On Monday, we will honor the men who have led our country with giant sales on mattresses, marathons on our favorite cable TV channels and, for many folks, a three-day weekend.
Presidents Day is perhaps the quirkiest of all federal holidays because we can’t all agree on who it honors or even on how to spell it. The U.S. government officially lists the day as honoring George Washington’s birthday. Many states include Abraham Lincoln in the celebration, some include Thomas Jefferson, and several states list it as a day to honor all presidents.
Nor is there agreement on where to place the apostrophe. Sometimes it isn’t used at all (Presidents Day), sometimes in the singular (President’s Day) and often in the plural (Presidents’ Day).
Hammacher Schlemmer has a presidential history of its own. Numerous Chief Executives and their families have been known to shop with us for unique gifts.
Herbert Hoover favored our bar supplies. Likewise, we suspect any president or CEO or even a retired person with oenophilia would appreciate this unique gift: a dual-temperature wine credenza that stores both reds and whites at their proper temperatures.
John F. Kennedy purchased an electric bed from us, a unique gift for the White House. Happy birthday, Mr. President, indeed.
And Lady Bird Johnson consulted with us while renovating the White House closets. Should another First Lady (or First Gentleman) undertake a similar project, she/he will find that we have several options for closet organization that would address the LOTFW’s* sartorial needs.
* Acronym for Leader of the Free World