Obama recently tried to invoke the Republican spirit of America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, in an attempt to woo Ohio voters. However, his interpretation hardly seems to accurately convey Lincoln's thoughts in context. Via Hands Off Texas:
On Wednesday during a speech in Parma, Ohio, President Obama decided to quote a former President to help justify his policy initiatives:
“But in the words of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, I also believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves”.
I assume he was paraphrasing this actual quote from President Lincoln, but unfortunately he left out the most important part:
“The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.”