Thursday, November 6, 2008

2009 Inaugural Theme: "A New Birth of Freedom"


Abraham Lincoln takes the Oath of Office for a second time in March 1865. . .

The theme for the inauguration of America's 44th President will be "A New Birth of Freedom," in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Said Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairperson of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: "At a time when our country faces major challenges at home and abroad, it is appropriate to revisit the words of President Lincoln, who strived to bring the nation together by appealing to 'the better angels of our nature'." And, as she reminded, it "is especially fitting to celebrate the words of Lincoln as we prepare to inaugurate the first African-American president of the United States."
More information on the selection of "A New Birth of Freedom" for the upcoming, January 2009 Inauguration can be found here.

2 comments:

Michael Fitzpatrick said...

John,
First let me say that I had the pleasure of having you as a guide on the Chambersburg Seminar with Ted Alexander a couple of years ago. The work you guys do at Antietam is outstanding.
The reason for my comment is that I am getting a little uneasy with all this comparison of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln. Their philosophies, seem to me, to be polar opposites. I fear America is getting a sales job through rhetoric and flowery speech while at the same time having the word of Lincoln repeated to them out of context by the Obama team.
Only the next 4 years will tell, but somehow I feel Americans will be disappointed if they look to Obama as the new Lincoln.

csa said...

I have no idea why Abraham Lincoln is said to have been a good president.He was a Tyrant and nothing more. he suspended civil liberties,increased taxation, and even had people to be falsely imprisoned.