Smithsonian Institution gets morbid before Obama inauguration

President Obama’s inauguration is coming up, and the Smithsonian Institution busted out some trivia to commemorate the occasion. Unfortunately, the featured historical nugget was a bit dark:

They couldn’t’ve come up with something a little less … morbid?

To their credit, they did delete the original tweet and replace it — with one containing the correct link:


  • V the K

    Second Terms tend to be the Star Wars prequels of Presidential Administrations; here’s praying that the pattern holds.

  • carla5731

    William Henry Harrison

    • Karl Morey

      I knew the answer, too–didn’t have to click the link. Yay for useless trivia!

    • shimauma

      I had to look it up, I could only remember that he died in 30 days

    • Angie (D)

      It was his own fault — he refused to wear a coat.

      • LordElrond09

        His speech blathered on too, for about 8000 words apparently

  • TheKingJAK

    I received both on my phone. You have to love the Smithsonian, a great institution who cares more about their respective fields than political correctness.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    Must have been some speech. lol

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      Wikipedia puts it at almost two hours to read – and that’s _after_ editing for length!

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Isn’t it the Smithsonian Institute, not ‘institution’?

    Nevermind. I suppose it is… I’ve always heard Institute. Carry on, nothing to see here.

    • nc

      I wasn’t sure either so I looked it up. It’s the Smithsonian Institution all right, but they seem to prefer going by their “first name” only, the Smithsonian.

  • ceemack

    What’s the weather forecast for DC on Monday?

    • Let’em Crash

      Obama said warmer weather than last one if he got elected (not making this up).

  • Fake Obama Follower

    Someone must have left Bones in charge of the Twitter today.

  • LordElrond09

    I think it was William Henry Harrison?

  • RightThinking1

    Inaugural speeches don’t kill Presidents, germs kill Presidents.
    If inaugural speeches actually DID kill Presidents, the Potomac would be afloat with bodies.

    • Psalmist1972

      We need legislation requiring Presidents to turn in their inaugural addresses obviously.

  • BeeKaaay

    Yup. Definitely morbid. That’s leftwingwackoism.