Just this bit I’ll block quote from Jay Nordlinger.

Lincoln and Bush are two presidents who have a lot in common. We had an unusual Impromptus about that — remember? — last summer, based on the cherished 1952 biography by Benjamin P. Thomas. Here ’tis.

And do you remember this one? After a Lincoln speech, a Democratic editor in Chicago wrote the following: “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.”

That speech, my friends, was the Gettysburg Address.