Obama launched his presidential bid two years ago from Springfield, the state capital where Lincoln served eight years in the Illinois Legislature. Ever since, the president-elect has quoted and referenced Lincoln in speeches and interviews and he continues to stir the pot with the announcement that he will be the first president sworn in using the same Bible Lincoln did to take the oath of office.
But besides the Illinois roots and the skinny frames they share, how similar is Obama to Lincoln? Here's a list of comparisons:
Stat Lincoln Obama
Birthplace Hodgenville, Ky. Honoululu, Hawaii
Height: 6'4" 6'1.5"
Pre-Election Speech: Cooper Union Address Berlin Speech
Inauguration year: 1861, 16th president 2009, 44th president
Route to Washington: Amtrak from Philly to D.C. Same
Taking Oath on: Oxford University Press Bible Lincoln's Bible
Justice Delivering Oath: Roger B. Taney John Roberts Jr.
Previous office held: Illinois House of Representatives Illinois state Senate
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate
Primary challenge: Abolishing slavery Restoring U.S. economy