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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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.

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.
As they used to say on South Park, "he's sma-a-a-art."

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At January 31, 2007 3:10 PM , redhorse said...

I've been waiting for this to be made official. In addition to what you've said, the further comparison to Lincoln is the experience issue: Lincoln and Obama's time before the presidency, if he were elected, would be nearly identical.

Wonder if he'll get another candidate to recreate the Lincoln-Douglas debates. In Charleston, they could have native son Gov Edgar moderate...oh good times.


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