LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire (CNN) – At a picturesque New England setting, perched close to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, was asked by New Hampshire voters which former president he admired the most and why.
“I suppose I’m biased because I’m from Illinois, but there’s a tall skinny guy who the Washington folks didn’t think had much experience, who had served in the state legislature there, and then a couple years in Congress before taking on the presidency who did pretty well. I am a great admirer of [Abraham] Lincoln,” Obama told the group.
While acknowledging Lincoln was “very much a politician,” the presidential hopeful noted, “he is somebody who had the capacity to draw on the best of the American people and to see the good or at least the points of view of the whole country and that didn’t make him paralyzed.”
Obama called Lincoln’s integrity, empathy and honesty rare qualities in today’s leaders.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla