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Monday, February 17, 2014

Presidents' Day: One President's Misquotation of Another

John Dickerson writes at Slate:
Ahead of what appears to be another tough year, Obama wants Democrats to appreciate the moral benefit of their struggle, not just the political one. He is building on the pitch he made four years ago on the eve of the ACA vote, in what is still the most emotional pitch the president has ever made for the legislation. He quoted Lincoln: “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.” Four years later he is promising that they will indeed win. It just may not be in their political lifetime.
As I noted at the time, however, the Lincoln quotation was spurious: the Great Emancipator never said anything of the kind.