"Senator Barack Obama officially launched his bid for the US Presidency on Saturday in Springfield, Illinois outside the Old State Capitol building where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic “house divided” anti-slavery speech in 1858."
I've read some of what Senator Obama has had to say and like him. A lot. Part of why I like him is because he reminds me of Abraham Lincoln, in my opinion, not only the greatest president this country has ever known, but one of the greatest men the world has ever known. Not only a great man, but a good one. I've never mentioned Lincoln in my lj, but offline, anyone who knows me for any length of time knows of my pride and love of the 16th President of the United States. I've read countless books, can proudly recite The Gettysburg Address at the drop of a hat and I honestly can't remember a time when I wasn't somewhat enamored of him. He's my greatest hero. And when I listen to Obama, read his words, he strikes me with the same sensibility. All the way. This quote from him, while announcing his candidacy is an example of what I meant above: "I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness - a certain audacity - to this announcement," he said. "I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change."
Barring some unforeseen information coming out, he has my support.
ETA: You can see a video of his speech (where he invokes my man Abe in word, spirit, tone and actual remembrance a few times) at his official site BarackObama.com
and the full text of his speech is there as well, but I included it in this entry for less clicking.( Collapse )
I say, if you're going to pattern your speech after any famous American politician in history, Abe is the one to look to ... especially for a Senator from Illinois. He makes a lot of grand promises, but he acknowledges that and as a Lincoln-ite, I gotta say he did a fabulous job in channeling him and if Barack Obama is even half the man that Abraham Lincoln is, he just might achieve all that he sets out to do.