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The Obamas Grace Ford’s Theater Reopening

Actor Sidney Poitier, left, greets President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive to Ford’s Theater Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) 

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Presidential present and past intersected again Wednesday night when President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama joined stars in honoring one of his inspirations: Abraham Lincoln.

The Ford’s Theatre Society held a star-studded reopening to celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth and award film greats George Lucas and Sidney Poitier with Lincoln Medals. The invitation-only ceremony was held at Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

CBS News anchor Katie Couric and actors Kelsey Grammer, James Earl Jones, Ben Vereen, Jeffrey Wright and Audra McDonald gave a presentation of Birth and Rebirth, a tribute to Lincoln. David Selby (Falcon Crest‘s Richard Channing) portrayed Lincoln. Jessye Norman performed the Battle Hymn of the Republic with McDonald and violinist Joshua Bell. Richard Thomas (The Waltons‘ John Boy) was the evening’s host.

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4 thoughts on “The Obamas Grace Ford’s Theater Reopening

  1. NAGROM says:

    Danielle, I know that you mentioned in one of your earlier post about the racist past of the Democratic party, ie, Robert Byrd, and you also had your own theory of how the Republican party lost it grasp on the black community because of the Civil Rights Act and the Lyndon Johnson Administration. I need you to please do me a favor, I am going to research how the platform of the Democrats shifted from being a Segregationalist party to a champion of equal rights. I need you to please, if you can devote a post to this topic, I really enjoy your style of analysis and think you make great sense and you seem to know a bit already about this particular topic, I just want an extended opinion, your outlook. I know Lincoln is the Great Emancipator, so how did the Republican party end up with Sarah Palin as theirVP nominee?

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