“The new pilot was hurried to the helm in the midst of a tornado.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, speaking about Abraham Lincolns’ first days in office assessing the secession of South Carolina from the Union.
“He’s an idealist in an age of cynicism, a conciliator at a time of cleaving. He strives to appeal to a dwindling body of better angels in an increasingly bifurcated country. It’s noble and inspirational, but will it be effective?”
-Columnist Charles Blow commenting on Obama’s insistence on temperance in the face of vitriol.