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Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who won the election of 1860 against all odds, freed the slaves and saved the Union. And those are just the highlights. Of course no leader is perfect, but even with his many faults Lincoln was arguably our greatest president.
Now, 150 years after his death, the historical ironies and comparisons to our new president are hard to ignore: Both young senators from Illinois with little experience; both tall and lanky; both powerful orators. Most of all, both men prove that with hard work, relentless study and industriousness, humble beginnings are no barrier to success.
We cannot possibly know what the future holds for Barack Obama or for the United States. But the lessons our 44th president takes from our 16th will help to see him through. Lincoln’s determination to preserve our union is still needed today as we face new and extraordinary challenges.
They say the times make the man. But in truth, it is the way that a person responds to events that really defines greatness. That is the lesson of Lincoln.
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