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My Take: Obama delivers Lincoln's Third Inaugural
Obama took the oath on two Bibles: one used by Lincoln in 1861, the other the “traveling Bible” of Dr. King.
January 21st, 2013
04:32 PM ET

My Take: Obama delivers Lincoln's Third Inaugural

Editor's note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Equality. That's what today's inauguration was about. And we have Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to thank for it.

President Obama took his oath of office on two Bibles: one used by Lincoln during his 1861 inauguration, the other the “traveling Bible” of Dr. King. And during his second inaugural address, Obama read U.S. history through the words and actions of these two men.

In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln turned to Jefferson's words in the Declaration of Independence to argue that the United States was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” In his "I Have a Dream" speech, King argued that our national commitment to equality demanded that we emancipate ourselves from segregation as well as slavery.

In his second inaugural address, Obama began with an extended quotation from the Declaration of Independence. At least five times he referred to equality as our common "creed." And he repeatedly challenged his fellow Americans to act on that creed - to turn the United States into King's "beloved community" and Lincoln's vision (borrowed from the Constitution) of "a more perfect union."

The emotional heart of Obama's inaugural address came when the president connected the civil rights struggles of our own time back to Lincoln’s efforts to free the slaves and King’s efforts to end racial segregation. And he included among those struggles the movements for women’s rights, civil rights and gay rights:

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

In other words, the struggles for women's rights (at Seneca Falls), civil rights (at Selma), and gay rights (at Stonewall) are American struggles, efforts to put into practice our "common creed."

Today's inauguration itself also put that creed into practice, featuring a black president, a white vice-president, a gay poet, a Hispanic female justice, a Cuban-American priest, and the first woman to ever deliver an inaugural prayer: civil rights icon Myrlie Evers-Williams.

The monopoly of the English language was also broken twice, once in the poem by Richard Blanco - which included words in Hebrew, Italian, Sanskrit and Spanish - and again in the benediction by Luis Leon, Episcopal rector at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., who asked for God's blessing on the president and vice president in Spanish, then translated it to English. Leon said that, with God's blessing, we can see that all of us - "whether brown, black or white, male or female, first generation immigrant American or Daughter of the American Revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor" - are made in God's image.

The 2012 election has been widely (and rightly) hailed as a diversity election in which the votes of blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans turned the tide. This was the diversity inauguration. But notice how traditional Obama's address was. Yes, it made the case for gay rights, and it channeled Dr. King. But the words of our 44th president were animated throughout by the vision of our 16th. This was Lincoln's Third Inaugural.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Bible • Black issues • Latino issues • Obama • Politics • Race • United States

soundoff (651 Responses)
  1. Tom

    I bet ol Abe is rolling over in his grave.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • Scott

      Nah, he's actually very happy with Obama.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Jim

      Blind allegiance to Obama...sounds like the same folks that supported Stalin, Chavez, Castro, Hitler, and Mao. When did people stop thinking for themselves?

      Both parties are fueling the turmoil and increasing the division and comparing Obama to an icon like Lincoln only tarnishes Lincoln's legacy. Obama should try to create his own legacy...whenever he has time to stop campaigning and finally get to work on the country's problems.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • Scott

      How many times do I have to say this: the article is not comparing Obama to Lincoln. It's showing how Obama's speech espoused ideas that Lincoln also believed in. And Obama has been working on America's problems since he first took office. You may not agree with his policies, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been trying to put them into action.

      January 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Mike in CO

      Jim, I think... and it's just a guess, but I think that what really scares you isn't that people have stopped thinking... but that many more or beginning to. More people are paying attention, many more are participating, and many more are disagreeing with your side's archaic policies. The more people think, and listen, and question reality... the fewer allies you are going to have.

      know it must be very scary to admit to yourself that you're outnumbered by the majority of Americans who are not racist, who support equality, and who are in the driver's seat of this very exceptional nation.

      January 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Jim

      Mike in CO

      You are a fine example of what is wrong today. Opposing viewpoints are labeled racist not because of their content, but because of your blind allegiance based on color, not content. Typically those who first start throwing around the word "racist" are in fact exposing their own inadequacies. Not that you are racist, just that you are a pathetic bottom dweller that feeds off of the controversy you create. You cannot move past race the same way you cannot take the chance on thinking for yourself. Pathologic personalities such as yours rarely believe in the crap they say, they just like to stir the pot.

