Back on January 23 I noted the continuity of President Obama's Inaugural Address to earlier speeches, in particular his commencement address at Knox College in 2005 (Knox being where I did my four years plus, though in the previous century.)
Now through the Knox alum newsletter I learn of confirmation from President Obama's speechwriter that indeed this Knox address was a major inspiration for the 2013 Inaugural. Cool. (Here's another link to the local Galesburg paper which links to an earlier article and includes photos and video of the speech.)
|At Knox in 2005 then Senator Obama spoke outside Old Main, a site of a Lincoln-Douglas|
debate, commemorated by that plaque.