John Titor: “The Next Lincoln”

By on November 21, 2014 // Time Travel // 4 Comments

Image: Cliff via CC by 2.0
Image: Cliff via CC by 2.0

I haven’t thought about John Titor for a while, but I saw something on TV earlier that piqued my interest.

The thing is, back in 2012, I posted A Look At John Titor’s Most Popular Predictions. In it, I looked over a handful of his most compelling statements, major things Titor said could happen in our future — if not for his so-called timeline divergence. Now obviously things didn’t turn out the way he said they would or could. There was no civil war, the Olympics weren’t canceled, etcetera.

But in that post, I also quoted John Titor as saying:

“The President or ‘leader’ in 2005 I believe tried desperately to be the next Lincoln and hold the country together but many of their policies drove a larger wedge into the Bill of Rights. The President in 2009 was interested only in keeping his/her power base.”

To which I added:

“Our President in 2005 was George W. Bush, but I can’t help but think of President Obama when Titor alludes to someone trying to be a unifying Lincoln figure.”

The dates are off, obviously, but in light of John Titor’s comments, I’ve always found it interesting how often President Obama has been compared to Abraham Lincoln (rightly or wrongly, I don’t know; I’m not about to delve into politics here).

In fact, President Obama even used the Bible formerly owned by President Lincoln during both of his inaugurations (2009 and 2013). Let’s also not forget the piece he wrote in — curiously enough — 2005 titled “What I See in Lincoln’s Eyes.”

And now, President Obama has once again been compared to Lincoln, and his proposed immigration reform likened to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Could he be the President that John Titor was referring to?

Image: Sean Naber via CC by 2.0

He’s also been to Mars. Image: Sean Naber via CC by 2.0

What, then, would be in store for us if Titor was right, and our timeline is at least somewhat like his? A devastating world war in 2015? A return to communal living? Time travel in 2034?

Your dates may vary.

I don’t really believe any of this. It’s just an observation, and I certainly have no interest in a new world war or living in a post-apocalyptic nuclear hellscape. But if you consider John Titor’s timeline divergence, as well as the fact that he was an unreliable narrator of his own story, it makes you wonder.

At any rate, as you prepare for the coming apocalypse, don’t forget to stock up on canned peas.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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  • Kid

    These few days I was thinking: If what he said what true, then what can we do to stop it? We wouldn’t want a world war right?

  • luke

    It feels like russia wants another war.

    • Rob

      You know, I went back and re-read my predictions post. Like I said, I wrote it two years ago, and in the world war section I mainly talked about the Middle East. But these days, you’re right: Russia seems to be the one to watch. Which is interesting, given how big a role they played in Titor’s story.

  • Summerwarmth

    Obama is nothing like Lincoln. He is almost the anti-Lincoln. However, the original prediction though vague appears accurate: “The President in 2009 was interested only in keeping his/her power base.”