      Good luck in Caracas! I'll buy the ticket.

      January 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  2. JR

    With charity to all and malace toward none? Pleeeeezzze!

    January 22, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  3. crappygovernment

    America has much bigger problems than perceived racism, like our failing economy, thieving llegal aliens, and unnecessary expensive wars. Shame on you airheads!

    January 22, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Wow

      Did anyone else feel the breeze from this airhead?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Scott

      Ignoring "perceived" for the moment, so what? Even if this is so, do we not still concern ourselves with overcoming it?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • crappygovernment

        I wish you had a greater perspective and could find a greater cause to complain about in this day and age in dying America. Focusing on perceived racism seems so lowest common denominator, like anyone could do it...

        January 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  4. Incalifornia

    Are you KIDDING????

    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  5. Mike in CO

    I take solice in the fact that the bigotry, delusion, and jealousy of the American Right is not permanent. You can choose to hold on blindly to your hatred and continue to lose election after election after election, or you can adapt to the modern era. I don't think those of us on the Left really care... either way... the tide had already turned and the force of demographics will keep it that way. So i can smile and raise my glass to you, Republicans... your day is done.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Dallas

      If you truly believe that, you are going to be in for a rude awakening. I almost feel sorry for you (operative word: almost).

      January 22, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Joann

      Love to watch the crazy liberasl freak the heck out when you talk against their KING.
      Total blinders to whats happening to this country. And for the record I'm not a racist or a bigot.
      I happen to be a minority, just not blind. The minute you disagree with Obama or his policies you are labeled a raciest, by morons.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Mike in CO

      I'm absolutely fine with your reply... the wait and see who wins approach. Seriously, how do you think the Republicans are going to piece together victory in a National Election...? Did you see the electoral map this year? Pretty close, right? Oh and the Republicans have really begun tailoring their message to the millions of voters they ignored and ostracized and attempted to disenfranchise? Oh no, wait, they still hate all those people.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Bob

      "The minute you disagree with Obama or his policies you are labeled a raciest, by morons."

      Where did Mike call you a racist? Bigotry can be applied to the anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-immigration too.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Mike in CO

      @Dallas: I think the Left's rude awakening came during the Bush adminstration when we realized we couldn't let Republican imperialist policies abroad, suspension of civil liberties at home, and wasteful economic policies continue... So thank you, you and voters like you that supported the Bush administration woke us the f*** up. We're awake now, and organized for action, we're younger and smarter and just a little bit faster than you... we've solidly, easily won two national elections in a row, and we have the Lady with the highest approval rating for a government official on our side... and ready to run in 2016. So bring it on.

      What I find more staggering is how you haven't woken up to the fact that this isn't the America that your parents grew up in... and more than half of us believe that it's a better nation for it.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Jim

      Mike,

      You sound like you would be happier in Venezuela. But then again, the differences are shrinking.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • Mike in CO

      No Jim, I prefer Democracy to Dictatorship.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • Jim

      I guess I'm just not seeing the Democracy stuff in action too much these days. The secrecy from Washington and the attempts to delegitimize political opponents seems more like the road to dictatorship than Democracy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not happy with Republicans either. I'm just shocked that the guy that ran on the platform of having the most open administration in history has in fact had one of the most secretive and divisive. If he spent less time demonizing his opponents (some of whom may in fact deserve it) and more time building a consensus and working with both parties we would all be better off.

      January 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  6. Union descendant

    History has shown that Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus and used censorship to prevent Maryland from seceding from the Union. As a result, Maryland had its rights suspended by executive order. Perhaps liberals need to examine the actions of their heros a little closer before they put them on a pedestal as saints.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Mavent

      Lincoln was a Republican, genius.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Mike in CO

      A perfect example of how a President saw the future beyond what the People were able to see... and through questionable tactics, forged the "more perfect union" that he envisioned. That is called leadership. He did "bad" things to end the greatest American evil that has ever existed in Slavery.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Scott

      Lincoln on habeus corpus: “The whole of the laws which were required to be faithfully executed were being resisted, and failing of execution in nearly one-third of the states. ... Are all the laws but one to go unexecuted, and the government itself to go to pieces, lest that one be violated? Even in such a case, would not the official oath be broken if the government should be overthrown, when it was believed that disregarding the single law would tend to preserve it?”

