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Today’s Amazing Fact: Lincoln Lays an Egg

August 21, 2012

We may think of the Gettysburg Address as one of America’s greatest speeches, but not everyone who heard it agreed. In fact, the speech’s biggest critic was Abraham Lincoln himself, according to Bill Bryson’s Made in America:

“Lincoln thought it a failure. ‘I failed: I failed: and that is about all that can be said about it,’ he remarked forlornly. Many agreed with him. The Chicago Times wrote: ‘The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States.'”

How times have changed.

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