Friday, December 19, 2008

Coming: Year Of Lincoln At Kiko's House

The lure of invoking Abraham Lincoln as an historic antecedent to contemporary events is seductive but rather silly. The Culture War cannot be compared to the Civil War, Falujah is not Fort Sumter, the circumstances under which the 16th president led were unique in American history, and the fact that President-elect Obama is another skinny guy from Illinois as well as a student of Lincoln is hardly reason enough to endlessly invoke Honest Abe's name over the next four (or eight years), although that is bound to happen.

I too am a student of Lincoln and believe he to be the greatest president because none faced such enormous challenges, none grew more in office and none reinvented the United States to the extent that he did.

All of that and the fact that 2009 is the bicentenary of Lincoln's birth is all the reason I need to present a series of posts on the great man over the next 12 months.

Many of these posts will be offbeat. No surprise there if you're a regular reader here. Did you know, for example, that Lincoln was the first technology president? That he never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House? Or that he once kissed a reporter?

Your input and contributions in this endeavor are welcome. Drop me an email if you have any ideas or would like to write a guest post.

-- Love and Peace, SHAUN
Top photo: Alexander Gardner's "Cracked Plate Lincoln"
(February 1865), famous because the assassination
bullet followed the path of the crack.

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