- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2009


President Barack Obama is paying a very personal tribute to Abraham Lincoln on the former president’s 200th birthday.

Obama said in prepared remarks Thursday that he feels “a special gratitude” to the historical giant, who in many ways made his own story possible.

The White House released in advance Obama’s remarks to a Lincoln bicentennial celebration in the stately Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

On Thursday night, Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Abraham Lincoln Association’s annual banquet in Springfield, Ill.

In Washington, Obama’s remarks summoned the attention of the nation at war and in crisis, exhorting people to remember Lincoln’s singular priority of unity.

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