Leader in crisis, politico, father, and husband, the Abraham Lincoln portrayed in the film "Lincoln" was a cunning animal. That instinctive brilliance about exactly what moves to make was concealed under the protective coloring of a genial attitude. Like Ronald Reagan, the character in the movie masked his ambition and strategies with the distancing tactics of compelling stories and a sunny disposition no matter what was going down.
During his first campaign Reagan let voters know it could be morning in America again. Lincoln communicated the same message in a war-battered nation fearful that social values were going to change.