Abraham Lincoln. Arguably one of the most famous Presidents America has ever had. Whether directing the country through the Civil War, abolishing slavery or hunting vampires, Honest Abe is a pillar of American politics. The standard bearer of presidential legacies. Today however, Licoln’s memory and legacy have been hijacked by an administration and party whose actions would have the 16th President’s stove pipe hat lying flat.
While it is true that both Lincoln and Obama called Illinois home, the accurate comparisons end there. As hard as our current President may try, he is simply not only in the same ballpark as Lincoln….he isn’t even playing the same sport. Lincoln presided over the country during the most devisive time in history, the Civil War and brought the country back together. Obama took a country that was as cohesive as it had ever been following the attacks of 9/11 and divided it. Lincoln brought Democrats into the fold within his administration. Obama all but refuses to listen to Republicans.
So despite an inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009, making his campaign announcement speech on the steps of the old state capital in Springfield (the site of Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech), delivering the state of the union on Lincoln’s birthday and getting sworn into office on the Lincoln bible, Barack Obama is no Abraham Lincoln.
The fact that the President continue to attempt to invoke Lincoln should turn the stomach of any political junkie. Calling Illinois home and being President does not make Barack Obama the 2nd coming of Abe Lincoln anymore than being a bodybuilder and calling California home makes Lou Ferrigno Governor.