President’s Day celebrates the birthday of George Washington. The celebration was originally implemented as an Act of Congress in 1879.
A great place to visit on President’s Day, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed under the direction of Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum from 1927–1941, the sculpture’s roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Gutzon Borglum selected these four presidents because from his perspective, they represented the most important events in the history of the United States.
George Washington: Born 1732, died 1799. Washington led the colonists in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy. Because of his importance, Borglum chose Washington to be the most prominent figure on the mountain and represent the birth of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson: Born 1743, died 1826. Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. Gutzon Borglum chose Jefferson to represent the growth of the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt: Born 1858, died 1919. Roosevelt provided leadership when America experienced rapid economic growth as it entered the 20th Century. He was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the Panama Canal, linking the east and the west. He was known as the “trust buster” for his work to end large corporate monopolies and ensure the rights of the common working man. Borglum chose Roosevelt to represent the development of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln: Born 1809, died 1865. Lincoln held the nation together during its greatest trial, the Civil War. Lincoln believed his most sacred duty was the preservation of the union. It was his firm conviction that slavery must be abolished. Gutzon Borglum chose Lincoln to represent the preservation of the United States.
Hail to the Sweet Tooth!
It turns out that most presidents had a taste for sweet (and savory) treats. We like to think our Sweet Scented Pets would have been a match for a few of the former presidents.
Thomas Jefferson enjoyed Vanilla Ice Cream. Perhaps he might have enjoyed snuggling with PupCake, a vanilla scented cupcake. Grover Cleveland was also a fan of white cake with yummy vanilla frosting.
Franklin D Roosevelt liked fruitcake. We wonder if he would have liked the fruity smell of Gummi Pup?
Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush both enjoy chocolate chip cookies which would mean Cookie Pup might have presidential friends for life.
George H.W. Bush liked fresh popcorn. We bet our Popcorn Panda would be a winner in his house.
JFK enjoyed frozen strawberry flavored treats so Strawberry Milkshake Cow might have been a delightful match.
You don’t need to be a president to enjoy the new Pillow Pets Sweet Scented Pets. We have a flavor to delight almost anyone’s favorites whether it’s sticky sweet cotton candy or a fresh out of the oven scented blueberry muffins. Select your treat here: Sweet Scented Pillow Pets