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Obama: 'Wouldn't be here' without National Academy of Sciences

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President Obama joked Monday that he “wouldn’t be here” without the National Academy of Sciences, which was founded under President Lincoln to help win the Civil War.

Speaking at the academy’s 150th anniversary in Washington, Mr. Obama noted that the organization was founded in 1863 in part to help the federal government with technological advances in the military as it fought the Confederate States of America.

“It’s fair to say we might not be here” without the academy’s work, Mr. Obama said. “Certainly I wouldn’t be here.”

The audience erupted in laughter.

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