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Obama's Lincoln Presumption

lcarlson Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 12:17 PM
If Obama actually studied the life of Lincoln, he sure as hell wouldn't be trying to emulate Lincoln. He has nothing in common with the former President. I think he is attempting to skunk the people, those low information voter types, with blarney. Given the state of the electorate, he'll probably succeed in the short run, but I think the electorate is smarter than that.
He swore his oath of office on Abraham Lincoln's Bible. He has asked to give the State of the Union address on Lincoln's birthday. He rode to Washington in 2009 on a train route similar to Lincoln's in 1861. He has compared his critics to Lincoln's critics. He confides to admirers that he likes to read the handwritten Gettysburg Address that hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom.

Barack Obama is inviting the world to compare him not just to good presidents but to the greatest in American history.

There can be majesty in invoking past presidents and the Founding Fathers. But Obama's quotations and...