The Abe of Obama

December 7th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Much has been said about Barack Obama.

Much has been said about Barack Obama and the books he reads.

Much has been said about Barack Obama reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

Much has been said about the similarities between Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln.

And for good reason. While I am only on page 11 of Team of Rivals, I have already noted the following:

(and seriously, I swear to god, I am not simply reading this book because it is now in the news, I have owned it for some time now, having snagged a hardcover first edition for 10 dollars during a bargain sale at Barnes & Borderzon.)

Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama were both nominated by their party to be presidential candidates above considerable odds and the presence of much more prominent, formidable opponents.

They were both from the state of Illinois.

Lincoln’s only elected experience was a single term as Representative. Obama’s only experience was a single term as Senator.

They both chose a former opponent as Secretary of State.

Which is all great. Lincoln was a great President. And Obama is proving to be one.

But here’s my problem:

Abraham Lincoln was shot.

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3 Responses to “The Abe of Obama”

  1. We have the Secret Service now and private top of the line security. Don’t worry James, Obama will survive.

  2. Both grew up in log cabins, both had fade haircuts in their youth, both eat bread, both were born on a day with a new moon, both are known for their poor horse handling abilities, both rose from humble beginnings, both trained in law, both right handed, both deliver nothing but net on three pointers, both abducted by aliens in the teenage years – the list just goes eerily on and on! F’n wild, crazy shit.

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