Thursday, March 22, 2012

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the candy?

Most everyone, by now, has heard about the kerfluffle over the John Wilkes Booth bobblehead that was briefly put on sale in the visitor's center of the Gettysburg National Military Park. It was a classic, "what were they thinking" moment.

And while some may have found the decision to sell this item shocking or distasteful, I doubt there are few who were surprised that there would be a market for such a product. Tasteless souvenirs are as American as apple pie. The Booth flare-up got me thinking about what the gift shop at Ford's Theater (or at least their online store) offers its visitors. Of course there is an Abe Lincoln bobblehead. How could there not be?

But even in this historic American shrine, one can find a souvenir to warm the cockles of even your most vulgar (American) cousin. Who among you wouldn't wish to remember your visit to the site of the Lincoln assassination with a bag full of candy? 

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