We’ve listened to dozens of high sounding speeches and we’ve heard the media gush while comparing President-elect Obama to the likes of Franlin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
The President-elect himself has not been shy about adopting the comparison to Lincoln — one might think Abraham Lincoln was Mr. Obama’s role model and mentor and teacher and friend.
And, at least here at Peace and Freedom we’ve said to ourselves, let’s please allow for some miracles before we bestow saintood status upon the President-elect. Let’s allow a bit of time for governing….
FDR had accomplishments of the Great Depression and World War II to guide historians. Lincoln battled to keep the Union together during years of Civil War.
So we are somewhat reluctant to compare the President-elect to other great men until and unless he establishes himself as — another great man. As it stands now, he is a and the President-elect.
And that is an historic accomplishment all its own.
By Alexander Burns and John F. Harris
In Barack Obama‘s appearance last month on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the conversation turned to the president-elect’s long-time love of Lincoln.
“There is a wisdom there,” Obama told interviewer Steve Kroft, “and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful.”
Humility? Obama’s frequent invocations of Abraham Lincoln — a man enshrined in myth and marble with his own temple on the National Mall — would not at first blush say much about his own instincts for modesty or self-effacement.
And now there are early rumblings of a backlash to Obama’s ostentatious embrace of all things Lincoln, with his not-so-subtle invitations to compare the 44th president to the 16th, the “Savior of the Union.”
Simply put, some scholars think the comparisons have gone a bit over the top hat.
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