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Obama: Lincoln is “My Favorite President”

President Obama Wednesday made a contribution to the Democrats’ campaign to paint Republicans as extremists, declaring Abraham Lincoln to be his favorite president.

“Look, I don’t believe that any single party has a monopoly on wisdom,” Obama said. “My favorite President is a guy from Illinois who founded the Republican Party, effectively — Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican President.”

Democrats in recent weeks have been attempting portray Republicans as a group of radicals unfit for power, suggesting that GOP icons like Abraham Lincoln and even Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize the Party.

Obama went on to infer that Republicans were discriminatory and hostile to the principles of equality that Lincoln has come to represent.

“What does make me a Democrat is the basic idea that in this country, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter who you love, you should be able to get ahead if you’re willing to work hard and act responsibly,” Obama said.

The president, who spoke during a Boston fundraiser for Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey, misstated Lincoln’s role in creating Republican Party.

Lincoln did not found the Party, either directly or “effectively.” But he was the first Republican president.

55 Responses to Obama: Lincoln is “My Favorite President”

  1. “Lincoln did not found the Party, either directly or “effectively.” But he was the first Republican president.”

    Doesn’t matter when talking to his base. He can say anything, no matter how ridiculous and he’ll go unchecked. Progressives have chipped away at the tenants this country was founded upon for the past 50+ years and we’ve allowed it to happen. We have yet to see the worst of it and unfortunately, it’s well deserved.

  2. Maybe Bammy would like to examine his OWN party’s underpinnings?

    This is one of the best compilations I’ve found on the subject, but I’m sure it’s not a complete one;

    “Well here is the history that every Democrat needs to know when claiming that Republicans are racist. Once and for all it would be nice to put this crap to bed but I know it will not.

    * The number of Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery. There were six from 1840 through 1860.

    * The number of Democratic presidents who owned slaves. There were seven from 1800 through 1861

    * The number of Democratic Party platforms that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject. There were 20, from 1868 through 1948.

    * “Jim Crow” as in “Jim Crow laws and the role Democrats played in creating them. These were the post-Civil War laws passed enthusiastically by Democrats in that pesky 52-year part of the DNC’s missing years. These laws segregated public schools, public transportation, restaurants, rest rooms and public places in general (everything from water coolers to beaches). The reason Rosa Parks became famous is that she sat in the “whites only” front section of a bus, the “whites only” designation the direct result of Democrats.

    * The formation of the Ku Klux Klan, which, according to Columbia University historian Eric Foner, became “a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.” Nor is there reference to University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease’s description of the Klan as the “terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”

    * Democrats opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. The 13th banned slavery. The 14th effectively overturned the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision (made by Democratic pro-slavery Supreme Court justices) by guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves. The 15th gave black Americans the right to vote.

    * Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. It was passed by the Republican Congress over the veto of President Andrew Johnson, who had been a Democrat before joining Lincoln’s ticket in 1864. The law was designed to provide blacks with the right to own private property, sign contracts, sue and serve as witnesses in a legal proceeding.

    * Democrats’ opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses Grant. The law prohibited racial discrimination in public places and public accommodations.

    * Democrats’ 1904 platform, which devotes a section to “Sectional and Racial Agitation,” claiming the GOP’s protests against segregation and the denial of voting rights to blacks sought to “revive the dead and hateful race and sectional animosities in any part of our common country,” which in turn “means confusion, distraction of business, and the reopening of wounds now happily healed.”

    * Four Democratic platforms, 1908-20, that are silent on blacks, segregation, lynching and voting rights as racial problems in the country mount. By contrast the GOP platforms of those years specifically address “Rights of the Negro” (1908), oppose lynching (in 1912, 1920, 1924, and 1928) and, as the New Deal kicks in, speak out about the dangers of making blacks “wards of the state.”

    * Democratic Convention of 1924, known to history as the “Klanbake.” The 103-ballot convention was held in Madison Square Garden. Hundreds of delegates were members of the Ku Klux Klan, the Klan so powerful that a plank condemning Klan violence was defeated outright. To celebrate, the Klan staged a rally with 10,000 hooded Klansmen in a field in New Jersey directly across the Hudson from the site of the convention. Attended by hundreds of cheering convention delegates, the rally featured burning crosses and calls for violence against African-Americans and Catholics.

