What about the Vice President

George Washington


President’s Day

Two American presidents were born this month, but of course you know that. You are probably still young enough to remember the days when we used to celebrate both Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s birthday. Now that they changed it to President’s Day so things will never be the same. In a few years, people won’t even remember Lincoln or Washington. All they will know is that it’s President’s Day. Future generations could be thinking that they are receiving a day off to honor the presidents of General Motors, Pepsi, or Google.

But enough about presidents. This is blog of absolutely no importance, and since presidents Washington and Lincoln were pretty influential people, I suppose I had better change the topic to something a little less important. . .  I know. Let’s talk about vice-presidents instead.


Why anyone would want to be the vice-president of anything is hard for me understand. First of all, you never get to be number one. (Unless someone dies or is fired, and then you get the title by default, so it still never really counts). As vice-president, it is your duty to proudly accept the position of second place. You do as much work as the president, maybe even more, but you get none of the glory. You are the second most qualified person for the job, yet no one will ever remember your name. If you think I am kidding – what were the names of the vice-presidents of Washington and Lincoln?

I’ll research that and get back to you, but in the mean time, can you tell me what is up with the title of vice! Isn’t a vice something your dad uses in the garage to squeeze things real tight, exerting pressure from both sides? If I stretch my imagination, I can see how that applies to the title of vice-president, because they are under a lot of pressure. But wait. There is an alternate definition of the word and I’m not kidding. Word for word, here is the first entry in the dictionary for the word vice: “an evil act or habit.”

Wow, what a title. And just think, big corporations hand out the title of vice-president all over the place; vice-president of operations, vice-president of sales, executive VP, etc. All right so maybe I am being a bit harsh but the other definition of vice isn’t that great either. It simply lists the word “subordinate.” See I told you, I can’t understand why anyone would actually want to be a vice-president. I’ve just picked on all of the hard working vice-presidents out there, and like always, they will have to just sit there and take it. But don’t feel too bad. After a while, no one ever really remembers the names of presidents either. Now the names of characters on television, that is something people remember.

And just for your information, John Adams was Washington’s VP and Andrew Johnson stepped in when Lincoln was assassinated. So to all you vice-presidents out there, I would like to say, thank you whatever your name is.

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