He swore his oath of office on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible. He chose to give this year’s State of the Union address on Lincoln’s birthday. He rode to Washington in 2009 on a train route similar to that taken by Lincoln in 1861. He has compared his critics to Lincoln’s critics. He confesses to his groupies that he likes to read the handwritten Gettysburg Address that hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom.
Barack Obama is obsessed with comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln.
To paraphrase the arrogant Lloyd Bentsen: America knew Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was a friend of ours. Barack Obama, you’re no Abraham Lincoln.
When the Narcissist-in-Chief isn’t referring to himself as the fourth-best president in history or calling himself “The Gipper” – and the sycophantic media isn’t fawning over how “Reaganesque” he is – the community organizer is all about being a Lincoln-wannabe.
On a cold February day in 2007, Barack Hussein Obama stood on the steps of the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield to announce that he would seek the office of President of the United States and said the following:
“And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still exist, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States.
That’s what Abraham Lincoln understood. He had his doubts. He had his defeats. He had his setbacks. But through his will and his words, he moved a nation and helped free a people. It is because of the millions who rallied to his cause that we are no longer divided, North and South, slave and free.
It is because men and women of every race, from every walk of life, continued to march for freedom long after Lincoln was laid to rest, that today we have the chance to face the challenges of this millennium together, as one people – as Americans.”
Yeah, well, the rest is history, as they say.
America is arguably more divided than at any time since the Civil War – thanks in large part, to you-know-who. While the poor country boy who grew up in southern Indiana (yes, Indiana – NOT Kentucky) matured to become one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever known, the petty community organizer from Chicago has done none of the kind – choosing instead to berate and ridicule his opponents (“enemies,” as he refers to them on Hispanic radio stations) and their beliefs at every opportunity. Barack Obama, you’re no Abraham Lincoln.
A large part of Lincoln’s political genius was evidenced by his decision to populate his cabinet with opponents who had bitterly opposed him. (If you haven’t read Team of Rivals, I suggest that you do so.)
In 1860, a former one-term congressman from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, stunned the country by prevailing over three prominent rivals – William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates – to win the Republican nomination for President. Equally surprising was what Lincoln did after being elected President: He appointed all three rivals to his cabinet – Seward as Secretary of State, Chase as Secretary of the Treasury and Bates as Attorney General.
A century later, Lyndon Johnson famously said of an adversary: “It’s better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside pissing in.”
And the “Lincolnesque” Obama? Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarret, David Axelrod – and a host of yes-men. (And, yes, “men” is appropriate – given that O tends to favor (white) men.)
Face it, Obamabots, your omniscient president surrounds himself with like-minded ideologues and doesn’t take kindly to those who disagree with him.
Abraham Lincoln fought to hold the Union together; Barack Obama seeks to divide it. Lincoln sought counsel from those with whom he disagreed; Obama does not – choosing instead to mock and ridicule all who oppose him. Lincoln – like Ronald Reagan – believed in American Exceptionalism; Barack Obama believes America is an arrogant, brutish country for which he should continually apologize to the world. Barack Obama, you’re no Abraham Lincoln.
Sadly, this whole Emperor’s New Clothes cult-following thing has four more years to go. Hopefully, we’ll be able to pick up the pieces when O’s gone.
P.S. A quick one-question quiz for Obamabots: Can you think of any other president in history with an insecure penchant for comparing himself to previous presidents? Neither can I.