Barack Obama, like Abraham Lincoln, started his campaign on the steps of the Old Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. Since that time, he has invoked Lincolnian symbolism many times. For example he will ride to his inauguration by train, following Lincoln's route. He will use the same bible that Lincoln held as he took the oath of office. And he has described his Cabinet as a "team of rivals," a reference to one author's portrayal of Lincoln's Cabinet. [Editor's Note: See what some academic historians think of the "team of rivals concept. It's not pretty.]
If that were not enough Lincolnism for you, Jake Tapper's blog reports that on Inauguration Day, Obama will dine like Lincoln. The luncheon will consist of modern takes on some of Abe and Mary Todd's favorite foods. Check it out here: Obama Will Eat Like Lincoln on Inauguration Day.
Is this getting creepy to anyone else? Well, now more than ever, I guess progressives should assume the role of Abolitionists and Radical Republicans.
For a substantive discussion of Obama's Lincoln symbolism that focuses on policy and political change, see: If Obama Emulates Lincoln, Will Progressives Follow Abolitionists and Radical Republicans?
UPDATE: The Obamas toured Washington, DC today and visited a monument that honors a famous president. Can you guess which one? Here's the answer.