Progressives have made it their business to herald Obama as the new Abraham Lincoln. They boast that as with President Lincoln, Obama too leads a decidedly split nation. Indeed, they are correct that Americans remain divided over important issues but whether that equates Obama to President Lincoln is stretching history a bit too far.
Of all the problems President Lincoln struggled with during his presidency, slavery was the most important issue of the day. Slavery divided the nation between the Abolitionists and the radical Southerners. One group demanded the complete end to the horrible institution that marred American history and the other group wanted slavery to remain intact. Squeezed in the middle of both warring groups, President Lincoln maintained an unwavering position to crush slavery. Lest anyone confuse this to mean that his main purpose in the fight that led to the Civil War was to emancipate slaves, one must remember that President Lincoln’s primary concern was always the Union between the States. Here marks one of the greatest differences between President Lincoln and Obama. Despite his unpopularity, President Lincoln always worked to keep the nation together. In contrast, Obama works diligently to further split the nation, forever promoting his own radical agendas over the cries of half of the nation’s population.
Yet, it is not President Lincoln’s political genius but his humanity towards his fellow Americans that makes him an exceptional leader. For example, during the Civil War, President Lincoln often stayed up late at night reading dispatches from the War Department to keep up with the latest news. In contrast, Obama slept through the night of September 11, 2012 as enemies slaughtered American heroes in Benghazi. Moreover, contrary to the claims of the Obama Administration, Americans still wait for answers to what happened in Benghazi on that fateful night.
Politicians, celebrities, and the Media have all made outrageous comparisons between Obama and President Lincoln in hope(s) of raising Obama’s reputation as a great national leader. It is obvious that the propaganda has led some Americans to believe these tall tales over time. Yet, no amount of glossing over can cover up the stark contrast between President Lincoln and Obama’s personalities respectively. Obama might be able to present himself as a flamboyant politician because of the overwhelming support from his followers but he is hardly a worthy candidate for comparison to President Lincoln, a plain man with a great soul.