Hey, is it Lincoln’s birthday or Obama’s? Hard to tell anymore.
If you’re overdosing on all the fawning, endless Obama/Lincoln comparisons today, Bruce at MassBackwards has penned a little comic relief.
Introducing…the Obamasburg Address:
February 12, 2009
Three weeks and two days ago our community organizers and voter fraud operatives brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Socialism, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created to be subservient to their government.
Now we are engaged in a great class war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave up their individual liberty that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The gullible voters, living and dead, who were bamboozled here, have consecrated it, far above the diminished power of the people to detract. The media will little note, nor long remember what we are actually doing here, nor will it ever admit what they did here. It is for us the powerful centralized government, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so fraudulently advanced. It is rather for us, the ones we have been waiting for, to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these uneducated, unskilled masses we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these useful idiots shall not have voted, however many times, in vain — that this nation, under Me, shall have a new birth of HopenchangeTM — and that government of the lobbyists, by the politically-connected, for the career politicians, shall not perish from the earth.”
Thank you, Bruce, we needed that!
President Obama has urged supporters to help the United States remain “the last, best hope of Earth.” He has ordered staff members to “think anew and act anew.” And he has assailed the “worn-out dogmas” of political ideology.
Each time, his words were reminiscent of those of Abraham Lincoln.
Obama, like so many of his predecessors, wants to link himself to one of history’s greatest presidents.
“He sees Lincoln as a model,” said Fred Kaplan, author of “Lincoln: The Biography Of A Writer.” “Obama echoes Lincoln.”
Also, as the nation’s first black president, Obama can “suggest he’s helping to complete the unfinished work of American democracy that Lincoln spoke about at Gettysburg,” said Harold Holzer, a historian and co-chair of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Wednesday evening, Obama honored Lincoln at a gala at Ford’s Theatre, the recently renovated hall where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Thursday the president will discuss Lincoln again as he travels to Springfield, Ill., for the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth…
…Obama borrows Lincoln’s phrases and pacing. In June, when he clinched the Democratic nomination, Obama urged backers to see this as “the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope of Earth.”
The phrase comes not from a Lincoln speech, but from his written 1862 message to Congress, in which he urged members to continue backing the war to save the Union: “We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”
Obama outlined his admiration for Lincoln in a 2005 essay for Time magazine. He cited Lincoln’s “humble beginnings,” as well as his “rise from poverty, his ultimate mastery of language and law, his capacity to overcome personal loss and remain determined in the face of repeated defeat.”
Obama’s Lincoln-mania has drawn critics over the years.