It's time to give thanks on Thanksgiving to Abraham Lincoln. Somehow at moments of great crisis America manages to produce great leaders. February 2009 will mark the 200th bicentennial of one of its greatest, the railsplitter from Illinois.
I would like to suggest that Barack Obama, who represents the fulfillment of Lincoln's dream, deliver a speech on February 12, the anniversary of his birthday, about his significance from the Oval Office. Obama has already touched, in his Grant Park speech, on the need to bind the psychic wounds of a country willfully divided over the last eight years by its commander-in-chief. Obama, like Lincoln, represents the reverse. Lincoln's birthday would provide a sublime and patriotic occasion for Obama to expand upon his vision for uniting the country and to record the profound debt that all Americans owe the 16th president of the United States.