    * Democrats segregated the federal government, at the direction of President Woodrow Wilson upon taking office in 1913. There \is a reference to the fact that President Harry Truman integrated the military after World War II.

    * Democrats created the Federal Reserve Board, passed labor and child welfare laws, and created Social Security with Wilson’s New Freedom and FDR’s New Deal. There is no mention that these programs were created as the result of an agreement to ignore segregation and the lynching of blacks. Neither is there a reference to the thousands of local officials, state legislators, state governors, U.S. congressmen and U.S. senators who were elected as supporters of slavery and then segregation between 1800 and 1965. Nor is there reference to the deal with the devil that left segregation and lynching as a way of life in return for election support for three post-Civil War Democratic presidents, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt

    * Three-fourths of the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in the U.S. House came from Democrats, or that 80% of the “nay” vote in the Senate came from Democrats. Certainly there is no reference to the fact that the opposition included future Democratic Senate leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia (a former Klan member) and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore Sr., father of Vice President Al Gore.

    * In Birmingham, Ala., Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor, who infamously unleashed dogs and fire hoses on civil rights protestors, was in fact–yes indeed–a member of both the Democratic National Committee and the Ku Klux Klan.

    * The fact that Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to initiate the legislation which finally passed and was enacted under Democrat Presidents JFK and LBJ), the party of the left has somehow hoodwinked much of the black community into thinking they are its savior. In fact until the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,

    * Martin Luther King was a Republican, re-registering as a Democrat as part of the negotiations, and so were most blacks Republicans (the party of Abraham Lincoln) until that time. Facts like these are part of the reason the Progressives consistently fight to re-write and edit the history that is taught and skew media productions.

    * Democrats will likely say they led the fight for civil rights throughout the years, though a cursory review of the party will prove this assertion wrong. For instance, this was the party that established the Ku Klux Klan as its enforcement arm. Powerful Democrat politicians have appointed Klansmen to high-ranking positions in American government for a century, yet have somehow convinced the vast majority of blacks that Republicans are the bad guys! The KKK was used to intimidate voters, black and white, into voting Democrat – or not voting at all. Through violence, property damage, rape, and murder, Democrats were able to secure a huge majority of the black vote comprised of those afraid to cast an alternate ballot. Disgustingly, they have somehow been able to maintain that death-grip on the African-American community to this day.
    * The GOP, which was the first to name a black Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of State, must defend itself against accusations based purely in the imagination of Democrats, often with figurative or literal blood on their own hands.

    For too long Americans, ignorant of history, have bought into this liberal libel, and Republicans, to their everlasting shame; have been relatively spineless in combating these nefarious lies. Republicans hold the moral high ground here. Democrats on the other hand, taking a break from their absolute fealty to the false doctrine of separation of church and state, run to the black churches just before every election to plant fear into their hearts of Republicans dragging them back to the days of slavery. On the bright side, as hypocritical as it is, every minute Democrats spend in a black church is a minute they are not shoveling hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of Planned Parenthood, funding the slaughter of millions of unborn black children.
    The hypocrisy truly is stunning. Democrats pretend to be the protectorate for poor blacks who would otherwise become victims from the scheming, evil, white Republicans. They usurp the mantel of the civil rights movement, when the truth is nothing close. The Prevaricator-in-Chief, His Royal Lie-ness Barack Obama, famously claimed that his very conception was a result of the love affair between his father and mother during the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama in 1965. The problem? Obama was born in 1961, four years before that historic event. You know who DID join a civil rights march? That would be Mitt Romney’s father, Governor George Romney, who led a procession of 10,000 marchers in Detroit two days after Bloody Sunday in a show of solidarity with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the marchers at Selma.

    For a list of prominent politicians NOT supportive of civil rights for black Americans, look no further than the Democrat Party. The most vocal opponents of the Civil Rights Act were all Democrats, including Albert Gore, Sr., father of former Vice President and 2000 Democrat presidential nominee Al Gore, and the Methuselah of the Senate, former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, former “Kleagle” and “Grand Cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan, who personally spoke for an astonishing fourteen hours straight in the Senate in an attempt to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This was the same Robert Byrd that called MLK a “troublemaker” and a “coward,” and the same Byrd who vociferously opposed integrating the military, proclaiming he would “…rather die a thousand times and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt, never to rise again, than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds…”

    It was Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace who said in his inaugural speech, “I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” He would attempt to keep his promise by physically blocking the desegregation of Alabama schools. He would later run for president on the American Independent Party ticket, seeing as how the racist Democrat Party was still not quite racist enough for him.

