He does realize Lincoln was assassinated, right?

(Examiner) — At his campaign-style town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa, President Obama compared the criticism he has received from Republicans and other political opponents to the troubles faced by President Abraham Lincoln during the civil war. “Lincoln,” the president said, “they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

The president’s remarks came in response to a question from a woman who said that congressional Republicans are refusing to be a “good partner” to work with the president. “What happens to our democracy?” the woman asked. “We are in a very divided country right now. What can you say to help us with democracy itself?”

Obama told the woman that “democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this.” In addition, he said, “We kind of romanticize sometimes what democracy used to be like.”

“When you listen to what the Federalists said about the Anti-Federalists, and the names that Jefferson called Hamilton and back and forth — I mean those guys were tough,” Obama said. “Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.”

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