Originally Posted by ucanefan
Would he have rather lived out his term and gone down as 'just' a great president ..
As much as I critique Lincoln the president, and I always will and I don't
see my opinion of him changing, he is still a top five president of mine.
I see Lincoln through a different prism than 99.9% of the board here, so
here' my honest thinking on the question.
Lincoln, like any human, had an ego ,otherwise he never would have wanted
to get so involved in politics and would have never wanted to be president.
He would have wanted to be remembered for doing his job and fondly remembered.
Wanting to be president is a sure sign that you think you're a tad brighter
and have a better vision than the next guy.
I can see Lincoln being proud of his wartime accomplishment of holding the
nation together despite almost a million people having to die. Once serving
two terms in office and stepping down, I can easily see Reconstruction not
ending up the way he planned it and his being confused by that.
He probably would have squirmed at how Reconstruction went, but would have stepped back and go on that European vacation he planned on taking.
Once out of office, I can see him not wanting
to attack the new president's plans and would have been happy to get away
from politics and fame for awhile.
But, here's another question for the thread: "Would Lincoln have ran for a third term?"