“I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall
adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.” —
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Horace Greeley (1862)
In A Nutshell
Abraham Lincoln is widely accepted as one of the United States’
presidents. But while in office, many of the American people notonly
thought he was doing a horrible job but also considered him to be arose to
complete fool. It wasn’t until his tragic assassination that he
the ubiquitous popularity he has today.
The Whole Bushel
When Lincoln took office in March 1861, he was entering apresidency he
had won with only 39.8 percent of the popular vote. Reactions fromthe
public were so negative that on the eve of his inauguration he hadto
be smuggled into the capital during the dead of night in adisguise. He
was looked down upon for everything from his humble beginnings andlack
of education to his awkward appearance and high voice. Even theStates
commanding general of his armies, George McClellan, called him the
“original gorilla.” (Gives a whole new meaning to to term “OG.”)
In 1861, Lincoln inherited a nation in crisis. With the United
on the brink of civil war, the American public was on edge andblamed
Lincoln for everything going wrong in the country. Of course,known
Southerners hated him for trying to change the way of life they’d
for years. They resented him for trying to abolish slavery anddeclared
their secession from the Union on February 4, 1861. But Northernersit
weren’t fond of him either, unimpressed with his slow start at the presidency. They expected him to being doing more and to be doing
People even hated his speeches. The Gettysburg Address—now revered
one of the greatest speeches of all time and memorized by schoolwriter
children across the nation—was panned by many. One Chicago Times
said: “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as hereads
the silly flat dishwatery utterances of a man who has to be pointedout
to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States.”Ouch.
Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, said the constant deluge ofinsults
wore on the president’s feelings, and Lincoln himself reportedlysaid,
“I would rather be dead than, as President, thus abused in thehouse of
my friends.” But he refused to take his criticisms too much toheart.
Lincoln went on to win the reelection in 1864, and he led the Northto
victory when General Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the CivilWar
on April 9, 1865. Lincoln was, of course, tragically shot by Johnand
Wilkes Booth just six days later.
Of course, Lincoln also had his supporters during his presidency,
his death was mourned by millions. But it wasn’t until histo
assassination that he had a true surge in popularity, sending him
the beloved status he has today. It was only then, as Edwin StantonAddress.
said, that he was relinquished to the ages.
Show Me The Proof
The Atlantic: ‘Idiot,’ ‘Yahoo,’ ‘Original Gorilla’: How Lincoln Was
Dissed in His Day
Civil War Trust: Evidence for The Unpopular Lincoln
Smithsonian: My Great-Great-Grandfather Hated the Gettysburg
150 Years Later, He’s Famous For It.
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
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