Obama named Abraham Lincoln as a source of inspiration throughout the campaign, and as his cabinet took shape after November 4th, the “Team of Rivals” meme became hard to escape. The senators-from-Illinois connection continues: The president-elect has been reading Lincoln to prepare for his inaugural address, and he’ll be taking the oath of office with his hand on Lincoln’s inaugural Bible — after a train ride from Philly to DC emulating a Lincoln journey and before an inaugural luncheon inspired by Lincoln. All of which probably explains the Obamas’ visit, during their first days in DC, to the Lincoln Memorial.
Scottbphilp (just featured here) has been travelling coast to coast the last couple of months. He apparently happened to be at the Memorial — and in possession of a zoom lens — at the same time as the Obamas.
[scottbphilp / Flickr]
The text partially visible is Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — visible in full here. It includes the phrase “a new birth of freedom,” which, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Honest Abe’s birth, will be the official theme of the inauguration.tags 2009 abrahamlincoln barackobama DC families history inauguration michelleobama postelection