The Obama administration on Friday ramped up its campaign to paint an ominous portrait of what would happen if automatic spending cuts take effect March 1, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warning that air traffic control towers would be shut down as part of a host of travel-disrupting FAA cuts.

After a week marked by intense partisan bickering, LaHood again put the pressure on Republicans to find a way out of the impasse — even going so far as to compare President Obama to Abraham Lincoln.

“Go see the movie ‘Lincoln’,” LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He said Lincoln brought people together in “the way I believe President Obama is doing.”

The mood in Washington, though, is hardly one of consensus. And Republicans — who would surely dispute the comparison — have blasted Obama for his leadership on the issue, effectively saying he’s putting on a show to pin blame on the GOP.