    And what about the KKK? Is it fair to tie the racist Klan to the Democrat Party? Why yes, yes it is. As historian Bruce Bartlett reveals, during an 1872 Congressional investigation, Democrats admitted to forming the Ku Klux Klan as a way to stop the growth of the Republican Party. He continues, “As PBS’s ‘American Experience’ notes, ‘In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865.”

    It is literally impossible to cover all of the racist history of the Democrat Party in this confined space, but even a cursory review tells the story. Jim Crow laws? Passed by Democrats. Harry Truman, member of the Kansas City chapter of the KKK? Democrat. Fugitive slave laws which returned runaway slaves to their owners? Democrats. 1856 Supreme Court decision in the Dred Scott case, legally defining blacks as the property of their masters? A 7-2 decision, written by Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Democrat, with every concurring vote cast by a Democrat. The two opposing? One Republican and one Whig (a portion of which party had split to form the Republican Party). Passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the slavery-limiting Missouri Compromise? That would be, you guessed it, Democrats.

    Now, to be fair, the extensive proof of deeply-held racism by the Democrat Party is not de facto proof that the Republican Party is not itself full of racists. So once again, let’s take a look at the facts:

    The Republican Party was formed in 1854 for the specific purpose of ending slavery. Less than a decade later, the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, would issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Southern states, and see the blood of hundreds of thousands shed to insure that victory. In 1865, the 13th Amendment formally and legally freeing the slaves was passed with every Republican in the House and Senate voting in favor, but only 19 Democrats supporting it (less than one quarter). It was Republicans, against vicious Democrat opposition, that passed the 14th Amendment (establishing citizenship for former black slaves), and the 15th Amendment (granting blacks the right to vote). It was Republicans who first passed Civil Rights Acts (in 1866 and in 1875), which would be rescinded by Democrats with the passage of the Repeal Act of 1894. A little over half a century later, it would be Republicans that would push through the Civil Rights Acts again, with 80% of Republicans voting for the 1964 law compared to only 64% of Democrats.

    Disingenuous Democrats unbelievably claim the racists in the Democrat Party fled to the Republican Party in recent years, but that doesn’t come close to passing the smell test. For one, why would racist Democrats flee to the party that formed to end slavery, and which had only recently voted in overwhelming numbers to pass laws protecting blacks from this very racist ideology? Why would they flee to the party that is trying to end the holocaust of abortion, which kills off about half of all black babies? Why flee to the party that fights for educational choice so that poor blacks aren’t forced to send their kids to failing schools?

    Notoriously corrupt Obama Attorney General Eric Holder famously claimed that America is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to talking about race. To that I’d simply reply, “Whenever you’re ready, dear.” ”
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread887108/pg

    Yup, it’s Republicans, all right…

    • These are excellent examples of how democrats can communicate their message much better than republicans. I’ve seen it many times where democrats create the problems, blame republicans and then are allowed to “fix” the problems they’ve created only to pile on more problems until it becomes a convoluted. This is standard operating procedure. Only in America can the people responsible for screwing things up, blame the other side and then be expected to know how to fix the problem. Insanity!

      • excuse “becomes a convoluted mess.” Just to add, I find it so amusing to watch the liberal talking heads talk about what is needed to fix the economy. That’s just hilarious!

  3. Of course, he might like Lincoln because Obama would dearly love to suspend Habeus Corpus like Lincoln did; I’m sure Obama would’nt mind shooting people who support states rights vs. Federal dominance, especially if they’re White; AND Obama probably likes how revered LIncoln is despite his lack of a moral compass as indicated by statements like THIS one;

    “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” – A. Lincoln
    http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/greeley.htm
    WHAT A MORALIST! He SURE was worried about folks who might look like yourself, wasn’t he, Hopester?

    The Emancipation Proclaimation was an exercise in pure cynicism as well.

    “Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

    “That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.”

