President Barack Obama, right, shares a laugh with television news anchor Katie Couric, center, and an unidentified actor portraying Abraham Lincoln during a visit to Ford’s Theater Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) CNN is doing all day coverage of “From Lincoln to Obama,” discussing the sixteenth’s president legacy in conjunction with Barack Obama’s burgeoning 44th presidency.
This is the 200th birthday of Lincoln, but Obama-Lincoln comparisons have been going on since Obama started his run for president two years ago, announcing his candidacy on the steps of the Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.
Obama adopted Lincoln’s “Team of Rivals” strategy of sorts in picking his cabinet and staff (although I’d argue that most of Obama’s cabinet is pretty agreeable). Lincoln-based questions pop up interviews and because of the historical president’s looming significance as both “The Great Emancipator” and the man who kept the Union together despite a bloody Civil War.
His is the shadow every US president operates from out under.