President-elect Lincoln, February 23, 1861
If there’s one thing that really bugs me about the present sorry state of affairs we find ourselves in, it’s the utter lack of “history.” Everything goes down the rabbit hole, unless it is re-written and spun into a revised version of what actually happened before. Rarely is any news item put into context, unless it pertains to the career/personal life of a Britney Spears or some other “celebs in the news.”
Obama, of course, in his Reno, Nevada interview during the primaries in which he waxed poetic about Ronald Reagan, completely dissed continued references to lessons “learned” from the Vietnam War. (And, I see how lately, Wes Clark has joined the bandwagon). History? WHO NEEDS IT WHEN WE ARE CREATING OUR OWN FOR MASS CONSUMPTION!!
The only history that matters these days is “Obama History.” Almost nothing is ticking me off more about this cheesy media creation hitting D.C. than the misuse of the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. To see “Honest Abe” being used like a brand logo a la Mr. Clean or Ronald McDonald, especially by a liar like Obama, is more than just cheesy–it’s downright nauseating.
Of course, the general public doesn’t give a hoot, since they don’t know squat about Lincoln. How could they? They don’t know squat about ANYTHING other than football scores and the weather. Knowledge about George Washington isn’t faring too well either, from what I can see.
Of course, when they took away the holiday for each of these Presidents and glommed them into one day–President’s Day–that was the start of the disrespect. Hey, why have two holidays, one for the guy who was there at the founding of the nation and one for the guy who held the country together during a civil war and got assassinated for his trouble, if you can have one day and can get all this history out of the way in one fell swoop? And even better…banks only have to close for one day instead of two! As an extra bonus, it’s easier to have one big sales event rather than changing the ads for another one only a week or so later!
I’ll make a prediction: You’re going to see a “Obama Day” as soon as is possible. I bet it will celebrated on August 4th, Obama’s birthday, nicely slotted in between July 4th and Labor Day. The sales planned that day will be especially big in the sporting goods stores (lots of opportunity to sell bathing suits) and the grocery stores will feature bologna, of course. There’s no way you’ll see “white sales” because they would be deemed racist, of course!
Now, back to Abraham Lincoln, who has been used by the Obama camp to the extreme. I get the “Lincoln freed the slaves” angle and the narrative that ties into the first “black” President, coming from Illinois, no less. The Lincoln references kicked off in February 2007, when Obama picked the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois to announce his candidacy. But since then, Lincoln has been cheapened by Axelrod and Obama and their marketing slaves who are in overdrive.
Over the weekend, the Obama family visited the Lincoln Memorial:
By CHRISTINE SIMMONS, Associated Press Writer Christine Simmons, Associated Press Writer – Sun Jan 11, 12:52 am ET
WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama made an unannounced visit Saturday night with his family to see the Lincoln Memorial, paying tribute to a former president he frequently invokes as an inspiration.
It was a day in which Obama played the role of tourist, seeing the most famous monuments in the nation’s capital while experiencing the flavor of the city.
AP – President-elect Barack Obama walks with his wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, after touring …
Obama will be back at the Lincoln Memorial soon. He plans to trace the train route that Lincoln took and hold a welcome event at the Lincoln Memorial ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Though he’s worked in Washington for about four years as a senator, Obama appeared to relish the sights of Washington on Saturday. Before arriving at the Lincoln Memorial, his motorcade drove on Constitution Avenue and then swerved around on a road right beside the Washington Monument. His family had the opportunity to get a full, close-up view of the monument for several minutes.
The whole tone of the article makes it seems that the Obama family are first-time tourists. “Experienced the flavor of the city”?? “Appeared to relish the sight”??? Which makes me wonder…if Obama and his family are so devoted to Abraham Lincoln, didn’t they hot foot it to the Lincoln Memorial when he first came to the Senate?? Maybe he was just too busy signing those book deals for later use in a the “unplanned” Presidential campaign…Of course, Obama didn’t really “work” in D.C. for four years, since half the time was spent running for President in spite of announcing that he didn’t have enough experience to do so…
Taking the train route that Lincoln traveled and the event planned at the Lincoln Memorial are the culmination of this Lincoln blitz. Some previous uses of Lincoln as a stage prop include:
1. The news that one of Obama’s kids will be doing her homework on Lincoln’s desk…and it was HER idea!! Oh, please, who can buy this?? Well, Barbara Walter could and the whole video is still available with the ABC story:
Obama Talks to Barbara Walters About Homework, History and Happy Family
Malia Obama, the 10-year-old daughter of President-elect Obama, plans to make herself right at home in the White House and has already called dibs on using Abraham Lincoln’s desk for her homework.
