ThumbC-SPAN video recording of Harold Holzer who spoke about how President Barack Obama used President Abraham Lincoln as an inspiration in his 2008 campaign and he talked about parallels between the histories of the two presidents.

Holzer also discussed the work of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He focused on Abraham Lincoln’s experiences growing up in Indiana and talked about the first major speech after his election, which was delivered in Indianapolis.

This was a featured program on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 10:45 a.m. ET at the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Making History a 21st Century Enterprise, held Wednesday, August 26, 2009 – Saturday August 29, 2009, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Watch full recording.