Joe Klein: Obama's Team of Rivals

Obama says he wants to hire a Team of Rivals for his Cabinet. He should start by keeping Robert Gates

Illustration for TIME by Stephen Kroninger; Obama: Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg

Barack Obama has never been shy about comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. He did so when he announced his candidacy at the Illinois state capitol, where both he and Lincoln served in the legislature. "The life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible," Obama said. "He tells us that there is power in words ... He tells us that there is power in hope." That was, well, audacious, to say the least — and the comparisons have continued, on issues large and small. But the most important similarity, in Obama's mind,...

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