Well, as most of you know, today is Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. The government has been celebrating this all day, and I’ve been watching the Bicentenial Celebration that the Congress has been holding in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since I got back from class.
So far, I’ve seen the U.S. Army Chorus sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (one of my FAVORITE songs). After that, I listened to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speak. Each of them shared stories of President Lincoln as well as some quotes from one of our greatest Presidents. Those speeches should be available on C-SPAN’s website sometime later: http://www.c-span.org/series/lincoln-200-years.aspx. Also, there is the website www.lincolnbicentennial.gov, but I’ve been unable to get on there yet today due to high traffic.
And I just wanted to take the time out to honor President Lincoln. While I certainly don’t agree with everything that he did, I do think that he was a great President. He got us through one of the toughest times in the history of this country. He reunited the country after the Civil War. He was monumental in ending slavery. He was the kind of person who never gave up, and this was seen in how he continued his political career after suffering defeats.
He wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed, even when that made him unpopular with some, and that is what made Lincoln a truly great President. You knew where he stood. And he stood strong.
President Lincoln, thank you, for what you did for this country. You truly were a great man.
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