Meeting President Lincoln at Grant’s Cottage

Lincoln's Last Debate
“Lincoln’s Last Debate”

A few weeks ago I shook hands with our 26th President, trustbuster, Teddy Roosevelt in North Creek, NY. Last night it was a much earlier favorite – the 16th President, Emancipator Abraham Lincoln.

Along with two first-time actors the trio came to Grant’s Cottage Visitor Center for a world premiere performance of a staged reading written by award-winning author Gene Greissman.

“Lincoln’s Last Debate” is a play grounded in careful historical research by an actor and playwright who has won the Ben Franklin Award, which recognizes excellence in independent publishing.

What a treat it was to videotape a very plausible, conceivable conversation between Lincoln and Obama -the struggles, pains and rewards of being President.

Set in a the oval office shortly before the end of President Obama’s first term, the audience listens in on arguments that likely plagued President Obama in his decision to run for a second term. When the lights dim you know it’s time for the ghost of President Lincoln to appear and advise the worried Obama.

The old adage; history repeats itself, unfolds for the next 2 hours as the fatherly figure parallels his career with our current President. Even separated by 150 years, the two discuss early defeats, time in the Illinois legislature, time in Congress and public opinions. Further uncanny similarities continue with their talents, abilities, temperaments, policies, perceptions and setbacks.

Some of the repetition is random and coincidental and has no significance but other connections are meaningful and relevant to today. Overall it solidifies a lasting friendship between the two and leaves a lasting impression on the cause-and-effect universe we live in.