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I think that’s it’s safe to say that community organizing is a little bit easier than, say, being President of the United States. Or being a practicing attorney.

Barack Obama has now found that out.

To the sorrow of the rest of us.

And here’s the essential problem with Barack Obama’s resume, as opposed to, say, Abraham Lincoln’s, who also was unprepared to become president of the United States, but made up for it with ability: Obama has spent his whole life being against stuff, protesting against powers higher than himself, blaming those in control.

Lincoln on the other hand showed that he had rare executive ability. He may not have always gotten things done correctly, but he did get things done.

He was a constructive member of his community, and conservative in the sense that he sought to “conserve” liberty; even if his vision of liberty was radical for his time.

“Executive force and vigor are rare qualities,” Lincoln’s Secretary of State, and the man most likely to have been the Republican nominee were it not for Lincoln, William H. Seward, wrote in 1861.“The President is the best of us."

No one would say that about Obama. What he lacks in ability he compensates for in ignorance of the real world with temper tantrums and demands and discord.

That works as a community organizer, but doesn’t work for the man-who-would-be-president.

Lincoln was often let down by the incompetence of those around him, the generals, the politicians and the reformers to whom he had to listen to govern successfully. Obama, on the other hand, continues to let down the generals and the politicians and the reformers -- even those people he’s closely allied with-- in his attempt to govern without them.

Presidents negotiate. Until Obama, all of them have.

Before being sworn into office, Lincoln, in a stop in Cleveland, complained about an “artificial crisis” that was being forced upon him by others:

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John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.