I find it disgusting and counter productive.

    Further, here is what another American President had to say about “hypenated Americans”: “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.” (the whole speech here: http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/2010/05/teddy-roosevelt-no-room-in-this-country.html)

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