Monday, February 19, 2007

Hail to the Chief

I was passing a car lot this weekend and what to my wandering eyes did appear but Abraham Lincoln (complete with top hat and bow tie) advertising a sale for the dealership. The thing that comes to mind for most Americans on Presidents' Day and over this past weekend is one word and one word only: SALES. It's funny how we honor and pay tribute to our greatest presidents. We sure know how to do them honor, eh?

It seems we've taken the presidents out of Presidents' Day and substituted 0% financing with no money down and 30% off sales where there once was respect and dignity. We only let them in so long as they can endorse king size mattresses or hold up a sign that reads "Presidential Savings!"

When was the last time John Adams cared whether or not General Motors put the American people in command by giving them presidential treatment in an offer of 3% APR with a $1000 cash allowance? Uncle Sam might want you to save money on custom window treatments, but Teddy Roosevelt? Call me crazy, but I just find it hard to believe the image of George Washington with a quote bubble coming out of his mouth endorsing modern day gizmos that never even came close to existing while he was alive. What's next? Franklin D. Roosevelt coming out with a new line of wheelchairs? Herbert Hoover replacing that Dyson character to sell vacuums at a holiday weekend discount price? Abraham Lincoln offering pre-fabbed log cabin homes at never-before-seen low mortgage rates?

I have to work today, while the members of Congress are enjoying a 9 day recess to celebrate and while Washington and Lincoln are most likely rolling over in their graves. But what do we all care anyway?...there's a huge sale going on somewhere!!! Better get over to your local Chevy dealership. They have some commanding offers on new models and this term ends in five days...

8 comments:

Amy and Andrew Daigle said...

Preach it sister. Nice work.

Lukas McKnight said...

I dig. I added you to my sidebar, and pretty high up (I might add).

I can't help but wonder (in Carrie voice) what holiday hasn't been hijacked by marketing and advertising anymore?

BTW, my birthday is being sponsored by Boddingtons this year.

Tads said...

Great blog sister... you are so right when it comes to this stuff. It seems like all America cares about is the all mighty dollar... they will do anything to get it, including step on a couple of old died presidents.

Scot said...

Sarah,
Now you are on my radar with a nice blog.

the velez luces said...

AMEN! so true. i was commenting on that to steve just the other night as we watched president's day sale commercial after commercial flicker by on our television screen. pathetic.

Alli said...

Hey Sarah! Thanks for letting me know about your blog. One more thing to distract me from my mundane job... ; )

The Lindahl News said...

Hey Library Flicka! I'm so glad to hear from you via my blog. And that you are loving library school.
The library community is looking forward to your MLS degree, and I am looking forward to reading your essays, observations and such. BTW, your three children's book choices are the best.

Anonymous said...

But I got a 32 inch HD Flat Screen LCD for under $400. I like the sales.