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E.J. Henderson on Historic Election


Today will mark the final Presidents' Day with Barack Obama in the nation's highest office, as he's nearing the end of his second term.

Obama is the 44th President of the United States, and became the first African American elected to the office on Nov. 4, 2008, winning 52.9 percent of the popular vote and 365 of the 538 electoral votes. He was inaugurated Jan. 20, 2009.

Four years later, Obama won reelection with 51.1 percent of the vote and 332 electoral votes.

Vikings Youth Football Manager and former linebacker E.J. Henderson reflected on what Obama's historic first presidential election meant:

"I think a lot of people kind of let their racial guard down, and I think it was a moment that black, white, yellow, green went out and supported a good cause. I don't think it was so much about President Obama's politics, but I think it was more about that whole message of inclusiveness, togetherness and the country really seeing where we want to go."

Presidents' Day was initially established (throughout the country in 1885) in honor of first President George Washington, who was born Feb. 22, 1732. It was moved to the third Monday of February in 1971. William Henry Harrison (Feb. 9, 1773), Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809) and Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6, 2011) also were born in the month, but the holiday includes honoring all past Presidents.

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