There were several mistakes in the President's speech.
- President Lincoln joined the Republican party about 2 years after it was founded, and was not its founder.
- Nor was President Lincoln the first to set up colleges with government money (Miami University was first laid by an Act of Congress signed by President George Washington)
I am not blaming the President for these gaffs. I doubt he actually wrote the speech, or had time to research it.
Do these mistakes matter? Should Obama's speech writers offer a public apology to the President, to the public?