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Friday, November 16, 2012

What Pres. Obama Learns From Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis, center, as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s drama “Lincoln.” “(Disney-DreamWorks II)

Steven Speilberg’s new film “Lincoln” focuses on one great legislative battle in the midst of the Civil War: President Lincoln’s successful effort to to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.

The film is based on parts of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s 2005 bestseller, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

Yesterday, President Barack Obama held a private screening of the film in the White House. Goodwin has advised President Obama, and her book is among many books on Lincoln that the President has read with interest.

So what lessons does the Lincoln presidency hold for President Obama and for U.S. politics today?

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