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ERIC FONER, KATHA POLLITT and HAROLD MEYERSON comment on Obama, history, and our future.
Highlights of Obama’s inaugural address: “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals”; and “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
–Eric teaches American history at Columbia, and has written many books, most recently Our Lincoln. His new essay in The Nation, “Our Lincoln,” explores the ways Americans have examined themselves though the lens of Lincoln.
—Harold is editor-at-large of The American Prospect and an op-ed columnist for the
Playlist: Stevie Wonder, “Higher Ground” — he sang it Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial concert for Obama; Beyonce, “At Last” — she sang it for Barack and Michelle Obama at the Neighborhood Ball last night.