Senator Barack Obama Sees Parallels With Abraham Lincoln
CHICAGO (AP) _ Sen. Barack Obama sees parallels between former President Abraham Lincoln's life and his own, but he says the 16th U.S. president credited with freeing U.S. slaves might not have envisioned a black man occupying the seat he now holds.
Obama, who occupies the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois that Lincoln lost to Stephen Douglas in 1858, wrote about how Lincoln shaped his life in an upcoming special issue of Time magazine.
``In Lincoln's rise from poverty, his ultimate mastery of language and law, his capacity to overcome personal loss and remain determined in the face of repeated defeat _ in all this, he reminded me not just of my own struggles. He also reminded me of a larger, fundamental element of American life _ the enduring belief that we can constantly remake ourselves to fit our larger dreams,'' Obama wrote.
The issue is on newsstands Monday.
Obama, the son of a Kenyan father and American mother who is just the fifth black senator in U.S. history, also raised questions about Lincoln's role in ending slavery.
``I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator,'' Obama said. ``As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African-American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice.''
And as for what Lincoln may have thought about Obama's election to the Senate in 2004?
``He may not have dreamed of that exact outcome. But I like to believe he would have appreciated the irony,'' Obama said.
Note to Obama (�I am fully aware of his limited views on race�) LIMITED VIEWS! ARE YOU FUCKEN KIDDING, Lincoln wanted your black ass on the next boat back to Africa. Black elected folk sometimes do some strange things to curry favor with potential white voters.
Abe Lincoln can kiss my black ass.
Read my previous post below:
Abe Lincoln Just loved Dem black folk