    A ringing declaration! Look closer, though. He issued this on 9/22/1862, and it did not take effect until 1/1/1863. Whatever state stopped rebelling at that point could STILL be a slave state AND part of the United States! Pretty sure Abe didn’t expect that to happen, but he definitely left the door open…

    Just to make the point futher, though, look down lower…

    “Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
    Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

    And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. ”

    Did you see where he EXEPMTED certain places that he declared were NOT in rebellion? Hmm, not exactly a dedicated freedom fighter, eh?

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/transcript.html

    Yup, Hopey, I can see why you like Abe. He was only concerned with coalacing power on the Federal Government, and d@mned be the Constitution that tries to stop him!

    Any “moral” considerations are purely secondary, and just nice for the political convenience…

    He was better with the Military, though, even though he didn’t mind sending them to slaughtered in job lots, he didn’t treat them like cr@p and disrespect them at every occasion. This is why it worked for him, you may want to take notes…

    I wouldn’t look FORWARD! to having your head on Rushmore, though. Even if the ENTIRE range COULD contain your swollen head once we offed those dead white guys that are already there (including your “hero”, there STILL wouldn’t be room for your ears.

    • I think you’re giving barry too much credit. He’s not that thoughtful or deep. He likes Lincoln because he knows most people think the civil war was about slavery and ‘ol Abe just wanted to free the slaves, so liking Abe is the cool and hip thing to do.

  4. It’s because Lincoln was an SOB just like Obama. People need to wise up and ignore the revisionist history, particularly that of our worthless schools, and recognize that Lincoln was a piece of crap. He was completely fake…just like the current WH occupant.

  5. I resent the President’s remarks.
    Funny how he is only the President of just his supporters and not the rest of us.
    As Barney Fife said while running for Sheriff of Mayberry, ” Is that good government”.

  6. Of course, one MAJOR difference between Lincoln and Obama may come to be that Lincoln didn’t CAUSE his Civil War, but Obama may very well cause the NEXT one…

  7. “….. you should be able to get ahead if you’re willing to work hard and act responsibly,” Obama said.” HA HA HA…Obama said that. Yet he’s the textbook example of a political parasite who has been carried on the shoulders of other people his entire life, apparently completely indifferent to hard work. He wouldn’t know how to act responsibly regarding his presidency if the instructions were written on the back page of his well worn Alinsky handbook.

  8. Couldn’t resist this one: Award winning painting – The Man from Illinois

    http://manfromillinois.com/

    It takes a special brand of chutzpah to pass yourself off as the second coming of Abraham Lincoln – 150 years after slavery was abolished – especially when you have spent your entire adult life community organizing and re-enslaving blacks. What’s worse than a black man using his own people as pawns while he furthers his own ambitions to achieve untold wealth and power? Sorta reminds one of Jesse and Al – not Abraham Lincoln.

    It didn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what he was up to when he announced his candidacy on the steps of the Old Capitol Bldg in Spriigfield and followed it up with that hilarious Gettysberg Express train ride with the Bidens – straight out of the Keystone Kops. The guy is simply a fake – there is no ‘there’ there. Downright embarrassing! Didn’t he use Lincoln’s Bible or something at his second swearing in? We’re never going to see the end of it. Doris Kearns Goodwin will write the sequel to “Lincoln” and call it “Obama”; and Spielberg will do the sequel to the film. History will never record the real story of BHO as long as raging liberals like Doris Kearns Goodwin are writing the bios. Sad!

    Lessons Obama did not learn from Abraham Lincoln:

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves

    Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
    –August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

  9. “Obama went on to infer that Republicans were discriminatory and hostile to the principles of equality that Lincoln has come to represent.”

    Actually, since Obama was doing the talking, he implied…the ones listening do the inferring. Sorry, I used to be an editor. :)

  10. Barry talks a good Tea party speech. He needs to reexamine his political beliefs if he really believes what he said. Because that is soooo not the democrats!

  11. “What does make me a Democrat is the basic idea that in this country, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter who you love, you should be able to get ahead if you’re willing to work hard and act responsibly,” Obama said.

    HA!

    Democrats encourage NOT working by use of the many sit-on-your-butt-and-get-paid programs they push for and GET. Act responsibly? I guess that means by having the gas in the car and ready to drive to the abortion clinic if you screw around and get pregnant.

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