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    being what will cause the current President to adopt a change in trajectory?  Candidate Obama's speech on race was a Moment in time, but has not had the lasting effect on him personally as Lincoln's Coopers Union speech.

    What is hopeful, is Lincoln made many a terrible decision, his Cabinet choices, Generals to the point that he feared his chance at reelection.  Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in September of 1862, but took the advice to keep it under wraps until he had another success in battle.  The story of his signature is another showing his thoughtfulness.  His hand was swollen from the grip of meeting so many guests and he took care not to sign until he had worked out the kinks lest any should think his signature reflected hesitation in the future.  President Obama too, has had some of the same pitfalls.  His reemergence will come if he has a something larger than himself that he is willing to even fight his fellow Americans to preserve a principle.  The Hour is almost at Hand...

    Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up...East Wing Rules

    by Pithy Cherub on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 06:37:19 PM PDT

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