Aaron Schock Compares Self To Lincoln, Also A Big Katy Perry Fan
Today was a sad day for Aaron Schock. First, they cancelled “Downton Abbey” (couldn’t they have waited a day?), and then, with a heavy heart, he delivered his farewell to speech to Congress. A speech in which he compared himself to Abraham Lincoln.
Schock, whose resignation takes effect March 31, noted that Lincoln had his House seat for one term, “but few faced as many defeats in his personal business and public life as he did.”
“His continual perseverance in the face of these trials, never giving up, is something that all of us Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life,” Schock told a nearly empty House chamber. “I believe that through life’s struggles we learn from our mistakes and we learn more about ourselves. And I know that this is not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.”
You know, sure, it’s always nice to have heroes and to learn from one’s mistakes, and we all hope that Schock will learn from his. However, it is a little odd to compare getting in trouble for spending taxpayer funds on Katy Perry tickets to anything Abraham Lincoln ever did. It sounds a lot like a thing a smartass kid might say in order to get out of being grounded.
Mom: You got an F in English! I guess you won’t be going out this weekend!
Kid: I made some mistakes, yes, by not going to class or turning in my assignments. But you know who also made mistakes? Abraham Lincoln–and I think he turned out pretty OK, don’t you? Or, do you hate America?
I’m not sure Aaron Schock has much of a future in politics to look forward to, but perhaps he might consider writing a pilot for a re-imagining of the seminal TV series “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose?” I think he just might be able to pull that one off!