Washington, DC - Reportedly, Obama got the idea while on his historical train ride, taking the very same route that then President-elect Lincoln took to on his way to Washington, DC for his inauguration over a century ago.
"I could see him [Obama] sketching something on his cocktail napkin," said Richard Smith, the train porter who severed drinks to Obama and Biden in their private cabin on their way to Washington, DC. "So I asked him what it was he was drawing. When he showed me I thought he was joking so I laughed. But when Biden slowly turned his head to take a good look at me, giving me the once over with his eyes, I stopped laughing, cleared my throat and excused myself."
Smith later described the Obama drawing as resembling that of the Lincoln Memorial, only with Obama seated right next to him.
"But that's not what I thought was so funny," said Smith. "It's that in his sketch, he drew himself two thirds larger than that of President Lincoln. He even drew a five o'clock shadow on himself so he'd look like Lincoln, too. And he had caption bobbles hanging over his head that read: 'Whom shall I emancipate first? Homosexuals? By legalizing their same-sex marriages? Nah. Womyn? By finally passing the Equal Rights Amendment? Nah. I got it, more money from the Treasury to give away to the banks. But this time with strings attached."