150 years apart: Transformational presidents by Shirley Anne WarshawGettysburg College - New York TimesQuicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
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|150 years apart: Transformational presidents 'As the nation prepares to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln's birthday and commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, it is an opportune time to compare the two presidents that bracket these 150 years, Lincoln and President Barack Obama. 'Comparisons begin with bonds. While comparisons routinely focus on the personal bonds that connect Lincoln and Obama, noting for instance that both were former Illinois legislators, lawyers with keen minds, and gifted orators, the more significant comparison is often overlooked:the resolve by each of these two men, separated across two centuries, to use the vast resources of the federal government to remedy social and economic injustice and to solve major problems that states alone could or would not address. It is their approach to leadership that connects these two presidents.'|
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