February 12th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

White House calls on historian for Lincoln speech input

(CNN) – White House officials say President Obama’s speechwriter has had several conversations with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in crafting today’s speech for the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Springfield, Illinois.

The president's brief, 5-10 minute remarks will touch on the familiar themes of reconciliation, rising to the challenge of the times, and changing history, but will not break any policy ground. The only time he will talk about the economic stimulus package today is at the Caterpillar factory in Peoria, Illinois, before 200 workers.


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  1. Glennis

    Typical White Person is exactly right about the causes of the Civil War. He's not so far amiss on his second list. when he speaks of governement policies, rights and socialism. When the people of this country begin to realize how much the government is taking away from them, the pendulum will begin to swing in the other direction. If we, as individuals still have any power.

    February 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. stop the raids

    kelly WI @ 12:22 pm ET

    Which five, Kelly?

    Rushonia, Savagastan, The Republic of Hannity, the Commonwealth of O'Reilly, and HughHewittia?

    February 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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