Honest Abe and cable TV
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Everyone is familiar with this quote, often mistakenly attributed to P.T. Barnum, but in fact muttered first by Abraham Lincoln. It’s obvious to me from that questionable opinion (not to mention the fact that Lincoln died in 1865) that Abe was never employed by an electronic entertainment/visual media conglomerate ... because had he worn a stovepipe hat with a satellite TV or cable company logo emblazoned on the front, the last part of that quote would have read ... ”but with the proper strategic marketing campaign, I can fool nearly everyone 99 percent of the time.” If employers such as these had padded Abraham’s resume, “Honest” Abe would have been a misnomer, and instead of The Rail Splitter, his other much more colorful nickname, "A-Linc" would forever after be known among his circle of friends, and perhaps throughout history as, “The Co-axial Cable Splitter.”
Though well documented as a possessor of extraordinary oratorical skills, it is an absolute impossibility (even at the height of his popularity) that Lincoln could have convinced me of the need for The Hopper (a DVR which, as the incredulous announcer voice informs us, can record up to 2,000 HOURS of your favorite programming).
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