This is neither here nor there, but . . .
Why doesn’t the term of the U.S. President begin on January 1st? My guess is so that presidents-elect don’t have to take the oath of office with a hangover. But really, where the hell did they get January 20th, anyway? The founding fathers plucked a date straight out of their asses with March 4, the traditional inauguration day until the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933. Frustration and confusion over that totally random start date (as if the government couldn’t have begun functioning three months earlier!) must have been festering for over 150 years before Congress finally stood up and did something about it.
But why, in the name of God and everything holy, did they move the start of the presidential term from March 4 to January 20?! That is so incredibly, tantalizingly close to January 1, a date which would actually make sense, that whoever wrote the text of the amendment must have chosen it deliberately just to fuck with my head seventy-five years after the fact. Even more bewildering: terms of office for United States Senators and Representatives begin on January 3rd. Now come on, that one must be to get over the New Year’s Eve parties.