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-- -- -- -- -- America tonight Barack Obama is doing everything he can end to convince Americans that he is the rightful inherent -- Of Abraham Lincoln's legacy now with us to discuss the resemblance or lack thereof.
Well is Larry Schwab card he is the author of 48 never lies about American history and professor of hit.
History at the University of Dayton professor thanks bill appreciate it.
-- John -- you know I'd I'd first off the top -- I just remember Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican I guess they see a similarity.
Because Lincoln spent a lot of money and Barack Obama wants to spend a lot of money.
Lincoln now had a war to deal with -- Obama doesn't.
Lincoln is known as the grating -- hater if Obama spends money the way he's planning to he'll be known as the greeting cards to -- could draw gonna end up and get.
-- Fraser net I want to go through some of -- the areas where I think he's trying to convince everybody that maybe I don't know -- the modern day Lincoln but for example he announces candidates candidacy on the steps of the old.
Statehouse in Springfield where where Lincoln was a -- legislator.
The theme of the inauguration is a new birth of freedom inspired by Lincoln's speeches Obama's gonna be sworn into office using Lincoln's Bible.
He's gonna spend three days traveling by train from Philly to Washington.
And identical leg taken by Lincoln and there even an eight Lincoln's favorite foods and Lincoln theme of the inauguration -- mean.
It -- is -- here.
It's very strange you know Lincoln.
Was a -- -- Lincoln represent -- corporate interest he represented railroads and banks.
Obama represented that acorn and community organizing group set.
There there's no similarity there at all Lincoln believed in the constitution.
-- -- Obama didn't mention the constitution one time that I know of during the campaign.
What the other things that -- I've -- pretty interesting is it where would Abraham Lincoln -- -- relates to get well.
Didn't he put aside civil rights and then even shut down -- outlets.
And issues and -- habeas corpus.
As soon as it relates to those issues I think you'd be at a very different so different side on the get -- we -- tell you -- He would be on a totally different side he threw it into jail all sorts of -- editors and newspaper writers.
There were criticizing the war effort -- link didn't believe in winning the war first that was.
His primary objective.
And and if they had a -- then he certainly wouldn't it shut it down.
But let me ask you this because he had he appealed to do you think that what do you think the major differences.
Are and why do you think that Obama is taking on.
You know I guess the the impression that he wants to be -- Obama I think wants to be known as this historic.
Transformative figure a guy who's going to change the nation change history.
The way -- get.
Lincoln had a fundamental grounding in the constitutional principles of liberty things that you do not hear Barack Obama speak about very often.
What -- -- the differences on the economy what would be the differences on national security.
Well Lincoln was to a degree -- big government guy he believes in government railroad subsidies and so forth.
But most of all Lincoln believed in free market principles he believed in the individual.
He thought that the individual should rise -- his level through farming in -- -- ownership.
So it would certainly be opposed to the kinds of but equality.
That Obama has planned force in terms of taxes that are going to bring everybody together on some equal level.
And that's a fundamental difference between the two.
What about team of rivals idea Doris Kearns Goodwin leaving -- spent a little bit too much time.
Putting together a team of rivals -- maybe that was the inspiration for bringing Hillary Clinton on board.
I can't imagine -- his inspiration for bringing Hillary aboard was.
Except that -- she -- her her support -- that it kind of crazy in the I think you'll regret that my.
Well if you -- -- a look back at some of the greatest history.
The greatest speeches in history certainly Lincoln is up there.
Do you think they're trying to raise expectations too high as relates to this this speech on inauguration day.
I doubt that -- in four years of an Obama administration ever hear anything.
That comes anywhere close to Lincoln's life -- -- speech.
Our Gettysburg address or anything like that the media too willing to accept that that Barack Obama has the qualities of a great president I was watching Michael Beschloss or listening to one Imus program.
And he said well he has the highest IQ of any person ever to become president and that when I was pressed them.
They think he started asking I -- what is IQ was after may get a definitive statement is is that sort of like Obama mania syndrome.
-- look at the press is already made up its mind that this guy's gonna be one of the greatest presidents in history.
And it's going to take a little bit of reality to start to convince him otherwise that for the next six straight months that's what we're getting here John I Larry good to see you thank you for being.
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