From kids to Obama, nation marks Lincoln's 200th
Folksy, melancholy Abraham Lincoln would have been dumbfounded by the fuss over his birthday Thursday.
Bells tolled, wreaths were laid, speeches intoned and banjos picked to mark the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in a Kentucky log cabin. At the Lincoln presidential museum in Springfield, hundreds of excited schoolchildren joined in reciting the 16th president's Gettysburg Address — an attempt to break the record for the biggest worldwide crowd reading it aloud together.
"I got up at 4:30 this morning to be here!" said Emma Bradford, a 9-year-old fourth-grader from the Chicago suburb of Barrington."Abraham Lincoln is my idol."
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