Barack Obama, as we all know by now, is quite fond of summoning up the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. That’s why it was such a surprise when the presidential predecessor Obama decided to invoke in his inaugural address was not “Honest Abe” but the fellow who (as lore has it) could not tell a lie about chopping down a cherry tree. But our new president isn’t the only one conjuring the spirits of the American Cincinnatus and the Great Emancipator for elevated purposes:
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that the script for the video was written by Nick Weiss, the brother of Forward staff writer Anthony Weiss. Nick Weiss also provides the voice of Lincoln.