Presidential Idols


A British company is auctioning off a vial of Reagan's blood – it was apparently "collected" after he was shot by John Hinckley in 1981. David Graham isn't fazed by the appetite for a "true medieval-style relic": 

The still-young United States — deprived of the bones, blood, and fading locks of centuries-old saints, as well as a state church to celebrate them — has long made a habit of fetishizing relics from our late presidents instead. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, a famous photograph of the bloodstained sheets in Washington's Peterson House where he had lain entered popular circulation, and artifacts were distributed. The bed in which he died is now in the Chicago History Museum. A stained pillow ended up in the Peterson House, and a chair went to the Henry Ford Museum.

(Image from the auction website)