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Obama’s Gettysburg Address?

Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David Maraniss, an associate editor at the Washington Post and the author of many books, among them Barack Obama: The Story and First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, was impressed with the president’s speech last night. On Twitter, he wrote that there were “so many levels” to the address, in which Obama urged both reflection and political action in response to the Newtown atrocity. 

Maraniss went on to compare Obama’s speech to what is perhaps the most famous address ever delivered on American soil, President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He even channeled Lincoln’s ironic statement that “People will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” 

You may recall that, last year, historian Gary Wills, formerly of National Review — who has long been fond of drawing comparisons between Obama and Lincoln — compared Obama’s speech in the wake of the Tucson massacre to . . . what else? . . . the Gettysburg address. 


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