Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

by Daniel Russ on September 12, 2009

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

“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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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“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.

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