Skip to comments.Bush honors Lincoln's memory
Posted on 02/10/2008 5:13:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - Heading toward the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, President Bush on Sunday celebrated the nation's 16th president as a man of steadfast convictions and honorable ideals.
"It's fitting that we honor Abe Lincoln," Bush said in the ornate East Room of the White House. "Of all the successors to George Washington, none had a bigger impact on the presidency and the country."
Bush spoke in early tribute to the 199th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday. Lincoln was born Feb 12, 1809. On Tuesday, first lady Laura Bush will speak at Lincoln's birthplace of Hodgenville, Ky., as part of the opening ceremony of a bicentennial celebration for Lincoln.
Events will be held all year leading toward the 200th anniversary in 2009, and then will continue on through the following year.
Lincoln is revered as the commander in chief who held together the Union during the Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery.
He was assassinated on April 15, 1865, at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. The historic theater annually awards its Lincoln Medal to those who exemplify the legacy and character of Lincoln through their body of work.
This year, Bush presented the medal to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and to Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. The president and the first lady also listened as Lincoln scholars and dramatic performers recounted Lincoln's words and discussed how they resonate today.
President Bush makes remarks in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 199th birthday, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Thank you for posting this information . . . love the photo!
U.S. President George W. Bush makes remarks
in honor of Abraham Lincoln REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
“This year, Bush presented the medal to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor”.
You’re most welcome.
I remember cutting out Lincoln silhouettes as a kid.
Once in a great while, folks come in out of the wilderness and save all our sorry arses in spite of ourselves sometimes.
Abe was such a man.
Some will argue if McCain is that man, MY FRiends, all I can say is , Man, has the pendulum swung..
This year, Bush presented the medal to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . Didn’t Ronald Reagan put O’Connor on the Supreme Court?!
U.S. President George W. Bush greets Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor after presenting her with a medal during a ceremony in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 199th birthday, in the East Room of the White House in Washington February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES)
He sure did. One of the few mistakes he made that he would admit to I bet.
Even I am not that cynical!
Like this is good? FDR had a big impact too. Lincoln's big impact was destroying the government bequeathed to us by Jefferson and Madison.
Thanks! I voted for 5 of those in the pic and was an Ike baby..
Wasn’t trying to be cynical bjs, its a picture I really like, I even have it on my desk in my office. Eight Republican Presidents having fun together. It includes Presidents Bush and Lincoln, this thread reminded me of it, so I thought of it. Meant no cynicism!
Do you have a Democratic "picture"?
Too bad it doesn’t have McKinley. It’d be perfect.
Ive voted for 3 of them two times each, lost twice. Bob Dole isnt a member of this poker club, I think he is at the dart board throwing darts at Ross Perot’s picture.
Thats the only one, I try not to download any pictures of democrats, Im scared of getting a computer virus.
What pretty Democrats
Eating at the Govt trough....
Yes, I remember Lincoln well.
left photo- Museum Director Iris LaRue sits in front of a life-size painting of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville, Ky., Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. A giant birthday party on Feb. 12, 2008, will kick off a two-year celebration commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's 1809 birth. -- right photo - A replica of Abraham Lincoln's birthplace is shown at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Ky., Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. (AP Photos/Ed Reinke)
THANK YOU for posting the additional photos — fascinating!