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Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016

* When somebody starts comparing you to Lincoln, you can either politely demur or just go with the flow. Frerichs went with the flow

Although Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is a Democrat, when he was visiting the La Salle County Farm Bureau office in Ottawa on Monday, it was readily apparent he bears some resemblance to Republican Abraham Lincoln.

His height and new beard would seem to be similarities — but only to a point, he says.

Frerichs is 6-foot 8-inches while Lincoln was 6-foot 4-inches. But, he says, Americans today are on average three to four inches taller than they were in Lincoln’s time.

“If Lincoln had been born today, he probably would have reached his full potential of 6-feet 8-inches,” Frerichs told The Times.

Also, Frerichs noted his full beard is different than Lincoln’s chin curtain style, where the mustache is shaved.

However, Frerichs agrees there are similarities in that both are tall and lanky and grew up in Central Illinois.

* And here he is…


- Posted by Rich Miller        


59 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 2:58 pm:

    “I’m important, just ask me… “


  2. - Huh? - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:01 pm:

    So we are taking money out of the right pocket and putting it into the left pocket…


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:02 pm:

    “When Lincoln quoted me… “


  4. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:03 pm:

    I heard he passed on a chance to stop by the local play house production of Our American Cousin.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:03 pm:

    “I coulda been anywhere, I chose to grace you with my presence… “


  6. - Dave Dahl - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:04 pm:

    (his press agent) “You changed ‘four score and seven’ … to … 87?”

    >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYVlA9NTdfo


  7. - Gruntled University Employee - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:04 pm:

    He’s keeping the mustache so his brother and I don’t give him grief about looking Amish.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:05 pm:

    “You could say that. You could say I ‘am’ the Boss, when Bruce, Evelyn, Lisa, Jesse and Leslie are away… you could say that…”


  9. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:05 pm:

    Lincoln never wore blue jeans to work. What, is he trying to make the governor look overdressed?


  10. - Stones - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:09 pm:

    Rail splitter meet hair splitter


  11. - burbanite - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:09 pm:

    He needs the hat. They sell them in Springfield!


  12. - Huh? - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:09 pm:

    I am keeping my beard short because my wife thinks it is scratchy.

    I had to dress myself today because my wife doesn’t like my beard.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:09 pm:

    “I’m taller than Lincoln and my ego is bigger than Lincoln’s legacy… get the picture now?”


  14. - RNUG - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:13 pm:

    “If someone would give me an ax …”


  15. - Huh? - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:13 pm:

    I know I went to an Ivy League school, but I grew up in a small town, so I can pull off the sport coat and jeans and not look like a poser.


  16. - My New Handle - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:14 pm:

    Lincoln grew up in Kentucky and Indiana. He did not move to Illinois until he was 21, in 1830.


  17. - GOP Extremist - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:17 pm:

    No Ma’am, I wouldn’t walk three miles to return 6 cents, but I did use a log splitter once.


  18. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:18 pm:

    “No, no… I was comparing you to Lincoln Chaffee.”
    “Who?”
    “Exactly.”

    – MrJM


  19. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:23 pm:

    BEARD! It’s not American sounding. BEARD! Lenin had a BEARD! Gabby Hayes had ‘whiskers’…


  20. - IllinoisBoi - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:25 pm:

    “With malice toward all, with charity for none…”


  21. - chi - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:29 pm:

    “You see, my place in Illinois history is solidified by being heir to Abe Lincoln, and more importantly, proof that people voted against Quinn, as opposed to voting for Rauner.”


  22. - Vole - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:44 pm:

    Can the long of the short endure?


  23. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:46 pm:

    chi, he only partially succeeds at that too. I mean Lisa and Jesse won as well. I guess they always outperformed Quinn though.


  24. - Me too - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:47 pm:

    3:46 was me


  25. - cal city crew - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 3:50 pm:

    I wonder if Oswego Willy’s obvious disdain for Mike might and his recommended captions might fall under “gratuitous insults and rumors”

    That said, as Mike’s from Gifford which feels like it’s on the cusp of the Bible Belt… “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.”


  26. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:03 pm:

    Oh, - cal city crew -…

    “My head can fit into a hat, it my ego that can’t”

    “It’s important to me, that this speech is about me, but enough about me, what do you think about me?”

