Catcher aint gonna like that..........
I wonder what prompted the speech. Maybe it was a political move. Maybe being upstaged by Ben Carson last year at the same function, prompted it. Maybe he just wants to believe it. Or, maybe after 5 years as POTUS, he needs to believe it. I can't speculate on that but Obama does reference Lincoln quite often and I recall after Mandela died, he was quoted as saying, " He no longer belongs to us. Now he belongs to the ages", which is almost word for word what Edward Stanton was quoted at saying, upon hearing the news of Lincolns death.
A great quote from Lincoln:
"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."