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President Obama, recalling last night an apt story about Lincoln, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth, at an event in Springfield Illinois:

It was here nearly 150 years ago that the man whose life we’re celebrating today… bid farewell to this city that he had come to call his own. And as has already been mentioned, on a platform at a train station not far from where we’re gathered, Lincoln turned to the crowd and said:

“To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.”

And on this night, surrounded by all of you, I share his sentiment. But looking around this room at so many who did so much for me, I’m also reminded of what Lincoln once said to a favor-seeker who claimed that it was his efforts who made the difference in the election.

Lincoln asked him “so you think you made me President?”

Yes, the man replied “under Providence I think I did.”

“Well,” said Lincoln, “it’s a pretty mess you got me into. But I forgive you.”

So, for whoever thinks you’re responsible for this, we’re taking names.