Springfield is steeped in history, thanks in large part to Abraham Lincoln. We townies don't really bat an eye at what's around us. I mean, don't all of you have presidential tombs and libraries in your towns too?
There was a cold day in 2007 that Barack Obama came to Springfield to try to make a connection with our Lincoln legacy. If you weren't aware, he announced his candidacy here in our town - you can see his speech here http://tinyurl.com/5hx2jb At the time, he was just another person throwing his hat in the ring. He had some heat but this was back when Hillary Clinton was considered the likely Democratic candidate.
This evening, we're hearing that he's returning to Springfield to announce his pick for Vice-President. Springfield usually needs to be hit by a tornado or have a former Governor sentenced to prison to make the national news so we're happy to have some positive press and to be associated with, what may prove to be, historically significant moments. If you have never been to Springfield and want to catch a glimpse, tune into your favorite new network this Saturday at 1 pm.