Sunday, November 29, 2009

WHAT A DINGBAT!

Well, President BO has once again tried to rewrite history...this time out of ignorance, with which he is plentifully endowed.

In his speech about Thanksgiving, President BO said the following:

"When President Lincoln set aside the National Day of Thanksgiving for the first time — to celebrate America’s “fruitful fields,” “healthful skies,” and the “strength and vigor” of the American people — it was in the midst of the Civil War, just when the future of our very union was most in doubt. So think about that. When times were darkest, President Lincoln understood that our American blessings shined brighter than ever."

Close...if you count 74 years as close.

Actually, President George Washington made the first Thanksgiving proclamation in our country in In 1789. It was on November 26th, too:

He said:

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:


NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressiona;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.


(signed) G. Washington

For the uninitiated, the picture at the top is of a printer's type style called "dingbats." It was a term memorialized by Archie Bunker of the TV show, "All in the Family" with which he denigrated his TV wife, Edith. He could easily have used it to describe President BO.

7 comments:

Mark said...

Thanksgiving Day was originally intended to be a day set aside specifically to thank GOD for His bountiful blessings.

That's why we call it Thanksgiving, not a celebration.

If Lincoln set it aside to celebrate fruitful fields, healthful skies, and strength and vigor of anyone other than God, even Lincoln got it wrong.

There is speculation that Lincoln may not have been a Christian, unless he converted very late in life.

Joe said...

Mark: To thank God? Why, my liberal aquaintenances told me it was to thank the Indians!

Funny, though, I did not see a reference to Indians in Washington's proclamation.

Guess he hadn't read our 21st century history books yet and wasn't clear on why he was issuing the proclamation.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Obama a Dingbat?
I thought that Tiger Woods taught him all he knows!

Joe said...

DD2: They are cast from the same mold, only different window dressing.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Joe, see my newest blog, I think you’ll find it very interesting.

Joe said...

DD2: I did. You were right.

Professor of Life said...

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If we are ever to win this thing, we must fight it to win it. Nothing less that that is going to work.