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On this, the eve of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, it is my pleasure to address the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. This noble organization formed at the time of Lincoln's death. You have commemorated this fabled President through the decades sense.
A year ago, I published A Call to Greatness: Challenging the Next President and gave all Presidential candidates advanced copies, for these were the men and women being challenged. The opening chapter describes a gathering storm of increasing magnitude hanging over the newly elected president. At no time in my decades in Washington had our nation so lost its strategic, budgetary, and fiscal freedom of action, unity at home, and leverage and influence abroad. This would be the "call to greatness" for our next President.