The president honored his favorite predecessor last night at the reopening of Ford's Theater, the site of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. "Harrowing," Obama called the occasion, if you're looking for the word.
Timed to coordinate with the great emancipator's 200th birthday today, the 18-month, $25-million renovation features a revamped stage, new seats, and a spacious, updated lobby. Who said taxpayers weren't bailing out the arts? Anyway! A video presentation of the Gettysburg Address was read by the four former living presidents, and the president and first lady were presented with their very own, very large copy.
While Obama traveled to Springfield, IL, today to formerly commemorate the 16th president's bicentennial, he honored him last night with these words:
Despite all that divided us — North and South, black and white — he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, one nation, and one people. And because of Abraham Lincoln, and all who’ve carried on his work in the generations since, that is what we remain today.