I have a female friend who once told me that she had a HUGE crush on Abraham Lincoln when she was a kid. Her room was adorned with pictures of good old Honest Abe instead of tear out posters from Teen Bop or the latest movie star craze. I found this absolutely fascinating and strangely cool, and inquired what is was about Abe that gave her these feelings of butterflies, adoration and all around googoo gaagaa-ness.
She said that she’s just into guys with big noses.
OK. Not really the answer I was looking for, but the fact that she FELT something for Abraham Lincoln, even as a kid, was neat to me. Ever since that fateful day, I have looked at Abraham Lincoln in a different way. I realized then and continue to realize that I DO have feelings for Abe, and I might even know why.
First off, he is a hugely recognizable character. I have never met someone who couldn’t recognize Abraham Lincoln. Granted, I rarely open a conversation with his portrait in tow and the question on my lips, but perhaps I should from now on! I might be able to avoid some sticky situations this way.
Abe also did a lot for this country. Everyone knows what the Emancipation Proclamation is and everyone knows that he saw our great Nation through it’s most bloody and brutal war. If you don’t know what war I am talking about then just don’t bother ever talking to me again. Seriously! Another crisis averted all because of Abe.
Abraham Lincoln was really smart and really funny all at the same time. I mean, looking through some of his most famous quotes makes me wish that he could have run the country and been a writer on SNL simultaneously.
“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” – Abe Lincoln
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” – Abe Lincoln
“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? ” – Abe Lincoln
See what I mean? I think he would have done really well in modern day New York. Then there are the really wise, heavy quotes from Lincoln that just make you wonder were this guy came from? What made him such a visionary? How was it that he had this greater understanding of not only the human condition, but of Government? No one taught Lincoln this stuff. He LIVED this stuff. OK. A few more mind blowers.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ” – Abe Lincoln
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” – Abe Lincoln
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” – Abe Lincoln
“That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.” – Abe Lincoln
Now go celebrate the United States’ Independence from Britain this weekend as observed on the 4th of July, and while you are at it, celebrate the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth to boot! He deserves a party.
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