Fresh from comparing himself to Martin Luther King, President Obama on his bus tour this week likened his beleaguered situation to that of Abraham Lincoln, suggesting Lincoln had incurred the same type of revulsion from his opponents that Obama gets from his own enemies today.
Actually, though it was tongue in cheek, Obama, who spoke during an appearance in Decorah, Iowa, grumbled that he has it worse.
But when you listen to what the Federalists said about the anti-Federalists and the names that Jefferson called Hamilton and back and forth — I mean, those guys were tough. Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.
Now, it’s true, he’s not comparing his achievements to those of Lincoln. But it takes a certain frame of mind, a certain presumptuousness and high self esteem, to put yourself in the same sentence with Lincoln.
Add to this the inaneness and irresponsibility of it. Lincoln’s critics were savaging him for his effort to save our very union, an effort for which one of those critics paid him back by taking his life.
Obama is on the receiving end, as unpleasant as it might be for him, of the standard, run of the mill vitriol launched toward a sitting president. George W. Bush had it much worse, far as I can tell, and whined about it far less frequently.
It’s hot in that there White House kitchen. If Obama could somehow grow a thicker skin, he’d sweat these things a lot less.