White House honors Lincoln





One floor below what was once Abraham Lincoln's office, President and Mrs. Bush last night hosted a White House celebration of the 16th president's legacy.

Two days before Lincoln's 199th birthday and the Kentucky kickoff of the bicentennial of his birth, Bush paid tribute to a man who "remains a presence here in the house."

"Of all the successors to George Washington, none had a greater impact on the presidency or on the country," Bush said.

About 200 guests listened as actor Craig Wallace recited the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed on Jan. 1, 1863, in the room above the East Room, where last night's celebration took place.



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