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Returning to his roots, Obama calls for an end to 'poisonous political climate'

Returning to his roots, Obama calls for an end to 'poisonous political climate'

Returning to the message of hope that propelled him from the Illinois state capital to the White House, President Obama on Wednesday invoked Abraham Lincoln’s warning that a house divided could not stand and called for structural changes to improve the country’s political discourse.

In an address to the same Illinois Legislature where he once served, and in the city where nine years earlier to the day he had launched his presidential bid, Obama accepted responsibility for his failure to “reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics,” even as he fondly recalled the collaborative nature of his work as a state senator.

He warned that the...

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