George Washington was the indispensable man for the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the beginning of our Republic. No one else could have filled the role; without Washington, we might have had a Napoleon, or worse. So let's not talk about "President's Day" today. It's Washington's Birthday, period, full stop. It ought to be a national holiday by itself; children ought to write essays for the local newspapers about him; stories about Washington ought to be told by fathers to their sons (and daughters) with a tear in the eye, a la Shakespeare: "This story shall the good man teach his son."
This is what I said last year on February 22nd, and it still holds:
Look, I don't quibble with the fact that we have a Martin Luther King Day. It's a good thing. But I feel very strongly that, if we are going to have a Martin Luther King Day, we also ought to have an Abraham Lincoln Day and a George Washington Day. King was a great man; Lincoln and Washington were greater men, and there really shouldn't be any dispute about that. So let's cut out all this crap about "Presidents' Day" -- I'm not celebrating Millard Freaking Fillmore, for Christ's sake -- and go back to Lincoln's Birthday on February 12th and Washington's Birthday on February 22nd. That's the way it ought to be.