January 21 is National Hug Day (or National Hugging Day).

Shalala Hugs Obama

Obama Readies For A Hug

January 21 is National Hug Day. National Hug Day is not an official holiday, nor is it an officially designated day by Congress or any local government that I could find.

National Hug Day was created in 1986 by Reverend Kevin Zaborney from Caro, Michigan. The only “official” recognition of the day is from the U.S. Patents and Trademarks office. Reverend Zaborney had the day copyrighted. This means any rights to use National Hug Day in a commercial manner or make money off National Hug Day belongs to Reverend Zaborney.

How touching.

You can read all about National Hug Day here. According to the website, National Hug Day’s most “huggable person” of 2009 is Barack Obama. We at Right Pundits strongly beg to differ. “Hug” is not the impulse that comes to mind when conservatives see President Obama. In fact, we are preparing to seriously get “hugged” over by him for the next four years.

In any case, though it is not an official holiday, I think all of us on this site should take a moment to find someone else sickened and overloaded by Barack Obama inaugration events over the past four days and give him/her a hug. A nice hug, not one of those creepy, awkward ones that leaves both people uncomfortable.

Happy National Hug Day!

Photo: Wenn.comm: Barack Obama, Donna Shalala