Obama Knows History, Obama Knows Symbolism
Wow. Word has leaked out that presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has reserved the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois for the day he is expected to formally announce his candidacy. More from Alexander Mooney on the CNN Political Ticker:
Abraham Lincoln served in the Old State Capitol when he was a state representative. It was the site of his famous "House Divided" speech warning that America could not remain half slave and half free.As they used to say on South Park, "he's sma-a-a-art."
If Obama decides to run, making the announcement there would help reinforce his message that America should set aside partisan differences. It would also invite comparisons to Lincoln, another lanky Illinoisan who served in the state legislature and in Congress.