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Feds petition president to grant day off on Dec. 24

Want Christmas Eve off? There’s a petition for that.

Want Christmas Eve off? There’s a petition for that.

A federal employee (we assume) named “Skip S.” created a petition on the White House website’s “We the People” petition function asking President Obama to issue an executive order granting feds a four-day weekend by giving them the day off on Monday, Dec. 24.

According to the website, the petition has to collect 25,000 signatures by Jan. 1, 2013, to get an official response. While the website is a bit vague on whether that response comes when the petition reaches 25,000 signatures or when Jan. 1 rolls around, about 16,000 people nonetheless had added their signatures as of Dec. 11.

The petition, which was created Dec. 2, notes that a day off would be a “good gesture” in light of the two-year pay freeze feds have endured.

The petition also cited precedent—including a half-day off Obama granted on Dec. 24, 2009, and full days off George W. Bush granted around the holiday on four occasions during his tenure.

The petition is located here.

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