Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Is Obama like Lincoln?

Browsing through the magazine section of Barnes & Noble today, I ran across a publication of American History Magazine titled Lincoln: In His Own Words.

At least a million of Abraham Lincoln's words survive, and more are discovered every week.
Harold Holzer, Historian (2008)

During the Lincoln-Douglass debates, for example, Lincoln referred to scraps of paper in which he habitually jotted down his thoughts on the fly. Sometimes these scraps were kept inside his stovepipe hat.
Barack Obama writes his own speeches, although no one has yet spotted scrappy paper or a tall hat, he has been compared to Abraham Lincoln in this electoral campaign. Will he have a chance to live up to that comparison? So far this election day morning, it seems he may. May the best man win, be he Obama or McCain.

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