"Lincoln" set a record Thursday with seven Golden Globe nominations, including those for best picture, best director (Steven Spielberg) and best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). Since the film opened last month, the 16th president and his personal and political struggle to end slavery has been on many people's minds, including mine.
I had an interesting "Lincoln moment" a few days ago in New York City when I was just steps from the High Line, the elevated freight train track turned urban garden in the Meatpacking District. I spied an unassuming plaque on a huge post office building. It marks the spot of the Hudson River Railroad Depot that once stood at 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The rail line's first passenger on Feb. 19, 1861: Abraham Lincoln.
The president-elect had embarked on a 13-day train tour from his home in Springfield, Ill., to meet the people he was now tasked with leading. He would cover more than 1,600 miles before being sworn into office in Washington. Lincoln told New Yorkers in part that evening:
"I said several times upon this journey, and I shall now repeat it to you, that when the time does come I shall then take the ground that I think is right ... the ground I think is right for the North, for the South, for the East, for the West, for the whole country."