A Defining Moment for the US’ 16th & 44th Presidents
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, coming off an 8-year tirade with the previous administration visited the Lincoln Memorial this week. The Congressional
committee that puts together the inauguration ceremonies announced that the theme of Obama's inauguration would be “A
New Birth of Freedom,” to mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln
’s birth, symbolically linking one president from Illinois who freed the slaves to another who broke racial barriers in
politics and reset the Electoral Map. In the hours following Tuesday's election, it gained fresh significance for
Obama's supporters, who flocked to leave Lincoln messages of congratulations by his monument in the historic heart of
Others have noted the similarities between the 16th and 44th Presidents:
Both politicians rose to fame in Illinois, though the state is now known as the “Land of Lincoln” and not the Land of
Both were/are inexperienced: Lincoln even less so than Obama - his highest office held before the Presidency was a seat
on the House of Representatives, elected in 1846. Obama has only been Senator in Illinois for one term, and it’s the
highest office he’s held.
Tall and skinny: Lincoln was 6'4" even without the funny hat. Obama is 6′2″.
Both were against major wars in their days - no, I’m not talking about the Civil War for Lincoln. Instead, as a
Representative (a Whig) he was against the Mexican-American War, criticizing President Polk for the US' involvement.
While the kidd noted that there would be less humor in a Obama vs. Bush Administration, he did state that laughing
'with' a president is much better medicine than laughing 'at' a president! For a look at the kidd's tribute to Lincoln
and Obama, check out his latest toon at: www.kiddmillennium.com/kiddskartoons.html
is a freelance journalist and editorial cartoonist whose work has appeared in Alternet, Counterpunch, Sacramento News & Review, Albion Monitor and the World and I. He is author of “Uncle Dubya’s Jihad Jamboree”, published in 2005, and the
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