      January 22, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Jim

      Mavent or is it Malevolent,

      He said "liberal" not "Democrat". They are not one and the same!

      January 22, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Union descendant

      So Scott, you're saying if Obama outright bans guns by executive order, that it's not alright for the people to rise up against an oppressive government? That's exactly what Lincoln did.

      January 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  7. Joann

    Nobody has divided this nation MORE than Obama, pitting the rich against the poor, the lazy against the hard working, the drop out against the educated.etc......I don't think there is any similarity between Lincoln and Obama at all.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • midwest rail

      "......I don't think...." You could have stopped there and been right.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Mavent

      Yes, he's divided it. The dumb, racist products of incest on your side, and the rest of us on his.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • LinCA

      @Joann

      It may be time to increase the dosage.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Scott

      The lazy against the hard-working? Are you serious? That was Romney. Can your memory really be that short?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Mike in CO

      Nobody has divided this nation MORE than Rush Limbaugh, pitting the rich against the poor, the lazy against the hard working, the drop out against the educated.etc......I don't think there is any similarity between Lincoln and Rush Limbaugh at all.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Dallas

      You speak the truth!

      January 22, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • katie

      I certainly wouldn't call Obama another Lincoln. But he is not a divider. The divide was already great when he first took the big chair. That divide has a life of its own, and the majority in Congress represents the worst apects of the great divide.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • katie

      spelling typo – should be – aspects

      January 22, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  8. Donny

    Just stop it already.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  9. Scott

    Please allow me to explain the gist of this article. The author is not saying Obama IS Lincoln, nor has just been inaugurated as Lincoln's reincarnation. He is saying the the speech Obama gave yesterday is Lincolnesque, in that it lays out ideas that Lincoln espoused in his own lifetime. Really, that's all there is to it. Want to make an argument against this mostly factual account of what Obama said yesterday? Fine, let's hear it. But enough with the misrepresentations and outright lies about what the article contains.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  10. arkmark

    of all the problems with this country. we will all be equal in our under/unemployment if our government doesnt focus on truely fixing the economy/debt/spending as the #1/2/3 priority

    January 22, 2013 at 11:13 am |
  11. Dom

    I have no issue with equality – but i do have an issue with all these "minorities" ganging up against the white males. We are never going to move "forward" when we focus on the past and constantly point the finger at the white male as being the bad guys. Obama is going to create a backlash if he isn't careful that will hurt everyone.....

    January 22, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • lloyd.crenshaw

      Until you have stood in a black man's shoes stand down because you have no point of reference.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • lol??

      lloyd.crenshaw, until when?? You sir, are a slave maker.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  12. Joann

    Lincoln? Really? Is this man really comparing Obama to Lincoln? Really? Mr. Prothero is out of his mind....and awfully silly in love with Mr. Obama.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • Scott

      No, in fact he is not comparing Obama to Lincoln. He's showing how Lincoln and KIng influenced Obama's inauguration speech. Why must anything else be made of this article?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:02 am |
  13. Rjc

    While Barack and Michelle dance the night away.... the victims of Hurricane Sandy still sit in the cold.

    Why does Barack H Obama hate white people?

    January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • Wow

      The stupidity of American people knows no bounds.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Which American people, Wow? The ones like Rjc?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Mr. Hand

      I don't think Pres. Obama hates white people, and I doubt you honestly believe that either, but I get your point. The difference with Sandy is that it's victims don't have a built in defacto excuse for anything negative that ever happens to them, as Katrina victims did. And it was socailly acceptable for Katrina victims to make that claim, while Sandy victims don't have that luxury. In either case, the govt. failed them. Mostly state govt., but somewhat Federal.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • Rjc

      Mr Hand... thank you. A glimmer of sanity.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • Scott

      Utter nonsense. Blame Congress for not passing Sandy relief sooner, not Obama. Really, when you start to blame every single thing on Obama, instead of looking at the facts, you just look ridiculous and uninformed.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • rjc

      Scott – look ridiculous and uninformed???

      Do you say the same to your bretheren when the standard Democrat answer is to blame Bush?

