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February 12, 2009 9:37 AM   Subscribe

Today marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. Let's party like it's 1809!

Remarks by current President Obama on Lincoln's bicentennial.
posted by grapefruitmoon (31 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
it also marks the 39th anniversary of me. so you know..great minds.
posted by spicynuts at 9:43 AM on February 12, 2009


oh..and Christina Ricci. I'm thinking I might call her and make sure she's not lonely on her bday.
posted by spicynuts at 9:44 AM on February 12, 2009


Lincoln as a young man, probably and Lincoln with crazy hair. Both via Kottke.
posted by Rinku at 9:47 AM on February 12, 2009


Neat links, Rinku. Interesting to read about making the connections between a known photograph and a likely photograph--the thing about seeing evidence of the head injury is really fascinating.
posted by Neofelis at 9:52 AM on February 12, 2009


John Oliver on why Abraham Lincoln is so much like George W. Bush.

Also, to note, W made his Mission Accomplished speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 9:54 AM on February 12, 2009


Lincoln knew from experience how long hair could cling to plaster.

Boy, me too. Amirite guys?

Also: “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." --Abraham Lincoln
posted by DU at 9:55 AM on February 12, 2009 [3 favorites]


Walking across campus about 10 minutes ago, I crossed paths with a kid in costume as Lincoln, playing it totally straight. Totally made my day.
posted by COBRA! at 9:55 AM on February 12, 2009


Commemorative Lincoln Silver Dollars are available at the mint as of today, limit 100 per household, max 500,000 minted this year across all product lines. I mention this only because I have already ordered mine. ;)
posted by jamstigator at 9:57 AM on February 12, 2009


I see almost no difference.
posted by gman at 10:02 AM on February 12, 2009


Man, I never knew the Great Emancipator had such ...bedroom eyes.
posted by The Whelk at 10:03 AM on February 12, 2009


Rinku: "Lincoln with crazy hair."

ZooLincoln?
posted by Rhaomi at 10:06 AM on February 12, 2009


Let's have a party to commemorate this historic birthday with broadswords in a pit!
posted by hattifattener at 10:07 AM on February 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is freakin amazing
posted by spicynuts at 10:08 AM on February 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


Lincoln vs. Darwin.
posted by kozad at 10:09 AM on February 12, 2009


Man, I never knew the Great Emancipator had such ...bedroom eyes.
That's why he was known as the "Great De-Pantsinator" back in the day....
posted by Floydd at 10:09 AM on February 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


This is kind of a neat video about a Lincoln impersonator.
posted by EarBucket at 10:28 AM on February 12, 2009


"Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." - Abraham Lincoln

Partying like 1809 doesn't sound all that bad.
posted by Thoughtcrime at 10:33 AM on February 12, 2009


Yea really, Thoughtcrime. When I think of Lincoln, I think of three things:

Broadswords
Weed
Harmonica
posted by Mister_A at 10:53 AM on February 12, 2009


Henry Louis Gates' documentary on Lincoln premiered on PBS last night. I had a good chuckle when Professor gates visits the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and goes "Hi, fellas!"
posted by AwkwardPause at 11:22 AM on February 12, 2009


Let's party like it's 1809!

I'll get the moonshine and the sheep.



What? It's for our shearing contest!
posted by quin at 11:37 AM on February 12, 2009


It seems like just yesterday he was 175 years old. They grow so fast.

Even in 1901, he apparently looked damn good.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 11:38 AM on February 12, 2009


My local alt-weekly just did a special issue on Lincoln, which I wrote a short piece for. But eclipsing my piece and all others is Lincoln on Facebook.
posted by gerryblog at 11:58 AM on February 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


gerryblog - I lol'ed. My wife has graduated from a Webkinz habit to Facebook, so I really enjoyed sending your link to her. Thanks!
posted by ZakDaddy at 12:13 PM on February 12, 2009


Lenoardo DiCaprio as Robert Lincoln
posted by spicynuts at 12:28 PM on February 12, 2009


Seems as good a place as any to mention Segway Abe, who wanders Cambridge and Boston, bringing a smile to people's faces.
posted by explosion at 12:59 PM on February 12, 2009


Oh wow, I'm going to have to keep my eye out for Segway Abe. There's a classy dude.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:20 PM on February 12, 2009


How weird, I'm watching The Savage Curtain right now. Help me, Spock! And happy birthday, Abraham Lincoln.
posted by interrobang at 1:42 PM on February 12, 2009


Just got back from spending all day at the local Lincoln Symposium. Dr. John D. Smith on Lincoln's Emancipation policy and the recruitment of black troops, Dr. Joseph Glatthaar on Lincoln as a military commander (not good!) and Dr. William C. Harris on Lincoln as a political leader were just a few highlights. What a great way to spend the day.

I was going to do a post on the whole Abraham Enlow myth, but didn't have time and the meat of the post would have been something written by a co-worker and I didn't want to link to it as a FPP.
posted by marxchivist at 2:05 PM on February 12, 2009


Segway Abe's MySpace page is pretty funny.

"If you want my high-fives: right hands only PLEASE."
posted by orme at 2:20 PM on February 12, 2009


Ford's Theatre - where Lincoln was shot and killed - has re-opened after major renovations. It has several events scheduled to celebrate Lincoln's Bicentennial - including the world premiere season of a new play "The Heavens Are Hung In Black" - a play about Lincoln in the five months leading up to the Emancipation Proclomation.

Some trivia about Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, For'd's Theatre and the Booth Theatre in New York.
posted by crossoverman at 3:32 PM on February 12, 2009


Charles Darwin was born on the same day!
posted by wobh at 6:56 PM on February 12, 2009


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