Talk about a big ego! President Trump plans to make his inauguration day a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion." According to Occupy Democrats, the proclamation will be published in the Federal Registrar tomorrow, January 24, 2017.
The order was first signed on President Trump's inauguration day, January 20, 2017, shortly after he signed an executive order that weakened the Affordable Care Act and "revoking tax credit for first-time home buyers."
The proclamation reads:
"A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart. We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose. Freedom is the birthright of all Americans, and to preserve that freedom we must maintain faith in our sacred values and heritage.
Our Constitution is written on parchment, but it lives in the hearts of the American people.
There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it.
There are no greater people than the American citizenry, and as long as we believe in ourselves, and our country, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country — and to renew the duties of Government to the people."
White House spokesman Sean Spicer took to the official Press Secretary Twitter account to spread the news shortly after Trump was sworn in.
Some are less than thrilled at this new holiday.
The proclamation states that January 20, 2017 is now a national holiday but not if that holiday will be an annual occurrence. In 2002 and 2014, President Bush and President Obama proclaimed September 11 Patriot Day, with the latter also naming it the National Day of Remembrance.
However, neither of the former presidents made the national observance into a federal holiday.
While presidents are able to make one-time holidays through executive order, it is up to Congress whether or not that holiday becomes a federal holiday. At this point we do not know if this National Day of Patriotic Devotion will happen every year.