Former Lincoln library director explains Obama-Lincoln connection

From the Rockford Register Star:

The former director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said Wednesday he has been asked many times, “What can President-elect Barack Obama learn from Lincoln.” Richard Norton Smith said the question should continue, “What has Obama already learned from Lincoln?”….

Smith was in Galesburg, leading a tour of about 30 people from across the nation, to see the school’s “Looking for Lincoln” exhibit and hear a presentation by Doug Wilson, co-director with Rodney Davis of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox.

The nationally known historian discussed the president-elect in a conference room while Wilson spoke in the Alumni Room of Old Main. There has been much discussion of similarities between Obama and Lincoln. Smith was asked if Obama brought to mind any other president during the just-concluded campaign, but he clearly feels Lincoln, the 16th president, and Obama, who will be the 44th, have much in common and that is what he wanted to discuss.