For some time now, several pundits have suggested that Barack Obama is the modern day equivalent of President Abraham Lincoln. I've never seen any similarities other than that they were both lawyers and started their political careers in the state of Illinois.
Sarah Palin's introduction into the political race provides a more interesting comparison with Lincoln. Here are some compelling similarities:
- Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. Sarah Palin was born on February 11, 1964.
- Both was born & raised in what was/is the hinterland of America at the time.
- Both are adamant mavericks, determined to do what they feel is right, no matter if that ruffles the feathers of even their own party.
- Lincoln was a true frontiersman who grew up in small towns.