and Abraham Lincoln are both known to be open to new ideas and listen to
criticism, and look for opinions from all sides.
and Abraham Lincoln are both prolific speech writers and strong orators
with a sense of morality in their rhetoric.
and Lincoln are both tall and lanky. Both have a calming, confident demeanor
and tone. Both men like to wear black.
AND LINCOLN SIMILARITIES - Destiny
becomes the first African-American US President. Lincoln gave freedom to
slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation.
and Lincoln both were presidents during times of great crisis: Lincoln
with Civil War and Obama with financial crisis and wars.
was born 100 years after Abraham Lincoln became President (1861/1961).
is inaugurated President 200 years after President Abraham Lincoln's birth
and Abraham Lincoln were both lawyers who practiced law in the State of
and Abraham Lincoln were both US Senators representing the State of
CONNECTS WITH LINCOLN - Early Years & 2008 Campaign
is a Lincoln scholar and often quotes from Abraham Lincoln's speeches,
remarks, letters, and documents.
delivered a speech at the Official Opening of the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum and Library in Lincoln, Illinois in 2005.
announced his candidacy for President in Springfield, Illinois, the old
state capitol where Abraham Lincoln lived and served.
CONNECTS WITH LINCOLN - 2009 Inauguration
Inauguration theme is taken from a line in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address:
"A New Birth of Freedom."
and his family take a private night tour of the Lincoln Memorial days
before Obama's 2009 inauguration.
launches the official Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies with a speech
at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.
takes a 137-mile train journey from Philadelphia to Washington
mirroring Lincoln's train journey for his 1861 inauguration.
takes the Presidential Oath of Office on Lincoln's Bible used at
Lincoln's first Presidential Inauguration in 1861.
dines on china replicas of the plates used by Lincoln during his
Obama's 2009 Inaugural Luncheon.
CONNECTS WITH LINCOLN - President Obama 2009
attends the Grand Re-Opening of Ford's Theatre on February 11, 2009 on eve of the Bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
Obama speaks at many functions on February 12, 2009 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln's
Obama opens Abraham Lincoln Hall at the National Defense University in
Fort McNair, Washington on March 12, 2009.
TWO MEN - ONE DESTINY
President Obama & President Lincoln - Similarities and Connections
Watch the Obama/Lincoln
US forefathers made
freedom a right. Lincoln made freedom a law. Obama made freedom a
men are created equal. America and the world matures with the
election of President Barack Obama.
February 27, 1860.
taken the day of
Cooper Union speech.
Lincoln (top). Below -
US Capitol Building.
Lincoln signals a grateful
kneeled slave to rise.
Image date unknown.
November 8, 1863.
Abraham Lincoln was
assassinated in 1865.
years after Lincoln becomes President
Barack Obama is born.
200 years after Lincoln is born Barack Obama becomes President.
Abraham Lincoln championed the abolition of slavery. During the Civil War Lincoln used the war powers
to declare the Emancipation Declaration whereby he declared that "all persons held as
within any State ... shall be
Lincoln was inaugurated as President in 1861. Lincoln was inaugurated on the 4th day of the month.
Barack Obama was born in 1961. Obama was born on the 4th day of the month.
Barack Obama is the 44th President.
In 2008, 147 years after Lincolns 1861 Inauguration, the 47 year old
Obama is elected President.
Barack Obama is born 100 years after Lincoln becomes President
and Obama becomes President 200 years after
Lincoln becomes President on March 4, 1861. Obama was born on
August 4, 1961.
Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. Obama becomes President on
January 20, 2009.
You get the sense this is all divine destiny.
Obama is an avid reader of
Lincoln books and documents and often quotes Lincoln.
Obama carries a Lincoln book as he leaves
a friend's house in Chicago on 11/22/08.
November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg
Address during the Civil War, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863
The Gettysburg Address is considered
by many to be Abraham Lincoln's most famous
speech. Lincoln's Gettysburg address is inscribed in the
The theme of his Obama's Inauguration is "New Birth of
Freedom" from Lincoln's speech.
Although consisting of only 270
words and 10 sentences these words are often quoted:
Four score and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in
Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or
any nation so conceived and so
dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that
war. We have come to dedicate a
portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave
their lives that that nation might
live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate --
we can not hallow -- this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it,
far above our poor power
to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never
they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work
who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated
to the great
task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion
for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that
shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
-- and that
government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
There are several drafts of the
Gettysburg address, and there are varied opinions of the speech as
spoken on November 19, 1863. On the right are archival images of the
first draft (top image), second
draft (middle image) and the final version (bottom image) - as inscribed
on the Lincoln Memorial.
Click on the images for a large view.
Obama and President Lincoln Connections & Events
In the News - 2009
March 12, 2009
President Obama Opens the Abraham Lincoln Hall at National Defense
Fort McNair, Washington,
12, 2009 President Barack Obama is joined by Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates and military leaders at the National Defense University
at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. President Obama unveiled a
portrait of President Abraham Lincoln to dedicate the opening
of Abraham Lincoln Hall at the University on March 12, 2009.
