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Feb 14, 2009

Obama Praises Lincoln

Obama's Lincoln
02/14/09 - PowerlineBlog by Scott Johnson

[edited] Obama gave remarks on Lincoln's bicentennial in the Capitol rotunda. Obama struck a humble note at the opening, confessing that he "cannot claim to know as much about his life and works as many of those who are also speaking today." This humility quickly transformed into a personal tribute expressing a "special gratitude to this singular figure who in so many ways made my own story possible."

The medieval scholastics characterized themselves as dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants; they could see more and farther, not through any virtue of their own, but rather "because they were carried high and raised up." Obama omits any such self-assessment in his tribute to Lincoln. One wonders, does Obama think Lincoln is great because he made Obama possible?

A joke about some men on first dates.

Bruce had talked for ten minutes about his life, hobbies, and plans to move up at work.
Then, he paused and said: "Well, enough about me."
Sheila's eyes lit up in the hope that they could start a nice conversation.
He continued, "So, what you think about my plans?"

Seduction and Politics
A politician on a first date.

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