Obama, a Chicago Democrat who is just the fifth black senator in U.S. history, also raised questions about Lincoln's role in ending slavery.
"I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator," Obama said. "As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African-American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice."
And as for what Lincoln may have thought about Obama's election to the Senate in 2004?
"He may not have dreamed of that exact outcome. But I like to believe he would have appreciated the irony," Obama said.
I wonder if Obama voted against Lincoln in the Greatest American poll?
Had any other presidential candidate won in 1860 besides Lincoln from the new Republican party and this country would be completely different from how it is today - for the worse.
See Gateway Jim, PoliPundit, and Decision08 for more.
ARC: St Wendeler