Jimi was doing something beautiful with the song and put his twist on it to give it a patriotic feel.
Presidents' Day, a patriotic holiday for most, is just an excuse for some Wingnuts to ask God to kill Barack Obama.
The patriotic song, written by Washington attorney Francis Scott Key, had been popular ever since it was written in August 1814.
1650s, "of one's own country," from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes (see patriot). Meaning "loyal, supporting one's own country" is from 1757. Related: Patriotical.