WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following message commemorating Presidents Day:
"For more than two centuries, Americans have celebrated the birthday of our first president, George Washington, and on Presidents Day we also commemorate the legacy of our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. "Washington earned his place in history as the father of our country, and Lincoln earned his for saving our union. Our country owes so much to these two remarkable individuals.
"Both men were guided by unshakeable principles and a love of liberty. As the nation's first Commander-in-Chief, Washington set an example for his successors to follow, respecting and valuing a constitutionally limited government. 'The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon,' Washington once said. As the Great Emancipator, Lincoln ensured that 'government of the people, by the people, for the people' did not 'perish from the earth.'"
"In February, we also mark the birth of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan," said Co-Chairman Day. "His leadership not only brought about economic rebirth--but also the death of Soviet Communism, the biggest threat to freedom from abroad.
"All of our leaders--from the White House to the courthouse--would do well to heed the examples of these great men. And all Americans should be grateful, today and every day, for their selfless leadership."
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