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Eerie Simulacrum of Tragic American Hero Flying Delta Shuttle Today

In a century or so, you'll be a Real Doll - WonketteThis is just creepy and wrong and weird -- we got a press release earlier this morning advising us that "PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ARRIVES IN WASHINGTON D.C." today. It's from Madame Tussauds, whose Chinatown by-way-of-Coney Island (but somehow... not awesome?) wax museum is opening soon. And yes, Abe's hideous life mask attached to a 7 ft tall mannequin is on the Delta Shuttle to National right now. He gets in at 11:45. They bought him a ticket and they're posing him on the goddamn seat. Maybe they can bring JFK's doppelganger in on the Acela. The quiet car, natch. Press release, after the jump! Still time to make it to the National to see the whole gross spectacle, guys!


IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S... PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN?

PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ARRIVES IN WASHINGTON D.C.

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Honest Abe's Madame Tussauds wax figure will take to the skies on a Delta Shuttle flight from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

President Abraham Lincoln (or his wax figure at least) will take the late morning Delta Shuttle flight from New York City to Washington D.C. in preparation for the opening of Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. The flight arrives at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2007 to Gate 18 at the Main Terminal at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. Media will be escorted onto the plane in small groups to shoot the figure seated in the Shuttle. Media should arrive between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. to check-in at the ticket counter and pass through security. President Lincoln's figure will be part of Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., which opens on October 5.

The life-sized wax figure is dressed in a black suit and black bow tie and will be seated on the aisle with his right arm resting gently on the armrest. Passengers will get their first glimpse of the flight's special guest as they board the aircraft. After takeoff, the Delta crew will announce the presence of the figure and invite passengers to sit next to and take pictures with Honest Abe. After landing in the nation's capital, President Lincoln's figure will be taken to its new home at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.

The wax figures at this new family-friendly attraction include 13 presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush; famous Washingtonians, including legendary reporter Bob Woodward and music icon Duke Ellington; sports legends, including Babe Ruth and Tiger Woods and today's biggest celebrities from Brad Pitt to Jennifer Lopez. Visitors will also get a hands-on look at the 200-year-old process that Madame Tussauds uses to create a wax figure.

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. will be located within walking distance of the National Mall and the White House with its entrance on the corner of F and 10th Streets. For more information, go to www.madametussaudsdc.com or call 202-942-7300.

The Delta Shuttle operates hourly service between New York's LaGuardia International Airport and Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

WHAT: President Abraham Lincoln's wax figure departs for Washington D.C.

WHERE: Gate 18 at the Main Terminal at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, September 20th at 11:15 a.m.

TO EXPEDITE THE SECURITY & BOARDING PROCESS, PLEASE RSVP IN ADVANCE, OR PLAN ON ARRIVING THE CUSTOMARY HOUR AND A HALF BEFORE THE FLIGHT'S DEPARTURE.

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