Friday, September 30, 2011
Bill O'Reilly's Lincoln
Sorry, but I couldn't resist posting this. Republicans have generally distanced themselves from Lincoln. After all, he instituted the first federal income tax to fund the Civil War, conscripted soldiers, successively abolished slavery and began the federally-sponsored Reconstruction of Southern states, all of which would be anathema to present-day Republicans, except maybe abolition of slavery. So what does Bill O'Reilly have to say about Lincoln?
To read this article from The Daily Beast, it seems O'Reilly has essentially made Killing Lincoln into a political potboiler, and if successful plans more books in this vein.O'Reilly boasts of an extensive "Presidential Library." With his money, he certainly can afford some prized first editions, but he isn't willing to divulge the contents of his library for fear that he might attract unwanted attention. As it is, he has a close security watch given the "death threats" he receives.
O'Reilly has also been promoting his book on The Daily Show. Seems he and Jon Stewart have developed an amicable relationship over the years.