    “Sure people compare me to Lincoln, but it’s unfair to Lincoln, so I don’t”

    “There’s no Lincoln County, but before I’m done, there will be a Frerichs County. Understand?”

    “Can you all be seated, y’all are blocking the TV cameras here to film me”


  27. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:05 pm:

    “If you went to Yale, you’d get that joke… “


  28. - BucktownDem - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:07 pm:

    Hey look everyone, Oswego Willy still can’t help himself when it comes to Frerichs! Dude, drop the caption stuff. Not. Ever. Funny.


  29. - Rhino Slider - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:08 pm:

    I always thought his doppelganger was Stephen Merchant.
    http://my.xfinity.com/blogs/tv/files/2010/02/gervais-merchant-karl.jpg


  30. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:08 pm:

    “If you look at Lincoln, before he was President, saved the nation, became a martyr, inspired generations, and compare his resume before ALL that… and my resume… I win hands down, hands down!”


  31. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:09 pm:

    I wonder if Oswego Willy’s obvious disdain for Mike might and his recommended captions might fall under “gratuitous insults and rumors”

    The Treasurer can take it — Mike’s a big boy.

    – MrJM


  32. - Blago's Luxurious Grey Mane - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:12 pm:

    Uh oh, Willy. You struck a nerve with the Frerichs payrollers.


  33. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:12 pm:

    “I walked ten blocks to get to class at Yale.”


  34. - Bogey Golfer - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:14 pm:

    Did Lincoln use a styling mousse?


  35. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:15 pm:

    - BucktownDem -

    I won’t caption any pictures on your blog. Fair?

    “I look at his picture and ask ‘Why us, Abe, why us, old friend?’… ”

    Thanks - @MisterJayEm -…


  36. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:18 pm:

    - BLGM -, everyone’s a critic, no matter where they’re from…

    “I’m know who I am, you want to know who I am too, believe me… “


  37. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:19 pm:

    “You mean ‘Shorty’? That’s what I call Abe when we talk about my future… “


  38. - Austin Blvd - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:20 pm:

    Yo Mike. Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike.


  39. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:22 pm:

    “…But I’m here,… so let’s focus on Frerichs questions not Lincoln questions… “


  40. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:32 pm:

    OW, for once I entirely agree with your personality assessment.


  41. - Denizen - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:33 pm:

    WWALD ??


  42. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:34 pm:

    He kind of reminds me of that other anointed one——Alexi
    G…………


  43. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:37 pm:

    “Being Treasurer is great, I’ll miss it when I move on… “


  44. - LBJ - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:40 pm:

    Sure! I’d love to go to a play!


  45. - Mama - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:42 pm:

    Lincoln and Frerichs are bearded brothers in high places.


  46. - Railrat - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:50 pm:

    And Lincoln didn’t speak Chinese or have suits made in China ! So there


  47. - Downstate Dem - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 4:52 pm:

    I’m afraid Frerichs is starting to believe his own press releases … ugh


  48. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 5:54 pm:

    “So, other than that, I liked the play….”


  49. - Rabid - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 6:11 pm:

    High minded thinker


  50. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 6:12 pm:

    inner peace.


  51. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 6:15 pm:

    http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/inside.asp?ID=734&subjectID=1


  52. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 7:22 pm:

    Blue Dog, and for once you and I are in agreement!


  53. - We're doomed - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 8:28 pm:

    Shucks! I am impressed a little guy like Peyton Manning had such a long carreer. Especially when you consider he has such a tiny throwin’ hand.


  54. - Filmmaker Professor - Tuesday, Feb 9, 16 @ 10:55 pm:

    Frerichs is a do-nothing, know-nothing. And I’m a Democrat from Champaign!


  55. - Rabid - Wednesday, Feb 10, 16 @ 6:21 am:

    Goldberg looks up to me


  56. - Rabid - Wednesday, Feb 10, 16 @ 6:47 am:

    Wingman’s purse


  57. - Rabid - Wednesday, Feb 10, 16 @ 7:12 am:

    Change is hard,dollars crumple


  58. - Rabid - Wednesday, Feb 10, 16 @ 7:24 am:

    Honest Mike


  59. - Rabid - Wednesday, Feb 10, 16 @ 7:44 am:

    Confusing republicans


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