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Israeli Embassy Creates Presidents Day BuzzFeed Post

February 17, 2014 By:
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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). Photo from Wikimedia.

The Israeli embassy in America honored Presidents Day by creating a BuzzFeed page titled 65 Years of U.S.-Israel Solidarity: A Look Into the History of the U.S.-Israel Relationship.

BuzzFeed is a social news website that outputs both serious journalistic pieces as well as popular, often comedic entertainment content.

The article, which was created on Feb. 15, featured several pro-Israel statements made by former U.S. presidents during meetings with their Israeli counterparts. Former president Richard Nixon was quoted as saying, "Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom." The quote was taken from a meeting between Nixon and former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. Other presidents quoted in the post included Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy.

Originally implemented as a federal holiday in 1879, Presidents Day began as a tribute to the first United States president, George Washington. The holiday is celebrated each year on the third Monday in February. 

Through today, there have been 43 U.S. presidents that have presided over 44 presidencies — Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms.

Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman, a former U.S. senator, represents the closest a Jew has ever come to serving in the White House. He ran as the Democratic nominee for vice president behind presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000. They won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

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