Skip to comments.Obama compares woes to Lincoln
Posted on 08/15/2011 5:58:22 PM PDT by radioone
At his campaign-style town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa, President Obama compared the criticism he has received from Republicans and other political opponents to the troubles faced by President Abraham Lincoln during the civil war. "Lincoln," the president said, "they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me."
The president's remarks came in response to a question from a woman who said that congressional Republicans are refusing to be a "good partner" to work with the president. "What happens to our democracy?" the woman asked. "We are in a very divided country right now. What can you say to help us with democracy itself?"
Obama told the woman that "democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this." In addition, he said, "We kind of romanticize sometimes what democracy used to be like."
"When you listen to what the Federalists said about the Anti-Federalists, and the names that Jefferson called Hamilton and back and forth -- I mean those guys were tough," Obama said. "Lincoln -- they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart."
The president has had historical analogies on his mind lately. At a high-dollar fundraiser in New York City last Thursday, he discussed the difficulties he has faced recently and included a meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr. "I think that we forget when he was alive there was nobody who was more vilified, nobody who was more controversial, nobody who was more despairing at times," the president said. "There was a decade that followed the great successes of Birmingham and Selma in which he was just struggling, fighting the good fight, and scorned, and many folks angry. But what he understood, what kept him going, was that the arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. But it doesnt bend on its own. It bends because all of us are putting our hand on the arc and we are bending it in that direction. And it takes time. And it's hard work. And there are frustrations."
BWA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Give him 3 months and he’ll be comparing himself to Jesus and the Republicans to the Romans.
the president or the dollar?
President Downgrayedd is having a tough time of it ((snicker))
Jefferson, Hamilton and Lincoln...Obama couldn’t spit shine their mud covered boots.
To even evoke their names in relation to his situation is disgusting.
Although Benjamin Franklin did speak of Obama when he said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
Obama has proven he is a wolf and the American Taxpayers are the lambs at the slaughter. Pray for Liberty so we can survive!
Obama is on a three state tour: Confusion, Delusion and Desperation.
After a while he realized I was just staring at him.
What? he asked.
I said “Do you have anything but excuses?”
He said no, got up and left.
Tonight he's finding solutions to remove his excuses.
I'd like Obama in my office tomorrow.
Lincoln? MLK? Yeah riiiiight...he certainly has a grandiose self image. Methinks Mr. Obama, when looking at the pantheon of United States history, he should probably look in a different direction, towards Plains, Georgia, or toward James Buchanon.
This man is delusional.
Frankly, Scarlett, there is way too much talk about “democracy” to suit me. We ain’t one, unless you consider that we have become one, which should scare the pants off anyone with half a brain.
He is not delusional. He is the same sly, slick, cunning fox like politician. These are all code words he is using to rally his African American and lefty base to stick with him and sympathize for him. What better way to rally “victim” classes than to play victim by invoking MLK and Lincoln (freed black slaves).
Don’t underestimate this rouge. He can be up to the worst scum.
He is probably talking about that Lincoln that used to be on Mod Squad.
Lincoln?? LINCOLN!!!,Mugabe Jr is dreaming on both his brain cells.
At this point everything Obambi says reads like the most
blatant kind of satire.
You JUST can’t make this stuff up.
We are “through the looking glass” with this guy.
He just keeps topping himself with clueless absurdity.
Comparing himself to Lincoln/ self-mythologizing “at its finest”-—yet SOMEONE must’ve suggested this as a talking point that might work with the dumbest bitter-end Obama supporters.
I'm surprised he hasn't thought of Job yet.
HEY HEY HEY PEOPLE! after Lincoln was shot in the head he was brain dead. Lets give barraccy a little slack here.
The Empty Suit is flailing around, and it obvious he has nothing to say.
Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.
I see another Pillar scene in our future. Whoopee
Is that spelled with two d’s, for a double dose of his pimpin’?
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, they were all just trying to emulate Ubama.
“Lincoln,” the president said, “they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”
My, my, my. That truly is delusional thinking. There’s crazy and then there is “batshit crazy”. That is worrisome.
Is he preparing to use federal troops to invade the South again?
| Well said AFreeBird.
The winning rule in 2012: a direct and non-stop political attack on Obama's record.
There's so much to hammer on here with this administration.
I wuz hopin someone would get it
Wish I could take the credit. But I read that Leno made that quip on a recent show.
So h/t to Jay for getting one right.
I thought Jay his ‘mouth’ said it was a bus tour to see how the country is doing and for the president to get among people and out of D.C. and not a ‘campaign speech’ did he bring along the teleprompter? and I hear (via Internet) that they booked 60 hotel rooms..some tour bamy..where is his other half? hiding? getting ready for their million$$$ martha vacation...what a life this dude has achieved???
Obama doesn’t poll well in the South either.
You could have the same meeting with the Republicans in Congress.
If I were hussein... and after wanting them to buy their own combat health insurance and today announcing that he wants to cut out their retirement and have them invest in a government managed 401k... if I were obama... I would try not to depend on Big Green for any support.
O has a crazy wife?
Hmmmm... At my company, we engineers work for the project engineers. They still have the excuses, but now they put names against them...
Good for you, on your response!
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