“I want to thank you for being the toughest leader any country could ask for in the toughest times any president has ever faced.”Hello?! Hasn't he ever heard of the Civil War? Great Depression? World War II?
These guys are so impressed with themselves that they can't even fathom that any president ever accomplished more or faced more difficult challenges. And the President claims to be a Lincoln fan and Emanuel is supposed to be a citizen of Illinois - can't he remember the greatest son Illinois ever produced? He's just giving us a twofer: demonstrating his own egotism as well as his historical ignorance.
I'm sorry Abraham Lincoln's presidency retired the prize for tough times.