After a speech by the former President, the Chicago Times printed this tacky comment:
The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the filly, flat, and dishwatery utterances of a man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States.
Another paper was more dismissive:
We pass over the silly remarks of the President; for the credit of the nation, we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of.
The President, by the way, was Abraham Lincoln. The speech was the Gettysburg Address.