Would modern voters have elected Abraham Lincoln?

04/16/2012 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

Abraham Lincoln would have struggled to win an election today, his biographers say. The president refused to feign a love of hunting, had no interest in frontier culture, was overtly intellectual, flip-flopped constantly and liked to make self-deprecating jokes. "That ability to laugh at yourself ... means taking the world seriously, but not taking yourself so seriously at every moment," says presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. "It is in such short supply in our campaigns."

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