The Expectance Of The Three Important Men

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In his 6th year of service, Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, has been following the footprints of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America. It is obvious that Obama has been influenced from Lincoln as a president. In addition to this, they have a lot in common. Their first step was to gain the trust of their citizens and after that; they targeted unity under the name of all for one and one for all. Their target was not only unity but also the equality between every individual. Obama’s speech – ‘Inaugural Address’ is a great evidence of how he follows Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps. It also can be seen from Lincoln’s ‘First Inaugural Address’, ‘Second Inaugural Address’ and ‘The Gettysburg Address’. Although, there are differences between the eras that two presidents have lived, such as Cold War, racism and slavery, the important issue is that, they both struggle for the same problems. Both of them think first about their citizens and nations and yet, can be easily considered as heroes for their citizens. These thoughts can be strengthened with Sarah Song’s text called ‘What Does It Means To Be An American?’ Apart from the presidents, the great thinker of America, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ‘Self Reliance’ is another masterpiece of whom Obama followed, due to the advices that given in Self Reliance. One must not forget that, apart from being the trusted, the citizens also wanted to trust and believe themselves as well. It can be understand especially from Emerson’s text.

Born on 12 February 1809 in Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America at the year of 1860. Abraham Lincoln was an absolute hero and a dedicated president to the republicans. The Cold War was the post important struggle for he and the citizens of America in time of his predisenting. He had faith and hope for the upcoming events in his era about the losses of the Cold War. In his ‘Gettysburg Address’ he defended that the death of the soldiers in Cold War was not be forgotten and not in vain since it gave a birth to a new nation. What they’ve done in Cold War was to sacrifice for their lands in order to gain and provide freedom for the future generation. He also stated that even the words that have been said will perish from this world but the remains that the soldiers and the government had done, will remain. (Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1869, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). According to this statement, President Obama described the struggle with respect to all the citizens and appreciates. ‘They fought and died in places like Concord and Gettysburg, Normandy and Khe Sanh’ ( Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009 Washington D.C). It can be seen what Lincoln had said was true. Moreover, Obama stated that it was faithfulness and the attitudes of the people towards the ideals...

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