      I used a phrase that we heard countless times and many believed it as fact. All I did was change two names... Obama for Bush and Sandy for Katrina... and I am ridiculous? How about looking past the partisan garbage... why did the media continue to ride the Katrina news wave for MONTHS on end, yet we hear little if anything about Sandy now? The only thing that we hear is that the EVIL Republicans are holding up funding... but why? They were holding up the funding bill because some Democrats took advantage of the situation and added MILLIONS more spending on totally unrelated spending... yet you heard very little about that.

      Yet, you seem to call my little illustration... ridiculous and uninformed.

      Instead of being the partisan lets try for a little consistency and intellectual honesty for a change.

      January 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • LinCA

      I guess some people took offense to my earlier posting of this. let me try again.

      @Rjc

      You said, "While Barack and Michelle dance the night away.... the victims of Hurricane Sandy still sit in the cold.
      Why does Barack H Obama hate white people?
      "
      Holy Fucking Shit! You are a dimwit, aren't you?

      Have you followed the news? I mean on anything other than Fox? It's been the republicans in the US House that have held up aid to the victims of Sandy.

      If you want to bitch about hate, you need to look no further than at the Old Party (there is nothing "Grand" about it).

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  14. myweightinwords

    I do not always agree with President Obama, but I have respect for him. His job can't be easy. And he can't do it alone.

    For the last four years he has been up against a solid wall of resistance that has forced him to compromise and back down and he hasn't accomplished what he set out to do.

    I have never in my life seen a more childish, repulsive, unworthy of respect group of people than the congress he had to deal with, and yes, I mean all of them. Those of you saying that it is Obama who is dividing our country? Look again. Look at your Senators and Congressmen who refused to act, who refuse to compromise, who refuse to even address the real issues because they are so fixated on their pet causes.

    I am a white American woman, firmly in the middle of Middle Class. I am also a supporter of equal rights for everyone, of the right to birth control and the need to keep abortion legal. I am a proponent of education (real education) and of financial responsibility. I believe in the constituition and the Bill of Rights. I support the right of the people to keep and bear arms, but in the duty of the government to dictate what arms are beyond the reach of the average American citizen. I believe in protecting our borders and our people around the world, but think that we really need to keep our noses out of the rest of the world's business.

    I'm tired of the stonewalling and the petty partisan politics and the disgusting vitriol that passes for dialog.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Akira

      Brava!

      January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • kenny

      We don't need anymore people like you

      January 22, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Wow

      kenny why?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • myweightinwords

      kenny,

      Unfortunately for you, there are a lot of people like me.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • paulm5545

      "...but in the duty of the government to dictate what arms are beyond the reach of the average American citizen."

      Two words that should never go together: dictate & government

      January 22, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • myweightinwords

        The government dictates taxes. It dictates what is legal and what is not legal. It dictates the punishments for breaking the law.

        Dictating things is within the rights of the government.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Since we ARE the government, it's not incorrect to say that we get to decide what weapons are available to those who are not in the military or in law enforcement.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Meant to add: as opposed to allowing the NRA to dictate what arms are appropriate for private citizens.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • Amy

      I offend wonder where our country would be if Congress actually did their jobs. If a company tried to function, the way our congress did this country would be bankrupt. To be honest we as citizens need to step up and start holding our elected officials more accountable. If I did my job the way they do, I would have been fired a long time ago. Why is it when you're elected to Congress it becomes OK to throw the concept of teamwork out the window. I have no respect for either parties, enough rhetoric, do your jobs.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Amy

      Not offend it was supposed to be often.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • mama k

      I agree myweightinwords.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      myweightinwords: Kudos :-) The USA could use a few more like you.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Brenda

      So you choose to completely ignore the fact Obama had overwhelming DEMOCRATIC majorities the first 2 years of his office and did nothing but pass a TAX bill that raised EVERYONE'S COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE??? How did the republicans block that again??

      January 22, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • myweightinwords

        Brenda, did you read what I said? My words are directed at both parties. At everyone involved.

        And, the republicans forced a lot of compromise on the health care issue that changed the bill considerably. I don't agree with every aspect of the bill, and yes, short term it increases costs, but long term it should create change that drives the costs down.

        It isn't enough. Not by a long shot. As someone who has lived without health insurance and who is currently underinsured, despite having a decent, full time job, there are a lot of things in the medical industry that need to be regulated. And the playing field needs to be leveled.

