American Elephants


When Congress Sang Happy Birthday to President Reagan by The Elephant's Child

A brief trip back in history: when Congress sang Happy Birthday to President Ronald Reagan.

It’s interesting to think about how our politics and national life have changed by the constant presence of cameras. The lives of miscreants have become far more risky since there are almost always people present with phones in their pockets to take their picture. But now even history has changed. What was once a rare filmed event, is now choosing between different versions. Events are not only recorded, but photoshopped, people are added or subtracted from the scenes.

This was February 6, 1987. Apparently this was the day of the State of the Union Speech, and the happy birthday song was saved until the end of the speech, which was eliminated to capture the song. An historic occasion. You don’t often get Congress all singing the same song in good humor.

Thanks to Weasel Zippers for the link

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