Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lincoln 200 Years

Lincoln 200 Years
A more complex view of Lincoln as time passes

Born 200 years ago on Febuary 12, 1809 in a log cabin on the Kentucky frontier, Abraham Lincoln today sits deified in a marble temple on the National Mall in Washington. Americans are still trying to figure out how he came such a long way, and what kind of man made the trip.

Having saved the Union, freed the slaves and redefined freedom, Lincoln was struck down in his hour of triumph. He is the most compelling figure in U.S. history, the subject of about 16,000 books in English, more than anyone except Jesus and Shakespeare.

Quotes of Abraham Lincoln
"A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. . . A house divided against itself cannot stand. . . Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. . . Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? . . . And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. . . Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. . . Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. . . Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. . . Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. .. Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. . . Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's Wisdom and Fortitude
He waged America's bloodiest war, and he won a painful peace. In between, he issued a proclamation about which, before pen hit paper, he said, "I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper." on Nov. 19, 1863, Lincoln gave a short speech consecrating a Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pa. The battle there was the war's turning point; some 45,000 men had died as the Union turned back the Confederate invasion of the North.

Live Abe Lincoln Webcast- On Feb. 12th, Join Teachers Across The US to Learn About Lincoln's Life *** Biography of Abraham Lincoln *** Selected Speeches and Writings by Abraham Lincoln *** Abraham Lincoln: First Inaugural Address. U.S. Inaugural Addresses ... *** The History Place presents Abraham Lincoln *** Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln Civil War Speech *** Timeline results for President Lincoln speeches *** Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President‎ *** Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln‎ by Doris Kearns Goodwin *** Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln Civil War Speech *** Abe Lincoln: An Extraordinary Leader *** Abraham Lincoln: A Technology Leader of His Time - US News and ... *** A President's Reading List: Books That Shaped Abraham Lincoln *** President Lincoln calls for Unity during The Civil War *** President Lincoln's Funeral Train - President Lincoln Killed ... *** Obama Looks to Lincoln Newsweek Politics *** President Obama praises Abraham Lincoln's legacy at Ford's Theatre *** Obama looks to Lincoln while launching presidency *** Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln: Slavery, Secession and Civil War.

President The Great Persuader: Like FDR and Reagan, Obama can move a crowd. But can he do what they did and move the country forward? *** Obama’s Battle on Stimulus Shows Threats to His Agenda *** Gibbs: Spin City? *** Highlights of Obama's stimulus plan *** Who might benefit from the bailout *** The President's Empty 'Pragmatism' - Michael Gerson, Washington Post *** How Will Obama's Liberalism Shape America? - Charles Kesler, CS Monitor *** Bold Vision for Stimulus, Education Reform - Bill & Melinda Gates, Roll Call *** Obama's Townhall in Fort Myers, Florida - Transcript *** What Next for Obama? *** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will give the Republican response to President Obama's first address to Congress on February 24 *** GOP Twitter Disaster *** Stimulate First, Ask Questions Later With the stimulus bill, Obama chose urgency over transparency.

"All of us here are not without blame on the condition of the economy." -- Congressman Meeks

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"You come to us today on your bicycles after buying Girl Scout cookies and helping out Mother Teresa and telling us, 'We're sorry, we didn't mean it, we won't do it again, trust us.' Well, I have some people in my constituency that actually robbed some of your banks, and they say the same thing." - Rep. Michael Capuano

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Where's The Outrage? by Dan Rather
Despite the downward economic spiral, there is no clear plan to pull us out. Dan Rather on why he’s finally getting angry about it.

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Road to City Hall Without Carrión, Latinos Look in Vain for New Leadership: Frustration about power vacuum underscored by Gillibrand pick, lack of citywide candidates *** John Liu doesn’t get it, again - MTA *** In Race to Succeed Him, Monserrate and Accusations Against Him Loom Large *** Facing Fundraising Laws They Passed Themselves, Members Voice Complaints Pre-term limit extension restrictions come home to roost in poorer districts *** Thompson’s Kevin Sheekey, Castell Takes the Reins: Promoting comptroller’s record and attacking Bloomberg’s, in English and Spanish *** Friending and Posting, City Candidates Hope to Raise Profiles: With mix of optimism and caution, ‘09 hopefuls discover Facebook *** Bare-Knuckled Ballot Challenges Jumble Queens, Staten Island Races: New calculus emerges for Feb. 24 and September in open seat elections *** Here’s more on Bloomberg’s visit last week with Republicans in Queens Village.

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International Special Envoy Heads to Afghanistan *** Mr. Obama and Russia *** ISRAEL FACES GRIDLOCK AS RIVALS CLAIM POWER; COULD TAKE WEEKS... *** Obama waiting for Israeli election results *** Israel's Baffling Election Explained - Fania Oz-Salzberger, Forbes *** Israel's New Kingmaker - M.J. Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times *** Mrs. Clinton Goes to China - Gordon Chang, Forbes.

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