America's Love for Republican Lincoln Stronger Than Ever

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 01:55 PM

By Martin Gould

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
America's Love for Abraham Lincoln — the iconic leader of the Republican Party — is stronger than ever.

The 16th president is popping up everywhere — he's on the front cover of magazines, he tops popularity polls, and he's even the hero of a new blockbuster movie.

Americans just can't get enough of him.

Urgent Poll: Who Won the Presidential Debates? Vote Here!

And that's bad news for Barack Obama — it’s not him the country is talking about on the eve of a major election. Instead, it’s Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, the Great Emancipator — and if you take one totally unscientific poll — the Best Babysitter.

Lincoln has already been the subject of two movies this year. And while “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” did not exactly set the box office alight, and "Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies" disappeared without trace, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” with two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role and Sally Field as his first lady is expected to fare much better when it hits theaters next month.

Such is Lincoln’s hold over the American psyche that Spielberg allegedly insisted the movie had to come out after the election so as not to allow either side to score political points in the campaign.

And Lincoln-mania continues as the 150th anniversary of his assassination nears. The History Channel found that most Americans want him in the White House rather than Obama or Mitt Romney.

The History Channel poll, done for its series, "Mankind: The Story of Us All," gave Lincoln 67 percent of the vote of historical figures, way ahead of two people who wouldn’t even have qualified as they weren’t Americans — Winston Churchill with 15 percent and Alexander the Great on 8 percent.

Both Time and Newsweek have featured Lincoln in recent weeks, with Time asking “What Would Lincoln Do?” if he were in the 2012 election on its cover.

Writing in Newsweek, Sidney Blumenthal, clearly referencing the politics of today, said, “Lincoln’s presidency demonstrates that partisanship and political ruthlessness can be used to advance the highest ideals.”

Urgent Poll: Who Won the Presidential Debates? Vote Here!

In New York, artist Krzysztof Wodiczko is even bringing Lincoln to life with a video projection on to the president’s statue in Union Square.

And what was that about babysitting? National Public Radio asked five historians which president would have been best to stay home with the kids. Lincoln won out with two votes — ahead of George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton who received one vote each.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Google to Collect Data on the Human Body

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 11:59 AM

Computer search engine giant Google is the latest high-tech company to launch inroads into the health field with a new m . . .

States Worry Price of Hepatitis C Drug Could Break the Bank

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 11:26 AM

A new breakthrough drug for treatment of hepatitis C is raising concerns among state Medicaid officials that despite its . . .

Zuckerberg Wealthier Than Google's Brin, Page

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 10:04 AM

Mark Zuckerberg is now richer than Google Inc. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.The Facebook Inc. chairman added $ . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved