Bye Bye For Now!
President’s History Day Month has only furthered the obscurity and disrespect of “America’s Only Bachelor President,” James Buchanan. First, C-Span’s poll of presidential history guys ‘n gals on the go confirmed his spot at te bottom of the POTUS opinion sweepstakes. And now his Pennsylvania estate has had to collapse itself into the arms of a local historical society in order to stay afloat.
Buchanan’s Wheatland estate’s staff had dwindled to two, and its membership to 500, when the Lancaster County Historical Society beckoned. The deal is being presented as a marriage, but Wheatland is now just an option on the Society’s web-page.
Buchanan’s administration is recalled for his staying very still as the Civil War approached, and for the invention of the ghastly title “First Lady,” which in his case was his niece.
Lady In Question
An exciting future of failed president reenactors lies ahead!
It was probably just liberal Marxists off for a spoof, but for some the dream was real.
The year was 2004, and someone claiming to be “Ann Cuolter” didn’t care enough about their fraud to come up with a better fake name. In September of that year “Ann” launched a petition to put George W. Bush on Mt. Rushmore.
To call the response tepid would be to insult lukewarm water. Only 137 have signed in four years, and many did so only in order to broadcast their hatred of Bush and the notion, or to promote 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Actual Ann “It’s Never Too Warm For Leather” Coulter shown here in all her finery.
Elsewhere In Alternative Bush Reality:
Stache N’ Plate?
You hate to give the formless mass that is MTV credit, but their news blog may have stumbled on something watching the Semi-State Of The Union.
Is Barack Obama growing a mustache?
Too soon to tell, but as your Engaged & Underage HQ notes, something may be up.
Wednesday Obama announced his latest Commerce stalwart, and once again ambiguous upper lip action was present.
This never would have happened when Kurt Loder was alive.
Former President Bush is showing a little ankle, dropping by a political science class at the future home of his Presidential Library – Southern Methodist University
Bush’s first hired speech will be to foreigners, albeit in semi-American Canada.
The ex-president travels to exotic Calgary, Alberta March 17th in what is threatened to be the first of ten speeches this year. Bush crony, Bush Library director and ex-Commerce Secretary Don Evans warns Bush “has to earn a living,” despite his pension, Bush his ‘n her book deals and the remains of his dubious baseball fortune, so we can look forward to more of this.
We must brace ourselves for the inevitable Moonie-funded-through-exotic-passthroughs events which are sure to come.
The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning arts critic Mark Feeney has solved the Presidential Library/Pharaoh-ization problem: Make Obama go first!
It’s a position our first African-American President has been in many times before, and why not round out Black History Month by renouncing the building of his all but inevitable Presidential Library?
I agree with almost everything Feeney says about these places – the terrible history, bad architecture, and overall waste of these monuments to would-be greatness.
But why start with the new guy? George W. Bush has yet to announce a design, much less break ground – that one could be strangled in its birth. The Carter Library will be is closed most of this year in order to sink another $10 million into the place. And despite Feeney’s claim that the Nixon Library finally got his papers in 2007, they are still building, and the papers are not expected on site until Fall 2009.
The established Presidential Libraries are rotting from within, and could be left to wither. But why does Barack Obama have to be first?