And then you entered into what I call that "templed space" and on the left, carved in three panels of Indiana limestone was, Lincoln's left was the second inaugural was Gettysburg Address. What some of you just be willing to say in one word, what was your feeling or your experience when you were there. In this remarkable music building with the organ behind us, I'm reminded this morning of my experience as a student at UCLA, singing in the a cappella choir. And Wagner, a larger than life figure said after the concert, "Now, next year we're going do something more difficult. But it dawned on me about a week later, that I didn't really understand Bach and Beethoven, even though I appreciated their music.
What was your feeling, what was your experience when you were there? My attempt to write and speak about Lincoln is, although with great respect for what are called, "Lincolnphiles" is really for people who want to move from awe to understanding.
There is nothing more wonderful than when a 14-year-old, or a 15-year-old, contacts me and says, "I've read your book on Lincoln's greatest speech, and I have an understanding." As President Boren has said, sadly we're often not teaching American history.
May I suggest that Lincoln breaks every rule of modern politics, and modern leadership studies? Lincoln is asking a question that almost no one else is asking.
The modern politician, he or she is going to tell us all that they are going to do for us, promise after promise after promise. Not the politicians, not the professors, not the preachers.
They did not want this war any more than the people did in the North.
In that same inclusive language, he goes towards the end of the paragraph, Now the first time I ever talked about the second inaugural address was at the United States Air Force academy in Colorado Springs.
Do you remember how you walked up those steps, and in that very noisy city, suddenly everything was quiet? Well the word I've heard the most in asking this question is the word, "awe" or what young people often will call, "awesome".
What you saw first was the tall 28-foot-high Daniel Chester French statue of Lincoln? I want to make the point that "awe" is not the same thing as "understanding".
So I've put in your hands, the handout is Lincoln's second inaugural address. We're used to long inaugural addresses, how many here in the audience have been to an inauguration?
It's a very exciting event, especially if it's your candidate.