Barack Obama and Lincoln's 200th Anniversary President
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebrations 1809-2009 February 11-12,
2009 Archives of
President Obama at Lincoln Bicentennial events.
President Obama at the Lincoln Birthday Bicentennial Dinner
12, 2009 President Barack Obama attends the 102nd Abraham Lincoln Association
Banquet in Springfield, Illinois on February 12, 2009.
President Obama delivered the keynote address as part of the Lincoln Bicentennial
President Obama at the Lincoln Birthday Bicentennial Congressional
Rotunda, US Capitol, Washington, DC
12, 2009 President Barack Obama speaks in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington,
DC on February 12, 2009 during the
Lincoln Bicentennial Congressional Celebrations honoring the 1809 birth
of President Abraham Lincoln.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
attend Ford's Theatre Grand Re-Opening, Washington, DC
11, 2009 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the
Grand Re-Opening of Ford's Theatre in Washington on
February 11, 2009. President Obama meets a Lincoln actor, receives a
copy of the Gettysburg Address, and speaks just
below the box where President Abraham Lincoln was shot.
Obama Administration Releases 200th Anniversary Lincoln Commemoratives
US Postal Service
and US Mint Release Special Stamps and Coins - Lincoln Postage Stamp Set
and Lincoln Penny Coin Set
as a Rail Splitter - BW Photo: First Known - 1846
in Court. BW Photo: Lawyer - 1858
as a Politician Debating. BW Photo: Politician - 1860
Meets with Generals. BW Photo: President - 1863
11, 2009 The US Postal Service releases a set of four commemorative postage
stamps honoring the 200th Anniversary of Abraham
Lincoln's birth in 1809. The US Mint releases four new Lincoln penny
coins featuring the life of President Abraham Lincoln
in commemoration of Lincoln's 200th Anniversary.
OBAMA SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH LINCOLN LEGACIES PRIOR TO INAUGURATION
Obama's respect for Abraham Lincoln is shown by Obama's request
to take the Presidential Oath of Office on Lincoln's 1861 Inauguration
The burgundy velvet
gilt-edged Lincoln Bible is displayed by, and entrusted to, the US Library of Congress.
On Dec. 23, 2008 it was announced that Obama will take the Oath
of Office as President on Abraham Lincoln's
March 4, 1861 Inaugural Bible - the first time the
Lincoln bible is used for another inauguration (above).
On January 20, 2009 Michelle Obama arrives to the swearing ceremony
holding Lincoln's bible (below).
Obama takes the Oath
of Office as President on Lincoln's 1861 bible (below).
china selected for the Statuary Hall Inauguration Luncheon on January
featured President Abraham Lincoln's original eagle design and color
Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Inaugural Luncheon at
Statuary Hall at the US Capitol.
After prayers, toasts, and introductions, the first course of the Inauguration Luncheon is
served on replicas of Abraham
Lincoln's Presidential china. The china's eagle design and red-purple border motif was
selected by Abraham Lincoln's wife
Mary Todd Lincoln. Barack Obama received a Lenox crystal bowl as an Inauguration gift
at January 20th luncheon.
Obama takes the same train journey as Lincoln took to his 1861
Barack Obama takes the same train journey as President Abraham Lincoln
from Philadelphia to Washington on a 137 mile
whistle stop trip. Obama's train, known as the Obama Express, stopped in
Wilmington, Delaware to pick up Joe Biden, and a
stop in Baltimore where he delivered another speech. Abraham Lincoln
delivered over 100 speeches on his 1861 train journey.
the Official White House YouTube of President Obama's Whistle-Stop Train
Tour on 1/17/09.
Obama and the Lincoln Memorial - Destiny in Stone
The Official Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe and Jill Biden attend an inaugural
ceremony and concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
Biden and Obama delivered short speeches at the Lincoln Memorial. Obama
said Lincoln is "the man who made this possible."
the Official White House YouTube of Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the
the significance of Lincoln's presidency to the course of US history
Obama has often visited the Lincoln Memorial.
Obama promotes dog adoption in
2007 public relations photo
with the Lincoln Memorial
in the background (left).
Barack Obama visits the Lincoln Memorial with his family on January 10,
2009, 10 days before his inauguration (right).
Barack, Michelle, Malia, Sasha Obama leave the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington after a private evening tour. Obama prefers the
Lincoln Memorial image in the evening. Secret Service agents provide heavy security for
the Obama family.
Inscription Behind the Statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial
five-line inscription etched into the Lincoln Memorial wall reads:
IN THIS TEMPLE - AS IN THE HEARTS
OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN - IS ENSHRINED FOREVER
Opening Remarks by Senator Barack Obama at the Opening
of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
me congratulate all of those who have helped to make this
vision a reality.
But we gather here today not to celebrate a building.
We gather to
celebrate a man.
What is it that makes Lincoln such a seminal figure in our story?
it that this man, born in the backwoods of Kentucky, with
little formal education, homely and awkward, a man given to
and wracked with self-doubt, might come to represent
so much of who we are as a people, and so much of
what we aspire to be?