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As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than.
We are not enemies but friends.
Though passion may have strained.
It must not break our bonds of affection.
That was Barack Obama -- We Abraham Lincoln during his victory speech on November 4 since then.
There has been an avalanche of comparisons between the president elect in some historical giants yesterday.
We talked about a Newsweek article comparing Obama had a link in the last -- time magazine ran a cover story.
About the similarities between Obama NF DR it's not just newspapers but also television networks.
That are swept up in what Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz calls -- giddy sense of boost tourism.
He's right over the Obama presidency.
Joining us now is the author of a brand new book pro am looking forward to reading.
Is American lion the editor of Newsweek John -- John good to see if I really look at the -- read this I had my producer -- loves it and I'll look at it it's.
I called Obama mania media.
You guys -- the you know Barack Obama.
America's leader renews America's promises network NBC dvd yes we can the Barack Obama story and the New York Times generation now you're.
-- little overboard here he hasn't really done anything except one the election.
We we certainly could be I think we're celebrating.
We as a country seems to me whatever our politics the moment as much as the man I really do believe that that no matter where you stand.
Given our tangled tragic.
Terrible racial politics that's Fair Isaac Bruce added there's a good moment for America it's a big law firm operates relations -- bridge and probably did what we did last week was it was not saying that Obama was Lincoln but he is very of these -- of a Lincoln obsessive.
And -- studies and there's a great obviously Doris Goodwin's team are rivals would Doris has been a team of rivals until Brandon makes -- we'll -- -- small -- Held by the way it is a media side to that there was a recent columnist who suggested that I should be allowed access -- he would invite.
Opposition yes you know I should be allowed -- to be with the Obama administration is you know what job you want secretary -- and Olazabal I get to -- I get to be Hannity the out top opposition.
The -- without having -- -- day I get access well I -- hell's that work enough.
I'm very well John -- lighting up right -- when -- was made outlook might.
I suspect that he is far more radical the people who you know how I feel about this yeah I think that he -- not been -- I think he's been given a pass.
And I think that there did -- he's got caught up in Obama mania true -- false.
I will have two questions there.
Has he been fully fit is he radical and -- -- the media have been caught up.
Yes I don't think he's radical because I think.
He's run a centrist campaign I think he would I don't know about his background okay -- their two out there to my mind there are two -- there is the Obama of the senate voting record.
Which is a very traditional liberal.
Then there is a centrist a man who ran for the presidency in one the most the biggest majorities is George Herbert Walker Bush.
Which one shows up for work.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You have Rahm Emanuel considered a centrist not a far left radical liberal.
How we now see.
As -- take shape.
Just what his governance would be like perhaps my view and I if I have not drunk the Obama Kuwait despite what -- -- -- my -- -- I didn't say I know.
I think that.
You we probably -- Tennessee pay a centrist administration because.
And this is.
Specialize theory remember Obama is a writer.
He's a storyteller he's a maker of myths is that likely to blunt well what -- and like others like great politicians.
Like Andrew Jackson.
I think he wants the story to end well.
And I believe and I've been criticized for recently I believe we are fundamentally a center right nation c'mon.
I didn't that the legislation would have disprove it I think people stay in I'm not here not his race and education -- -- get a whole range of things we have a democratic president running who does not want a mandate universal health care the rest is commentary.
Well he wants to the one amended and nobody wants to have -- cared about from the government compete with private and insure 47 million people let -- -- -- I just I just think they've even got to grab a centrist administration I don't think I've you know.
This is a great book -- I can't I've just has begun reading and I'm really you know -- got her undergraduate thank you read about innocent -- you have another.
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