It’s Good to be the President When You Visit Gettysburg
In the classic movie History of the World Part II, actor/writer/producer Mel Brooks, playing French “Sun King” Louis XIV, looks toward the audience and remarks: “It’s Good to be the King.” Well, at least where visiting national parks is concerned, “It’s Good to be the President.”
Consider the special treatment that President George W. Bush received during his Friday, September 5, afternoon tour of Gettysburg National Military Park.
You and I will have to wait until the grand opening on September 26 before we can finally tour the park’s new Museum and Visitor Center. But you just don’t keep the prez waiting. He saw it all – the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, the galleries and artifacts, the Gettysburg film, the whole shebang -- and he didn’t pay that noxious admission fee we’ve been threatened with, either.
You and I have to dig down deep for the $55 needed to hire a licensed
guide for our battlefield tour. No such problem for the prez (who never
carries cash or credit cards, anyway), because he was supplied with the
no-charge guide services of Gabor Boritt, the Robert Fluhrer Professor of
Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg
College. (Professor Boritt, who has written 16 books about Lincoln and the
Civil War, knows a thing or two about Gettysburg, you betcha; if he ever
offered to give me a personal tour of Gettysburg, I’d ask him if it would
be OK to bring along 500 of my closest friends.)
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John R. Maass - 9/8/2008
"You and I will have to wait until the grand opening on September 26 before we can finally tour the park’s new Museum and Visitor Center."
What the hell do you expect him to do, stand in line?
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