President Obama Visits Ford's Theatre

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.

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  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    Well, there's never been anything false about hope!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    Delta, thanks for the truth as you learned it like I did, the facts as they were written. No days, history is rewritten for our children to not include the "fact" the civil war started due to unfair trade santions on the south. Slavery did indeed come later to justify the drive of the north. Bloggie, we all want positive change and hope but if you understand economics and what has been going on in government over the past two years, hope is gone and change is gone. There are those that blame Bush for what both houses have done and vote the houses back into office. Bush was a "figurehead" yet the US voter is not smart enough to understand that about government. Franks and Dodd are responsible for the bank problems, Pelosi and Reid are responsible for the stock problem since they made it very clear they were going after capitol gains. So, the change, in this case is what we are left in out 401Ks and the hope, is, hope I can keep my job...
  • by natakie Location: uk on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    like he has not got anything better to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    "Concerned", I think you're confused. Bush didn't have money to do what NEEDED to be done because he WANTED to "bring democracy to the Iraqi people." Democracy isn't free or cheap, but should not the Iraqis paid for their own transformation of government? Now, the United Superiors of the Age (U.S.A.) bought and fought for Iraqis' freedom, but the nation is currently suffering from a faltering economy. We need change, and it needs to be positive. Instead of predicting a whole bunch of negative change, you should be speaking positive change into existence. My God is said to speak of those things that are not as though they were. That's what I do as well. However, I don't like negativity. I like positivity; so that influences how I communicate. Get on my level!
  • by Concerned Location: Eastern NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    Hey Wanda, I agree their is going 2 be a change but not positive so don't get 2 excited. Another ddm (dumb democratic move) has put a man in this position that requires as one of his job requirements that u have not paid your taxes. No wonder President Bush did not have money 2 do what needed 2 be done!!!!! The change with this 1 is we will have no money in the treasury or anywhere else when he finishes. We might as well go on down 2 Nags Head and shove off and let the pirates have it as the Washington Crooks r only going 2 fatten their pockets. But, I thank my Savior above as I know each and everyone has to have that meeting with him no matter what religion u claim or if u claim none at all. The Glory will be all his and that is when u probably need 2 get excited, especially if u have been chosen 2 get on the right bus!!!!!
  • by mom2one Location: nc on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    I'd rather have him trying to be Lincoln...than the Messiah that SO many people treat him as, when really he is a snob and a tool. Wanda are you kidding me that you really think this man is going to bring us positive change? The man clueless who thinks that he can promise everyone and their mother change when he is just as dirty as the rest of them. I hope your excitement doesnt bottem out too hard when he fails, and becomes this country's next Jimmy Carter or worse.
  • by J Location: GVILLE on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    He is being pretty brave and yeah, I can understand why he didnt announce it. Someone might try a repeat. CACTUS, yeah, apparently he and many others think he is something that he is NOT.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 12, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    Goooooo Obamas'>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> To all the haters... "who moved my cheese". Just prepare for a positive change. Wait and see! Boy, am I excited.
  • by jes Location: nc on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    I find it funny that he did not announce before hand that he was going to the Ford's Theatre... He wants to be everything that Lincoln was without the consequences!!!
  • by Thomas Location: History Student, ECU on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    Hi Delta at 10:37PM -- Pres. Lincoln was a war criminal? I guess John Wilkes Booth is your American hero? Thank you for your American Histroy lesson? Lord help us
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