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Obama says Lincoln, TV don’t mix

He’s not president yet, but Barack Obama has already given some thought to White House decor.

Asked at a town hall-style meeting in Fargo, N.D., about any decorating plans for the Lincoln Bedroom, Obama described a visit to the White House after he became a U.S. senator.

“You have all these mementos of Abraham Lincoln, but you have this flat-screen TV in there,” Obama told the crowd at the outdoor event.

“I thought to myself, ‘Now, who stays in the Lincoln Bedroom and watches [ESPN’s] ‘Sports Center’? You’ve got your clicker. . . . That didn’t seem to me to be appropriate. So I might take out the TV, I don’t know.

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“You should read when you’re in the Lincoln Bedroom! Reread the Gettysburg Address. Don’t watch TV.”

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-- Peter Nicholas


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