OBAMA’S LAND OF LINCOLN
With only two years in the Senate, Barack Obama will seek to dilute the germane question of his experience level by running against Washington.
No place better to start than in the heartland of America.
Obama’s official entrance on the presidential stage will be in Springfield, Ill., on Feb. 10, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday weekend.
Obama was a state senator when he started running for the Senate in 2004.
Rather than be associated with Chicago — and have reporters do stand-ups in front of his South Side mansion to talk about his White House run — Obama may want to focus attention to the heartland side of his biography.
The Springfield kickoff will marry the Obama political narrative with Lincoln’s own quick rise. Like Lincoln, Obama served in the Illinois General Assembly before being elected to Congress and the White House. Obama, the son of a Kenyan, will speak in the city once called home by Lincoln, the president who freed the African slaves.
A Lincoln theme also serves to underscore the Obamaian centerpiece theme of bipartisanship or nonpartisanship. Lincoln, the Republican, delivered his famous “house divided” speech at the old State House in Springfield on June 16, 1858.
(from Sweet column in The Hill)