President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs. Gandhi in the White House.
Each year on the third Monday of February, the United States celebrates Presidents’ Day. Originally, it was to honor our first President, George Washington, but over time, it has become a way to celebrate all our former Presidents. One of my favorite Presidents, George Washington, who sent the first American consul to Kolkata in 1792, had great foresight regarding what President Obama has said is “the defining partnership of the 21st century.”
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Rajghat.
I also admire President Theodore Roosevelt, whose love for the outdoors resulted in his programs creating numerous national parks, forests and monuments, including the Grand Canyon. When I read of Minister Ramesh’s efforts to save Indian forests, parks, and tigers, I think of President Roosevelt. President John F. Kennedy is a favorite of most people from my generation. Much like what you feel in India today, he brought energy and a feeling of unlimited potential to America in the 1960s.
President Eisenhower in India
America has been blessed with great Presidents, so it is fitting that we honor them with a national holiday. Tell me who is your favorite president or prime minister. Why?