Vail Daily letter: Obama’s no Lincoln
August 21, 2010
I believe that Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens’ comparison of President Obama to Abraham Lincoln with respect to “shrewdness” requires an extraordinary leap of faith. (Commentary, August 15, 2010.)
Historians will reflect and resolve such comparisons in the late 21st century. President Obama has been in office for less than two years.
President Lincoln looms as one of the most outstanding presidents in our country’s history. Lincoln’s political skills permitted him to corral a team of true rivals and lead our country out of a state of divisiveness to a united country.
President Obama has not led a team of rivals but rather a team of similar-minded individuals supported by a large Democratic majority in the House and the Senate.
We will be able to judge President Obama’s accomplishments by the mid-term election results and the subsequent presidential election in 2012.
President Lincoln visited the fields of battle frequently, against the advice of his colleagues. President Obama has never visited the Arizona border. President Lincoln united our country. According to recent polls, under President Obama the divisiveness in our country has increased even along the lines of race.
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Two quotes from President Lincoln are “You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payor,” and “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.” President Obama’s policies run counter to these statements.
In other writings, Van Ens also cites “political hacks who divide rather than build coalitions …” By this, he means anyone whose viewpoint may not parallel his own views. I would suggest that President Obama’s team more closely fits with the “political hack” characterization rather than with the lofty space occupied by Abraham Lincoln.
Dan M. Spengler