Mike Huckabee News
Nov 27 2012
Americans didn’t just spend Thanksgiving weekend eating leftovers and fighting over discount flat screens. They also went to the movies in record numbers. Hollywood.com reports that from Wednesday to Sunday, the total box office take reached $290 million, smashing the Thanksgiving weekend record set in 2009. The new “Twilight” movie was #1, followed by James Bond, and in third place with over $34 million, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” My recommendation---the Life of Pi….and see it in 3D. Truly remarkable film.
I’m especially glad that “Lincoln” is a hit because it’s both a terrific film and a valuable lesson about the incredible behind-the-scenes maneuvering that it took to get Congress to outlaw slavery. Too often, we condemn historical figures for not doing what we think they should have on issues that seem clear-cut to us. We don’t know the agonizing compromises they were forced to make in their time, just to move the ball a little closer to the goal line. “Lincoln” makes it abundantly clear that the best of intentions weren’t enough. It also took an iron will and a lot of arm-twisting and palm-greasing. Plus, I appreciated that it may be the first big-budget Hollywood film in 50 years where the hero is a Republican. Although I’d bet there were studio meetings about whether it would be possible to make Lincoln a Democrat.