When Mr. Lincoln put his foot in his mouth!

Lincoln: "Whew! our cat has a long tail tonight."

Lincoln: "Whew! our cat has a long tail tonight."

Lincoln is known for his wisdom and way with words. But he was also a husband to Mary Todd. Like all husbands, his words got him into trouble at times with the “little woman.” One such occasion occurred as the Lincolns were dressing in preparation for a gala evening in the White House hosted by the Lincolns.  It was 1862. The event was by invitation only and was considered the event of the season. Unfortunately for Abraham and Mary, their son Willie had taken ill. They were extremely concerned, but Dr. Stone had been called in to examine the boy and proclaimed that he was in no immediate threat of dying.
The party was on! Mr. Lincoln had finished dressing and was waiting on Mary so that they could make their “grand entrance” to the guests. Mary had an elaborate and expensive white satin dress made just for the evening. The train of the dress was very long. She must have been very proud of the dress and hoped that not only her husband but the guest would marvel at her taste and decor. Mr. Lincoln had been studying Mary in that dress. Here’s where things began to go wrong for him. He remarked:
“Whew! our cat has a long tail tonight.”  (a comment on the long train of the dress).
 
No reply to that comment from Mrs. Lincoln.
Still more words from Abraham:
“Mother, it is my opinion, if some of that tail was nearer the head, it would be in better style.”
 
Mary Lincoln didn’t say a word but offered her displeased look. You husbands know that look. She then grabbed her husband’s arm and down the stairs they went to the reception.
It’s not known if Mary ever revisited that comment made by her husband-probably not-since Willie died a short time afterward.
Mr. Lincoln you got lucky that night because you sure put your foot in your mouth that time!
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