About Abraham Lincoln, historian David Herbert Donald writes: “Abraham’s pulling away from his father was something more significant than a teenage rebellion. Abraham had made a quiet reassessment of the life that (his father) Thomas lived. He kept his judgment to himself, but years later it crept into his scornful statements that his father ‘grew up, literally without education,’ that he ‘never did more in the way of writing than to bunglingly sign his own name,’ and that he chose to settle in a region where ‘there was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education.’ To Abraham Lincoln that was a damning verdict. In all of his published writings, and, indeed, even in reports of hundreds of stories and conversations, he had not one favorable word to say about his father.”
About John F. Kennedy’s relationship with family patriarch Joseph, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says: “There was no way (Jack) thought he could be what Joe. Jr. had been to his father. So the two of them circled around each other, I think for years, with Jack wanting to satisfy some need of the father’s, the father wishing Jack could satisfy it but the father never could see Jack at that point as a politician.”
Critics blasted Republican former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain for seeking — and then repudiating — the endorsement of a controversial Texas televangelist even though the Rev. John Hagee had never been McCain’s personal pastor, let alone for 20 years.
But one “injects race” by asking simple questions about Obama and Wright. It is no stretch to argue that Wright’s view of economics — that America became successful not because of its founding principles but by exploiting the weak — reflects Obama’s own economic worldview.
Four years ago when Wright belatedly erupted as a possible campaign-ending scandal, Obama called his relationship with his then-pastor “a legitimate political issue.” And Fox News’ Chris Wallace recently said that in retrospect “McCain was crazy” not to use this issue.
What, the statute of limitations has run out?
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