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“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln


Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason

Contents


Chronological List of Demarcated

Barack Obama Speeches

ix


Preface and Acknowledgments

xiii


Introduction

xvi


Chapter 1: Poetry

1

The Declaration of Independence—July 4, 1776

1

The Gettysburg Address—November 19, 1863

5

At “An Evening of Poetry” at the White House—

May 11, 2011 (Video)

6


Chapter 2: Comfort

9

At a Memorial Service for the Victims of the Shooting

in Tucson, Arizona—January 12, 2011 (Video)

9

On the Shooting of American Service Members

in Germany—March 2, 2011

17

On the Situation in Japan—March 17, 2011

18

About Storms Throughout the Midwest—May 24, 2011

23

At a Memorial Service in Joplin, Missouri—May 29, 2011

26


Chapter 3: Culture

32

At the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s

Inauguration—January 20, 2011

32

At “In Performance At the White House:

The Motown Sound”—February 24, 2011

37

At a Cinco de Mayo Reception—May 5, 2011

39

At a Reception in Honor of Jewish American

Heritage Month—May 17, 2011

44


Chapter 4: Economy

47

On the National Wireless Initiative in Marquette,

Michigan—February 10, 2011

47

To Chrysler Workers in Toledo, Ohio—June 3, 2011

57

On the Critical Role the Manufacturing Sector Plays

in the American Economy—June 28, 2011

64


Chapter 5: Budget

72

On the Unveiling of the Budget in Baltimore,

Maryland—February 14, 2011

72

On the Budget Talks—April 6, 2011

77

On Fiscal Policy—April 13, 2011

79

At a Press Conference by the President—June 29, 2011

94


Chapter 6: Energy

99

On America’s Energy Security—March 30, 2011

99

In A Town Hall Discussion on Energy in Fairless Hills,

Pennsylvania—April 6, 2011

116


Chapter 7: Education

125

During a Classroom Tour in Miami, Florida—March 4, 2011

125

At the Miami Dade College Commencement—April 29, 2011

126

At the Booker T. Washington High School

Commencement—May 16, 2011

135

At the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement—

May 18, 2011 (Video)

143

At a “Skills for America’s Future Manufacturing”

Event—June 8, 2011

150


Chapter 8: The World

157

On the Situation in Egypt—February 1, 2011

157

On Egypt—February 11, 2011

160

In an Address to the Nation on Libya—March 28, 2011

163

Welcoming the “Wounded Warrior

Project’s Soldier Ride”—May 4, 2011

174

At the “Pride of Midtown” Firehouse, Engine 54,

Ladder 4, Battalion 9—May 5, 2011

178

On the Middle East and North Africa—May 19, 2011

180

At the AIPAC Policy Conference 2011—

May 22, 2011 (Video)

196

At the Official Arrival Ceremony for

Chancellor Merkel—June 7, 2011

205

At a Reception Honoring Greek Independence Day—

March 25, 2011

207

On Osama Bin Laden—

May 2, 2011 (Video)

209


Epilogue—

215


Endnotes—

217


Bibliography—

229



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