Oregon Gov't Website Pictures 'President' Hamilton

February 17, 2014 - 6:25 PM
Oregon.gov Website Features 'President' Hamilton

Oregon.gov Website Celebrates Presidents Day

It's President's Day - and it appears that "President" Alexander Hamilton is receiving special recognition on Oregon's official webpage.  There's only one problem: Alexander Hamilton wasn't president. He was our first Treasury Secretary. To make matters worse, Oregon's state government is off today due to the holiday and won't be able to fix this rather embarrassing historical error.

Yet, they're not alone. Groupon also decided to honor "President" Hamilton through consumer spending deals.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton -- $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.

The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."

"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton -- undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.

But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.

Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.

It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.

Alexander Hamilton on Ten Dollar Bill

Alexander Hamilton on Ten Dollar Bill

Groupon spokesman, Nick Halliwell, said, "Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter," according to the Tribune.  So, was this a promotional stunt or historical ignorance, Mr. Halliwell?