On February 6 National Lame Duck Day recognizes the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution or the Lame Duck Amendment. The term “lame duck” originated as a description of stock brokers in 1700s England who could not pay off their debts.
February 6 is Lame Duck Day. The unofficial holiday honors anyone who is on their way out of their jobs or their elected office. Duck in nature with dirty beak. Lame Duck Day is about politics, not ducks.
A lame duck, in politics, is an elected official whose successor has already been elected. The official is often seen as having less influence with other politicians due to their limited time left in office.