What Symbolism? Lincoln Theme for Barack Obama's Inauguration

The Congressional Inaugural Committee announced the theme for Obama's inauguration.

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It's no surprise that the inauguration of the first black president would have a Lincoln-esque theme. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which takes care of a big chunk of the inaugural planning, announced today that "A New Birth of Freedom" would be the official inaugural theme. It will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln using a phrase taken from his Gettysburg address. The theme is usually based on history and guides some of the readings and the artwork that get used during the festivities, including the big piece of American art that will hang behind the president at the inaugural luncheon. As Whispers previously reported, planning for the big day had already been underway, at least for the events that will be held at the Capitol Building. However, it will now be Barack Obama who has to appoint a separate Presidential Inaugural Committee that will plan all the other official events in Washington.

—Nikki Schwab