        Access to medical care should not rely on income (or the lack thereof). Here too we have the problem of everyone wanting their own way and no one being willing to compromise.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Tom

      @myweightinwords

      "The government dictates taxes. It dictates what is legal and what is not legal. It dictates the punishments for breaking the law.

      Dictating things is within the rights of the government"

      Does that mean Obama is the Great Dictator?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • myweightinwords

        Does "government" = "Obama"?

        No. It doesn't. Our government includes three branches, checks and balances. It is representative. It is WE the people. Except the elected officials seem to forget that.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • Harriet Buggs

      Wow! Well said!!

      January 22, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • lol??

      "............disgusting vitriol that passes for dialog..........." per myweightinwords. Dialog is BS. While they were talkin' up a storm they were walking all over God given rights.

      January 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Which god? Which rights?

        The government hasn't been effective enough to take anything away from anyone.

        January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Such as what?

      January 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  15. Abebrum Lincone

    What is this dude smoking? Most likely the pony baloney.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • BobbaFett

      With Obama who needs the American Dream?

      January 22, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Scott

      Please give an example of something from the article that is factually incorrect. Seriously, you guys need to relax and get over your Obama-as-Messiah complex.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  16. Lobelia

    If we're not careful, we're going to "equality" ourselves right into socialist economic stagnation.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • William Stalker

      Utter and complete BS

      January 22, 2013 at 11:13 am |
  17. Mike

    Two things: 1) Obama is no Lincoln and to suggest that is laughable; and 2) We have now REELECTED a black man. It is time to accept that the civil rights movement had its desired effect and move on. LET IT GO FOR CHRIST SAKE!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • Primewonk

      In Mississippi 46% of republicans in a recent poll said that interracial marriage should still be illegal.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • paulm5545

      Primework – Please cite your source

      January 22, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • LinCA

      @paulm5545

      Are you unable to use a search engine?

      http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/08/46-percent-of-mississippi-republicans-want-interracial-marriage/

      January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • paulm5545

      LinCA – Well, yes I am able, but I was feeling unusually lazy today. Thank you for the link. Interesting (but sad) article. We got a long, long way to go, yes?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • LinCA

      @paulm5545

      You're welcome.

      You said, "We got a long, long way to go, yes?"
      Unfortunately we do. With baby steps and another 100 years, or so, we'll pull these parts of the country out of the 14th century.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  18. Chris

    Is Mr Prothero on some type of medication? Lincoln's 3rd address? Really?

    Maybe Mr Prothero needs to leave his ivy league bubble and come out to the real world. Obama is a cheap hack politician who leads by being divisive and his strength is playing the class warfare card better than anyone has.

    If he were not a minority he would be identified as the hack he is.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • Scott

      Oh, brother. "Divisive?" "Class warfare?" This nonsense again? You should be a TV Republican "strategist"!

      January 22, 2013 at 10:46 am |
    • Jake

      "If he were not a minority he would be identified as the hack he is."

      Just chiming in to identify you as the bigot you are.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  19. Scott

    All this Messiah nonsense and claims about CNN's Obama worship is utter nonsense. This article is almost a complete factual account of what Obama said in his speech. Yet some must insist that this isn't so, against all reason. Try taking a step back, taking a deep breath, and realizing how ridiculous it makes you look.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  20. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Obama delivers Lincoln's Third Inaugural

    Lincoln is rolling over in his grave to see what we now have for a 'president" !!!

    Perhaps Mr. OBAMA should try reading the Bible; and not just swearing on it for show !!!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • Jake

      Hey Texans, will you stop threatening to secede and just do it already? Geez. The rest of us are sick of you idiots; the nation's deadweight anchor-state. We can't wait to get rid of you. We'll pick up Puerto Rico when you're gone so the flag doesn't get messed up and laugh from afar as we watch your economic and social collapse into a drug-smuggling highway.

      signed,
      –a reb-hating yankee

      January 22, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Scott

      Nah, Lincoln is actually dancing in his grave. He believes that Obama has been a great president up to now, and is sure he will be even better in the next four years.

      See how easy that was? I can make up things about how Lincoln would feel just as easily as you!!

      January 22, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • RAL

      I Agree.......................

      January 22, 2013 at 11:46 am |
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