Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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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