As a Republican President Lincoln was harassed by troubles from within his own party as those of his opponents. Reviled as ‘ourang-outang at the White House or ‘Abolition Emperor’the Civil War as it dragged on found him gloomier by day.
Asked once how he liked being a President he replied:’You heard about the man tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail?
A man in the crowd asked him how he liked it,and his reply was that if it wasn’t for the honor he would much rather walk.’
He is now revered as a homespun hero, as humble as a copper penny and if he could be described in one sentence no one could better the single line from Thomas Gray’s Elegy:’The short and simple annals of the poor.’