Saturday, December 27, 2008
For some, BO is already the next Abe!
It had to happen. Obama is already being compared to Lincoln.
Let me get this straight.
Obama has not spent a single day in the Oval Office and he is already Lincoln.
If Obama wants to be Lincoln then he'd better get ready for very low approval ratings and incredibly mean attacks.
Also, he'd better get ready for lots of calls for his impeachment!
It's amazing how they attacked Pres. Lincoln back then.
Check out a typical anti-Lincoln cartoon: "Passage Through Baltimore," by Volck.
This is a cartoon mocking Lincoln because there were fears of an assasination attempt while travelling to Washington to assume the Presidency.
It's a shame that BO has not spent some time reading the real story of Abraham Lincoln.
It's even worse that so many journalists have not either!
BO may learn that Lincoln was not a poll reader.
After all, Lincoln spent much of his presidency as a hugely unpopular man. Thankfully, we did not have Gallup or Rasmussen or NY Times polls back then! Lincoln's approval ratings may have been in single digits!
Abe told a whole nation what it did not want to hear about slavery.
Obama told millions what they wanted to hear about Iraq, GITMO and just about everything else!
Lincoln wrote and signed The Emancipation Proclamation. Obama has written two books about himself.
He praised Rev. Wright, his religious mentor, in both books. After all, didn't Rev. Wright marry him and baptized his girls?
Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address, a great speech today. It wasn't so hot back in 1863.
Obama gave a speech about healing the planet!
We love Abe today. We have named lots of schools after Lincoln.
They didn't love him back in 1864.
In fact, it is Bush, yes Bush, who has more in common with Lincoln.
Mackubin Thomas Owens has a good post entitled Lincoln, Obama, and Bush:
"Long before the recent election, Barack Obama often liked to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln.
An adoring press followed suit. Googling "Obama and Lincoln," results in over 14 million hits.
Now many are of these are redundant and many have nothing to do with either Obama or Lincoln.
But it is obvious that the idea of Obama as the reincarnation of Lincoln resonates with a great many folks, especially in the mainstream media.
Consider just this small sample:
Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe, "Obama's Lincoln," Newsweek, November 24, 2008, posted online November 15;
The Associated Press, "Parallels between Obama, Lincoln," November 10, 2008;
Carolyn Kellogg, "Obama is Inspired by Lincoln's Writings," Los Angeles Times Online, November 07, 2008;
Howard Fineman, "Obama and the Echoes of Lincoln," Newsweek, October 6, 2008.
The alleged Lincoln-Obama link has become so pervasive that even those of a liberal bent are beginning to protest."
Again, Bush is a far better comparison to Lincoln, specially to those who have actually read the history of the Civil War:
"As president, Bush confronted Democratic opponents of the Iraq war who echoed the rhetoric of the Copperheads.
The latter described Lincoln as a bloodthirsty tyrant, trampling the rights of Southerners and Northerners alike.
Today's Copperheads described Bush as the world's worst terrorist, comparable to Hitler.
But the actions of the Copperheads of today went far beyond unpleasant words.
Antiwar Democrats' expressions about "supporting the troops" rang hollow in light of Democratic efforts to hamstring the ability of the United States to achieve its objectives in Iraq until the success of the surge took the issue off the table.
The parallels between Lincoln and Bush regarding civil liberties during a period of emergency are even more striking.
In June of 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to Erasmus Corning, who had sent him the resolutions of the Albany Democratic convention censuring the Lincoln administration for what it called unconstitutional acts, such as military arrests of civilians in the North.
This letter remains the best articulation of the problems that a democratic republic faces when confronted by a crisis that threatens the very existence of that republic."
Let's cut the Obama crap.
Obama is not Lincoln, FDR or even Washington.
Obama is Obama.
I'm not sure what that means yet!
We will be in a better position to answer that question in a couple of years!
In the meantime, did I hear that VP elect Biden is worried? He is worried that expectations are too high here, there and everywhere! (High expectations worry Biden)