Washington media reminds us that Presidents’ Day is for crybabies

Complaining about Monday classes? Well, Vox doesn’t blame you, but the D.C. media and their readers are complaining about you.

That’s right, upon hearing about Georgetown’s earnest Facebook efforts to protest the administration’s decision to bag our Presidents’ Day holiday, NBC Washington and Wonkette commenced with the mocking.

“Cranky Georgetown Students Protest Monday Classes; Georgetown ruins snow days. And won’t someone PLEASE think of the founding fathers?” was the headline of NBC’s Carissa DiMargo’s stinging brief about our Facebook group and general displeasure over the snow day.”

“We get it, kiddos — a lot of you had already made travel plans,” she writes. “But let’s be honest. Are you reeeeally trying to ‘Protect Our National Holiday!’ as the name of the group suggests?

“Yep, won’t someone just think of the founding fathers for a change? The founding fathers WANT these students to have off from class! Jeez!”

Over at Wonkette, they were a little kinder, which is to say, their blog post, “Will Anyone Help These Poor Georgetown Students Celebrate Our Founding Fathers?” was shorter:

“The young princes of George Town College are furious that the school has decided to cancel their upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday, to make up some of the nine-years-worth of snow days they’ve had recently. Thousands of members have signed up! It will be a Revolution! No longer will George Washington’s legacy (/luxury skiing vacations) be tarnished under their watch!”

Hmm. Georgetown, you say? Figures…. Maybe they can all get their personal lackeys to go to class for them. After all, they’re writing all the papers.

But come on, give us a break. Imagine waking up on a Monday and learning you have to go to work on Saturday. Oh, and DiMargo? Totally a GWU grad.

11 Comments on “Washington media reminds us that Presidents’ Day is for crybabies

  1. “But come on, give us a break. Imagine waking up on a Monday and learning you have to go to work on Saturday.”

    Imagine getting a call Saturday morning and finding out you have to go to work Saturday. Welcome to the real world.

    I was sympathetic until that last line- and I’m an alumna.

  2. How completely unsurprising: everyone living outside of the university bubble saw that Facebook group for what it was: entitled laziness masquerading as an impassioned complaint to “protect” our national holiday! From the provost!

    Of *course* DC media is calling us out. Cat is absolutely correct – welcome to the real world. Sometimes you’re inconvenienced and don’t get what you want. In other news, water is wet! I’m sure the outcry from the students in that Facebook group did wonders for Georgetown’s image as a haven for spoiled brats…

    And one other thing: on the discussion board of that facebook group, the writer of a form letter to O’Donnell gives this rationale for his decision – “After all, that is the essence of democracy which our Presidents have fought to uphold and is thus why we honor them. ”

    Christ. Do these people read their own words?

  3. There was no President’s Day in Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, or Mao’s China. And now, apparently not in Obama’s America.

  4. I believe that should read “in O’Donnell’s America.”

  5. @@George Washington

    The following, according to Merriem-Webster:
    Main Entry: sar·casm
    Pronunciation: \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut
    Date: 1550

    1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
    2 a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm
    synonyms see wit

  6. Lay off George Washington, commenters. He’s just worried about the direction this country is going and, like any God-fearing, country-loving American citizen/founding father, is JUST ASKING QUESTIONS. Like, is it a coincidence that Monday President’s Day classes were REinstituted just days before the Winter Olympics kicked off IN CANADA? Why can Jim O’Donnell’s name be rearranged to form the words “NO MIND JELLO”?! WHO IS KING GEORGETOWN?!!?? WHY AM I YELLING?! WHY AM I CRYING?!!!?

  7. Thanks, Georgetown. Another example of when other GU students make us all look like selfish bimbos and bimbettes who would rather get trashed for an 11th day in a row than finally go back to class, where, my bad, we’re paying about $200 per class to attend. We earned those snarky articles, unfortunately, though I wish there were some way to keep them all from generalizing about Georgetown as a whole.

  8. Omg, Glenn Beck, best comment ever, you even trump the younglings remark from the other day.

  9. $200 per class? $19308 with 15 credits and 15 weeks per semester leaves classes at almost exactly $100/hour. N00B. At least you got to use a lot of commas.

  10. Pingback: Vox Populi » Comments of the Week: Sorry for partying NO MIND JELLO!

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