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December 30, 2008

Obama Plans Welcome Event at Lincoln Memorial

Filed under: Daily Observations,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 1:28 pm
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image_80963911I had wanted President Elect Barack Obama to take the oath of office on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he is not, but he is holding an Inaugural event there on January 18th.

The Lincoln Memorial is heavy with symbolism for Obama, who will arrive on its steps on January 18 following a train ride that traces Lincoln’s inaugural path from Philadelphia to Washington.

The memorial is also where Martin Luther King Jr. Gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, and the event comes a day before the nation celebrates the King Holiday on January 19th. The inauguration is on January 20th.

“It is one of the great, patriotic symbols of our country<” Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass said Friday. “It’s a symbol of the American spirit it’s a symbol of our values. So for all those reasons it’s an appropriate place to celebrate an inauguration that is really built around celebrating our common values as people.”

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also used the Lincoln Memorial for inaugural events, but the building may have more resonance for Obama. When construction was completed in 1922, the crowd gathered at its dedication was largely segregated.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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