Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Day Unlike Any Other

Be sure to put your feet in the right place,
then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln 

One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth as the President and Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed a performance of "The American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre.  The shot fired from Booth's gun mortally wounded the President.  Less than twelve hours later, at approximately 7:22 AM on April 15, 1865, he would be pronounced dead.  

Were it not a report of truly terrible news, the Associated Press story that correspondent Lawrence Gobright filed of the night's events might actually be appreciated for its unintended humor.  Read Gobright's report for yourself and see if the prominence given to what actually happened to President Lincoln does not surprise you and - perhaps - make you smile just ever-so-slightly.  A damn shame really that the assassination of the President interrupted what otherwise might have been a sterling review of the evening's performance. 

It was just yesterday that Senator Marco Rubio of Florida became the latest jockey to saddle up a mount in what shall undoubtedly be a horse race to secure the nomination of the Republican Party for the job that proved to be the final job of Republican Abraham Lincoln.  "The Party of Lincoln"?  Once upon a time perhaps.  Not so much these days.   

Juxtaposition, thou art a heartless bitch but one with a delightfully dark sense of humor.


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