Saturday, January 17, 2009
Fair Comparison? Not!
The Obama Administration is throwing a multi-million dollar Inauguration Party with a "Lincoln" theme. I think it's ludicrous for President-elect Obama to compare himself to President Lincoln. The only things he has in common with Lincoln are they both represented Illinois, they're both skinny, and they both have big ears. They're not even in the same party! To compare today's problems with what Lincoln faced shows a basic ignorance of history. Lincoln was faced with the destruction of the Union, and the deaths of 600,000 Americans. He had to make decisions from a White House with an enemy literally knocking on the back door. Yes, the slaves were freed as a result of the Civil War and I guess that eventually led to a society that would elect a white President with a black father, but that in no way makes Obama the new Lincoln, which is what I think his PR people are trying to imply. Obama needs to walk the walk before he talks the talk. I'm so looking forward to Obama doing a better job than his predecessor. So far we have an exponentially increasing deficit , tax increases, the stock market in a prolonged nose dive since November 4th, a European (wait all day) type health care system, the hobbling of our intelligence community, low morale of our military, and a United Nations oriented foreign policy to look forward to. Should be interesting.