When Barack Obama was in Carbondale campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Senator, I snapped this photo -- without the stove-pipe hat -- as he stood out among a bright and talented group of candidates.
Obama is a man of many hats, including podcasting, but he'll be symbolically sporting the Lincoln look on Feb. 10, when he announces his run for his party's nomination to run for the office of President of the United States in the same State Capitol building where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "house divided" speech.
Like Obama, Honest Abe served in the U.S. Congress for only a few years before seeking higher office.
I plan to go to Springfield that day to take-in the event.
Until then (Sat. 2/10), no more posts to this blog, but you can find me at Carbondale Bytelife or one of the Shawnee Net blogs, where the news aggregator rocks.