February 11th, 2009
10:06 PM ET

Why Lincoln?

You've studied President Lincoln in school; you hear about him on our show; you see him on the five-dollar bill.  Some of you will even have to memorize the Gettysburg Address in high school (I think I did it for extra credit).

One of the facts that surprised me about the Civil War president was that he neither wanted to go to war, nor did he hate the South afterward; he encouraged Southerners to stop fighting and rejoin the union quickly.

Well, the U.S. is marking the 200th anniversary of the 16th president's birth.  Today, Lincoln remains one of the most popular presidents - if not THE most popular president - in American history.  Why do you think this is, so long after he led the country?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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