Monday, December 1, 2008

You've Got To Be Able To Understand What Great Art Is To Know "We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For" Ain't Considered Great Art

"It's possible that he may create something that future generations see as equal to Gettysburg or the first inaugural. I myself don't think that's going to happen. I think he's greatly talented with language, but he's not a genius. He doesn't have Lincoln's capacity to put words together in a way that resonates with literary and poetic power.

Obama can give an ordinary Obama performance and can seem like he is reaching the heavens, which is not to downgrade Obama's effectiveness as speaker and writer; he just gets an extra boost because he is playing in an arena where the bar has been very low,..."

-- Fred Kaplan, author of "Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer," explaining why this fool don't fool me (as much as other fools got fooled) on

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  1. Fred Kaplan will join me at 5 PM New York Time Monday December 22 on News Talk Online on to discuss his book and the comparisons being made between Lincoln and Obama.

    To talk to him please go to and click on the Join The Show link.