"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present," that young "inexperienced" politician, another tall thin native of Illinois (who became our greatest president) once said. "As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we can save our country."
As Abraham Lincoln experienced in his time, this nation is again at a crossroads. We again need a president who is above all authentic, who points us confidently toward that future, a leader with real character, like Obama, who calls upon each and every one of us to heed what his predecessor from Illinois called "the better angels of our nature" and not our basest fears. I am confident that Obama will be that kind of president. It is time for real change.
Ken Burns (endorsing Barack Obama) Concord Monitor January 1, 2008.