An Obama Inspired by Lincoln, Heads to Washington
Obama's Arrival By Train Arrangements to Washington:
As Barack Obama prepared for his arrival in Washington, he embraced the same historical imagery that he used to kick off his presidential campaign: the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.
Obama was traveling to the capital by retracing the final stages of the train trip Lincoln made to assume the presidency, beginning the fanfare for an inaugural celebration in which the Great Emancipator will be an unmistakable presence. With an official theme for the festivities taken from the Gettysburg Address, Obama will appear at the martyred president's memorial for a televised concert, take the oath of office on a Bible used by Lincoln and even attend an inaugural luncheon that will feature favorite Lincoln foods.
Perhaps the most awaited inauguration for a United States president worldwide will sure happen with style. Millions of people are expected to attend the event. However why was Lincoln the inspiration for Obama's Inauguration?
Lincoln is in some ways a natural fit as model for a tall, skinny politician from Illinois who, like the 16th president, shows a gift for oratory. It is all the more so for a president whose barrier-breaking election can be viewed as the fulfillment of the long struggle for racial equality begun by Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves.
Many are also saying that...
The parallel has limits as a political tool but still can help prepare the public for sacrifices and patience through difficult moments ahead as Obama confronts dire economic circumstances, two wars and the threat of terrorism, said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist.
"They're trying to get people to focus on the history of the presidency in times of crisis," Devine said. "If they can make that comparison valid, that will give him the leeway to do the things he needs to do. He's going to have to do things that are unpopular."
From my personal perspective Obama's Inauguration will be amazing and the choice of attaching Lincoln's history to it is extremely well fitted, not only due to the hard work done by Lincoln during his time in office but also taking from Obama's own words in an interview shortly after the election took place he said: "I've been spending a lot of time reading Lincoln,"... "There is a wisdom there, and a humility about his approach to government.".
What is your take upon Obama's pre-inaugural train trip?