“She says, ‘You know, Daddy, I’ve got an idea,’” Obama told ABC News’ Barbara Walters during an exclusive interview.
“She says, ‘Well you know how sometimes I have these, you know, big papers that I have to write? If I’ve got an important paper, a history paper, I think I’m going to go in that room where Abraham Lincoln, where there’s that thing where he signed it?”
“You mean the Gettysburg Address?” Obama asked.
Yeah. I’m going to sit at that desk because I’m thinking that will inspire big thoughts,” she told her father.
“Hey, go ahead kid,” Michelle Obama said with a laugh.
OH, YEAH, the kid thought that one up ALL BY HERSELF!! Any actual PROOF she said it?? I doubt it…sounds like a canned speech to me at the very least, or another FAKE part of Obama’s life history.
And, by the way, isn’t that desk a national treasure?? The kid’s got “dibs“???? What if this little scholar spills a soda all over it? I guess we’ll never hear about it, so not to worry…I bet Lincoln’s own kids never did there homework on this desk…Lincoln was too busy trying to deal with the Civil War, I would guess. And, oh, yes, the White House was plenty “kid-friendly” then, too…
I really am curious, though, about who will be the first guest in the Lincoln Bedroom…
Of course, there’s MORE!
2. Obama will be EATING LIKE LINCOLN!! From ABC’s Jake Tapper:
January 10, 2009 11:41 AM
On Inauguration Day, not only will President-elect Obama be sworn in using the Bible that was used to swear in President Abraham Lincoln, he will dine like Lincoln as well.
The luncheon that will be served in Congress’s Statuary Hall to the president-elect and vice president-elect and their families — as well as congressional leaders, justices of the Supreme Court and pending members of the Obama Cabinet — will be modeled after foods that Lincoln ate and enjoyed.
The first course will even be served on replicas of the china picked out by then-first lady Mary Todd Lincoln at the beginning of her husband’s term in office.
What, only replicas of the Lincoln china????
3. Then there’s THE BIBLE mentioned above:
Via the Columbus Dispatch (original story in the Chicago Tribune)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 2:58 AM
KAILUA, Hawaii — When he places his hand on a Bible to be sworn into office on Jan. 20, Barack Obama plans to use the holy book used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration in 1861.
The selection maintains the Obama practice of encouraging historical comparisons with the 16th president, who was the first from Illinois and one of the next president’s favorites.
In announcing his presidential bid in February 2007, Obama picked the Old State Capitol in Springfield, where Lincoln had served. He also plans to follow Lincoln’s example by taking a train to Washington for his inauguration.
Obama will be the first president since Lincoln to use this particular Bible, which is typically housed at the Library of Congress. The book was not the Lincoln family Bible, which was packed away among family belongings that were being shipped from Springfield.
Well, no replica this time….it will be the REAL bible that Lincoln used. I sure hope it isn’t raining or snowing on Inauguration Day, for the sake of the Lincoln Bible, if nothing else…
Yup, Barack Obama really “hearts” Abe Lincoln!! They have so much in common especially since they both represented Illinois. Of course, Obamas got to Illinois in a rather roundabout way. At least Lincoln came from the nearby frontier…
And there’s so much more they share…not. While Lincoln was struggling in the wilds and living in a lean-to and log cabin, Obama was, well, er, a different set of character-building experiences:
CHICAGO (AP) — When Barack Obama arrived at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago, he was a politician in need of clout.
He had just been trounced in his bid for Congress. His credit card was rejected at the car rental counter. He couldn’t snare a floor pass, so he ended up watching most of the speeches on TV monitors in the arena. And he went home early.
His political future was uncertain.
Four years later, Obama attended the 2004 Democratic convention. This time, though, there was a sea change: He had been tapped to be the keynote speaker, a coveted spot for up-and-comers — and as a U.S. Senate nominee generating political buzz, he fit the bill.
Gosh, what difficulties Obama had to face! Heck, at least he was spared the the horrors of Lincoln-Douglas-type debates!
Poor Lincoln, being used by this crowd. But, how can anybody be surprised, since the Obama machine has shown so little capacity for class and respect all along? Yup, Abraham Lincoln, right up there with Ludacris…
Abraham Lincoln — Timeline, Photos, Words (The History Place)
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