facetious pettifogger
On the Anniversary of his Presidential Campaign Announcement, the President Delivers Remarks to the…
The Obama White House

Here’s the story behind this odd turn of phrase, according to the Civil War Trust. “It was the declaration of the Salem Advocate, a newspaper printed in Lincoln’s home ground of central Illinois. The Advocate had plenty of company among Northern opinion makers.” LINK: http://www.civilwar.org/hallowed-ground-magazine/unpopular-mr-lincoln.html

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