I knew Abraham Lincoln. You Mr. President, are no Abraham Lincoln.
Get worried when presidents start comparing themselves with Abraham Lincoln.
Dan Froomkin* has a must read column up. He talks about a Tuesday meeting Bush had with a number of conservative journalists. Froomkin attributes quotes to the National Review blog:
[Peter] Baker writes: “President Bush said yesterday that he senses a ‘Third Awakening’ of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation’s struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as ‘a confrontation between good and evil.’
“Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln’s strongest supporters were religious people ‘who saw life in terms of good and evil’ and who believed that slavery was evil. Many of his own supporters, he said, see the current conflict in similar terms. . . .
So, the fact that Bush sees a ‘Third Awakening’ is very, very scary. But then he starts using Lincoln analogies. I may be a born and bred Yankee, but does this mean that Bush is planning on declaring war on the Blue states?
It get’s worse. Go read the section entitled ‘Behind the Smokescreen .’ Go ahead, I’ll wait…
Now the only other president I connect with the suspension of habeas corpus is Lincoln. (Wilson might have done it too, but don’t get me started on Wilson.) Coincidence? I don’t think so. I wonder if Bush has already hired sculptors for the Bush memorial?
To misquote Lloyd Bentsen, „I knew Abraham Lincoln. You Mr. President, are no Abraham Lincoln.“
*I rarely read Froomkin even though he has good stuff, it’s just to much most days.