Here at WhiteClouds, we have 3D printed busts of two presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. These two presidents are linked in an incredible way: Abraham Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves and Barack Obama is the first African-American U.S. President.
President Obama has also said that 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing and states that “a once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”
Let us take a closer look at the lives of these two remarkable men:
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 and was assassinated on April 15, 1865. Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his death in April 1865.
Fun Facts about Abraham Lincoln:
1. He was a renowned wrestler and has an “Outstanding American” honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
2. Lincoln is the only President to hold a patent, which is for a device for lifting boats over shoals
3. Lincoln and his wife held séances in the White House to try to contact their deceased sons
4. He was the first President to have a beard
5. Lincoln kept notes and important papers in his stovepipe hat
6. He was the first major political figure to suggest that women should have the right to vote
7. He is the first President to have a photo taken at inauguration
8. Lincoln disliked being called “Abe”
9. Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official holiday on the final Thursday of November that was celebrated on the same day by all states for the first time in 1863. (The date was later changed by Franklin D. Roosevelt to the fourth Thursday of November).
10. One week before he was assassinated, Lincoln had a dream that someone in the White House was crying over a coffin. When Lincoln questioned the person who it was that had died, he replied, “the President.” When Lincoln looked into the coffin, he saw his own face.
On January 1st, 1863, Lincoln issued an executive order for the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves. On November 19th, 1863 Lincoln dedicated the Soldiers’ Nation Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and gave the Gettysburg Address:
The Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
November 19, 1863
Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4th, 1961 and is the 44th President of the United States from 2009-present.
Fun facts about Barack Obama:
1. He owns a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali
2. Obama speaks Spanish and basic Indonesian
3. He has his hair cut each week by his Chicago barber Zariff for $21
4. Obama is the first President from Hawaii
5. He was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review
6. Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. are the top 3 men that he admires most
7. Obama has read all of the Harry Potter books to his daughters
8. Obama won a Grammy in 2006 for his audio version of his book, Dreams from My Father
9. Obama’s favorite President is Abraham Lincoln
10. He keeps a Kenyan carving of a wooden hand holding an egg as a symbol regarding the fragility of life
On February 10th, 2007 Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States at the Old State Capital building in Springfield, Illinois. This site was an important symbol as this is where Abraham Lincoln gave his House Divided speech in 1858.
On November 4th, 2008 Obama became the first elected African-American President of the United States. On November 6th, 2012 Obama was reelected President.
Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama: Linked in Time
The historic actions of Abraham Lincoln have allowed Barack Obama to step forward as the President of the United States. To celebrate our great Presidents, WhiteClouds presents 3D printed busts of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln as well as smartphone cases with quotes from Lincoln.