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“60 Minutes,” the conversation turned to the president-elect’s long-time love of Lincoln.
“There is a wisdom there,” Obama told interviewer Steve Kroft, “and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful.”
Right there I am reminded of W who, with his misplacement of the word “humility” (a “humble foreign policy) created a family joke with us: “I am humbler than you, so there!” Apparently the effect was not lost here either:
Humility? Obama’s frequent invocations of Abraham Lincoln — a man enshrined in myth and marble with his own temple on the National Mall — would not at first blush say much about his own instincts for modesty or self-effacement.
and not just Politico
And now there are early rumblings of a backlash to Obama’s ostentatious embrace of all things Lincoln, with his not-so-subtle invitations to compare the 44th president to the 16th, the “Savior of the Union.”
Eric Foner, a Columbia historian who has written extensively on the Civil War era, agreed that comparing one’s self to Lincoln sets a rather high bar for success, and could come off like “a certain kind of hubris.”
“It’d be a bit like a basketball player turning up before his first game and saying, ‘I’m kind of modeling myself on Michael Jordan,'”
And it is sean Wilenz who diagnoses properly this particular choice of model:
But according to Wilentz, Lincoln is also a convenient political symbol for Obama to wield because Americans of all ideological stripes can find something to admire in him.
the flurry of fundraising e-mails has some subscribers pleading for a break from the solicitations and has raised questions about whether Obama has figured out how to harness the power of his online network once in the White House.
Some of the reactions
Mimi Swartz, a journalist and Obama supporter, in a blog post titled “Yes, We Spam!” compared Plouffe’s continued appearances in her inbox to “a boyfriend I broke up with who keeps trying to be friends. He keeps writing. And writing.”
Plus it’s “culturally tone deaf” to keep up the fundraising flurry while people are coping with “foreclosure, job loss and no medical insurance,” suggested Stephanie Salter in a column in the Terre Haute, Ind., Tribune-Star.
There are plans on how to use those people
There are some tricky legal questions about what Obama can do with his e-mail list after he’s sworn in as president and those behind his Web juggernaut concede they’re still formulating just how Obama will use the Internet from the White House. So far, though, they have remained tight-lipped about their plans.
all we know is
But during a panel discussion this month, Obama’s Internet director, Joe Rospars, predicted his boss’s official online communications would become “more systematized once in government.”
And it seems that even B0bots get the blues
There is some early evidence, perhaps predictably, of donor fatigue.
In the 18 days after the election, Obama’s campaign reported receiving $1.2 million from 4,200 itemized contributions, while the DNC pulled in $1.7 million from 3,100 itemized donations — both trickles, compared with the flood-like velocity of campaign fundraising.
But then again, we know that the small donor base was a myth
In fact, Obama’s base of small donors was almost exactly the same percent as George W. Bush‘s in 2004 — Obama had 26% and the great Republican satan 25%. Obviously, this is unacceptable to current popular thinking.
So, unless they can keep on roaster those anonymous donors, which were never disclosed, they should reasses their goals. After all we just had a glimpse of how many B0bots really are