Up until recently, every Presidents Day sale commercial I had seen was either stupid, disrespectful or both. And then I caught this Executive Office Slow Jam from Honda. Oh yes, that is glorious. And inspired. "Who's your founding father?" "Talkin' 'bout the red, white, and bluetooth." I need to watch this again. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have never seemed so damn soulful.
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As Barack Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress, I thought it a good time to take a look back at this most unique event in American politics. So I've gathered images from previous presidential SOTU addresses, from President Woodrow Wilson's in 1918 to President Obama's in 2010. I couldn't find any for Warren G. Harding, and Herbert Hoover made no public appearances before Congress (probably a good move). Appearing in this gallery are Presidents Barack Obama (2010), George W. Bush (2008), Bill Clinton (1999), George H.W. Bush (unknown date), Ronald Reagan (1988), Jimmy Carter (unknown date), Gerald Ford (1975), Richard Nixon (1971), Lyndon Johnson (1968), John F. Kennedy (1963), Dwight Eisenhower (1960), Harry S. Truman (1953), Franklin Delano Ro...
This post was originally published on Veterans Day 2008, and has proven to be one of my more popular entries. So I'm bringing it back as my small tribute for this year. Originally known as Armistice Day, the first Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11, 1938 -- the 20th anniversary of the effective end of World War I. Starting in 1954 the scope of the holiday was expanded to commemorate all those who had fought and served for the United States. I don't have any stirring essays in me, so my small tribute to our armed forces is this collection of images portraying the history of major American military conflict. Thank you all for your service! American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) The Battle of Trenton (December 26, 1776) was a turning point in the American Revo
And so we've come to the final installment of our second trip through time, via View-Master. So hop on the tour bus and take a ride to Washington Square... Located in the famous Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Washington Square Park has an interesting history. It was the site of a Native American village until it was taken by force by the Dutch; they in turn gave the land to freed slaves, earning it the nickname "Land of the blacks." These former slaves owned the land from 1643-1664. Fast forward to 1797, when the area - still farmland - was purchased for use as a burial ground. The cemetery once housed there was closed in 1825, but even today there are 20,000 bodies that call the Square home (creepy!). Fast forward again, to 1889, and that's when the arch show