Obama Leans On Lincoln In Preparation For the Presidency

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As Barack Obama prepares to become the country's 44th president, much of his political philosophy seems influenced by the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, who took office as the 16th U.S. president in 1861.

Columbia University historian Eric Foner and Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal discuss what the two leaders have in common — both personally and politically — and the social implications of Obama's modern-day application of Lincoln's ideals.



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