Just some thoughts:
“He’s a jester, a joke incarnated, his election a very sorry joke, and the idea that such a man as he should be President of such a country as this is a ridiculous joke.”
“His anatomy is composed mostly of bones, and when walking he resembles the offspring of a happy marriage between a derrick and a windmill. When speaking he reminds one of the old signal-telegraph that used to stand on Staten Island. His head is shaped something like a rutabaga, and his complexion is that of a Saratoga trunk. His hands and feet are plenty large enough, and in society he has the air of having too many of them. The glove-makers have not yet had time to construct gloves that will fit him. In his habits he is by no means foppish, though he brushes his hair sometimes, and is said to wash. He swears fluently. A strict temperance man himself, he does not object to another man’s being pretty drunk, especially when he is about to make a bargain with him. He is fond of fried liver and onions and is a member of the church. He can hardly be called handsome, though he is certainly much better looking since he had the small-pox.”
Abraham Lincoln–The Prairie Years and the War Years–Carl Sandburg
Thus said of the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln.
October 16, 2018
Posted November 3, 2018