Fox News Is Outraged: Obama Is Trying to Steal Lincolnâ€™s Identity!
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Conservatives are outraged that President-elect Obama has the audacity to invoke Abraham Lincoln when talking about his vision for the presidency. They point to the fact that Obama often talked about the Doris Kearns Goodwin book “ Team of Rivals,” and said that he would like to put together a similar Cabinet. They’re also outraged that Obama uses Lincolnesque rhetoric is his speeches and is holding part of the inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial.
Yesterday on Fox and Friends, for example, Glenn Beck and the show’s hosts were saying that it was “amazing” that Obama has the gall to have a “Lincolnesque celebration.” “It’s another building of the Pantheon,” said Beck. Similarly, last night, Sean Hannity and his guest, conservative author Larry Schweikart, said that Obama is trying to steal Lincoln’s identity:
HANNITY: And in Your America tonight, Barack Obama is doing everything he can to convince Americans that he is the rightful inheritor of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.
SCHWEIKART: Lincoln, though, had a war to deal with. Obama doesn’t. Lincoln is known as the great emancipator. If Obama spends money the way he’s planning to, he’ll be known as the great incarcerator because we’re all going to end up in debtor’s prison.
Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.