Skip to comments.Remember Lincoln, Obama Allies Say (BARF ALERT)
Posted on 01/17/2007 6:40:50 AM PST by MadIvan
For all those historians and political naysayers, Sen. Barack Obama's allies like to point out that Abraham Lincoln served just two years in the House before becoming president.
It's a comparison certain to be repeated as Obama, with slightly more than two years in the Senate, continues to align himself with the Civil War president. The senator's expected campaign kickoff is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Ill. - where both men served in the state legislature.
Obama filed paperwork for a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday, which allows him to raise money and organize a campaign structure before his formal announcement. He also talked about his plans in a video on his Web site.
If elected, he would be an obvious subject for the history books - the first black president.
Obama said the past six years have left the country in a precarious place and he promoted himself as the standard-bearer for a new kind of politics.
"Our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, commonsense way," Obama said in a video posted on his Web site. "Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can't tackle the big problems that demand solutions. And that's what we have to change first."
Obama's soft-spoken appeal on the stump, his unique background, his opposition to the Iraq war and his fresh face set him apart in a competitive race that also is expected to include front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
Obama has uncommon political talents, drawing adoring crowds even among the studious voters in New Hampshire during a much-hyped visit there last month. His star has risen on the force of his personality and message of hope - helped along by celebrity endorsements from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and actors Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
"I certainly didn't expect to find myself in this position a year ago," said Obama, who added that as he talked to Americans about a possible presidential campaign, "I've been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics."
The 45-year-old has few accomplishments on the national stage after serving little more than two years in the Senate. But at a time when many voters say they are unhappy with the direction of the country, a lack of experience in the nation's capital may not be a liability.
"The decisions that have been made in Washington these past six years, and the problems that have been ignored, have put our country in a precarious place," Obama said.
He said people are struggling financially, dependence on foreign oil threatens the environment and national security and "we're still mired in a tragic and costly war that should have never been waged."
Clinton is expected to announce her presidential campaign within days, but her spokesman said there would be no comment on Obama's decision from the Clinton camp. Back from Iraq, she abruptly canceled a Capitol Hill news conference minutes after word of Obama's announcement, citing the unavailability of a New York congressman to participate.
Other Democrats who have announced a campaign or exploratory committee are 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Joe Biden of Delaware and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also are considering a run.
Obama's decision was relatively low-key after months of hype, with no speech or media appearance to accompany his online announcement. He said he will discuss a presidential campaign with people around the country before his Feb. 10 event, and he wasted no time calling key activists Tuesday.
New Hampshire lobbyist Jim Demers talked with Obama for about five minutes. "He is extremely pumped and excited that this campaign is coming together," said Demers, who accompanied Obama on his visit to the state last month.
Obama's quick rise to national prominence began with his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and his election to the Senate that year. He's written two best-selling autobiographies - "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" and "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance."
Obama was born in Honolulu where his parents met while studying at the University of Hawaii. His father was black and from Kenya; his mother, white and from Wichita, Kan.
Obama's parents divorced when he was two and his father returned to Kenya. His mother later married an Indonesian student and the family moved to Jakarta. Obama returned to Hawaii when he was 10 to live with his maternal grandparents.
He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first black elected editor of the Harvard Law Review. Obama settled in Chicago, where he joined a law firm, helped local churches establish job training programs and met his future wife, Michelle Robinson. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
In 1996, he was elected to the Illinois state Senate. He won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Obama insisted during the 2004 campaign and through his first year in the Senate that he had no intention of running for president, but by late 2006 his public statements had begun to leave open that possibility.
Unless the Republicans stop tearing each other to pieces about the 2006 election results and who is "real" conservative or not, President Obama could be a possibility.
Word from Il. is that this guy is a very very bad choice. Loser and disliked by those that are serious about Politics.....
Having no Washington experience could conceivably be a plus for a candidate -- but not a candidate with no accomplishments, no executive experience, and no concrete ideas.
The last "fresh, new" president we had was outsider Jimmy Carter.
And Lincoln was a Republican.
Obama and Lincoln do have one thing in common: They are both Socialist who have no regard whatsoever for the Constitution.
I knew Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Abraham Lincoln.
Coming from a man who will only work 3 days a week in the Senate
Oh .. and this writer failed to mentioin the college in CA that Obama attended
Remember that it took a long time for events to take place in 1861. It took weeks, not minutes to mount an attack. There were no nukes.
Lincoln had established himself as one of the nation's top business attorneys, representing railroads and other interests. He had traveled the nation and people knew his stands. Obama is not Lincoln and the world is a different place.
Democrats have ideas? Where have I been?
Different times. And just because Lincoln proved that he was up to the challenges doesn't mean Obama is.
Obama wants us to look at him and think "Lincoln?"
Wow, how's that modesty thing workin' for ya?
Even osamaObama doesn't know who he is.
If you read about the 1860 Republican Convention, you'll find that Lincoln was a compromise candidate, intended to unite the party. The real irony, though, is that the people who hated Lincoln, wanted to keep slavery, and formed the Confederacy were Democrats. Obama's political ancestors wanted to keep people like him as merchandise.
Obama, a proud black man, was forced to do his homework by candlelight using charcoal to write with ... at Punahou and Harvard.
Watch for Obama to go on the rail-splitting trail this summer.