Andrew Sprung thinks about Obama's reference to the Apostle Paul in his Inaugural Address:
Obama, like Lincoln, and the Transcendentalists before him, and countless Americans afterward, asserts a similar movement in American history. The Declaration and the Constitution express political principles as perfect in their way (so Obama's invocations of them imply) as Paul's love. Indeed, Obama has asserted that they are in effect political translations of that love.
Andrew does not convince me entirely - he's reading too much into too little. But the eschewal of "childish things" as a mark of a man: this is a message we all need to hear.
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