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President Obama returns to Springfield Feb. 12 to mark Lincoln's 200th birth

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February 2, 2009

DURBIN: PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ATTEND LINCOLN BANQUET IN SPRINGFIELD

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that President Barack Obama has accepted his invitation to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth in Springfield, Illinois. Obama will attend the Abraham Lincoln Association's annual Lincoln birthday banquet, which is scheduled for February 12, 2009. Durbin began working with the Obama transition team on this invitation just days after the election last November.

"Abraham Lincoln's legacy is deeply rooted in his home state of Illinois," said Durbin. "Last week, our state proudly looked to Washington once again as another son of Illinois took the presidential oath of office. As our country's economic challenges grow, President Barack Obama will be called on to show leadership and courage similar to that shown by Lincoln during one of the most difficult periods in our history. I am honored to have the opportunity to welcome our new President back to Springfield for this important celebration of Lincoln's life."
The Abraham Lincoln Association was organized in 1908 as the Lincoln Centennial Association. It led the national celebration of Lincoln's one-hundredth birthday and continued to mark that day until 1925. Since its founding, the association has sponsored a distinguished program of research and publication. Each year on Lincoln's birthday on February 12, the association hosts a banquet and symposium that features renowned Lincoln scholars.
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President Obama shows again that he feels the love and value of roots, belongings, and different homes. Illinois, Hawaii, all of America and much of the world are proud to claim him as family.

hi barrack obama i am going to do a reseach on you for school i am so happy you are presdant. my
sent you a note when i come in read mine in tell
me about it cause i really want to meet your flamiy andget to know you better not because you
are the frist black presdant

perhaps someone should do some research on lincoln for obama. perhaps he'd have been president of an african nation had the 'great emancipator' had his say.

OFF YOUR MEDS AGAIN JEFFERY, JUST TALKING AND
SAYING NOTHING!
THE MAN RESPECTS LINCOLN, NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
IS RESPECT THE MAN!

Jeffrey,

Go reread one of DiLorenzo's insane rants and leave the real world alone.

im going o b in springfield that day itd b cool to finally meet the presient of our USA, hes a really cool dude ndhes going to make a good pres

LINCOLN: WE WILL NOT SEE HIS LIKE AGAIN
America's greatest President was a man of the people, self-educated, eloquent and, most importantly, a GREAT leader.

http://greensrealworld.blogspot.com/2009/02/lincolns-200th-birthday.html

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