President Barack Obama says the theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated remains a hallowed space and a tribute to the president who kept the United States whole.
Obama visited Ford's Theatre on Wednesday night for a gala
rededication. In prepared remarks, Obama says Lincoln was a
"singular figure" who guided the nation through the Civil War.
Obama told the story of how Lincoln wanted workers to continue
building the U.S. Capitol, even though the supplies might have instead been used to make wartime bullets. He says Lincoln wanted a symbol of the future.
Obama and Lincoln both hail from Illinois. Obama plans to visit that state on Thursday for a celebration marking what would have been Lincoln's 200th birthday.