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Happy Birthday Mr. President (Lincoln)

Happy 200th Birthday President Lincoln Wow, what a day for 200th birthdays.

First I find out that Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago. That's impressive.

Now I hear that Abe Lincoln, perhaps the greatest president of all time (sorry Ronald Reagan – that's just how it is), was also born 200 years (that would be 10 scores years) ago today.

Well then, I guess I'll just give a shout out to Abe and wish him a big old 200th. He was quite a man and quite a leader.

Let's see, what did he do in his lifetime???

Well, he kept the United States together by standing up to and defeating the Confederate forces. Can you imagine how different history would have been if the U.S. split into two countries? It's mind-boggling. Certainly Detroit may have never become the manufacturing powerhouse that auto giants like Henry Ford created in the early 1900s. It's a well-known fact that Southern labor was was largely responsible for building Detroit into the Motor City.

Lincoln also began the process with eventually ended slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. That's a little part of American history that's well worth mentioning, I'd say.

He did a lot of stuff and is widely considered to be one of the most competent and fair leaders in American history.

I've certainly been taught that in school, so if he really wasn't all that great of a president, he certainly is remembered as such. He is so beloved in his home state of Illinois that today is a state holiday. It's actually a state holiday in a few other states. Too bad Michigan isn't one of them.

President Lincoln was a lawyer and, from what I've read, one heck of a public and inspirational speaker. The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous and quoted speeches in American history. Who doesn't know "four score and seven years ago today:?

Happy birthday Mr. President. You were one of the great ones. Thanks for keeping my country together in one piece so that I could enjoy skiing in the north and the beaches on the Florida Keys. It would be strange to have to go to another country to get some southern hospitality…

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