At the 1886 dedication of the statue, President Grover Cleveland said, "a stream of light shall pierce the darkness until liberty shall enlighten the world."
"What does Presidents Day mean to me? Well, it's a nice idea to think that we'd all kind of take a day and review American history and the high points and the low points and what some of the presidents did and perhaps didn't do," he said. "I'm afraid we don't do that. Presidents Day right now seems to be really more of a holiday."