I was just reading William Lee Miller’s review of David Herbert Donald’s We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends when I came across the following delightful anecdote:
[Donald] likes to imagine, and I do too, an incident, possibly apocryphal, when this president and his secretary of state [William Henry Seward] were strolling down Pennsylvania Avenue. The president pointed to a sign saying ”T. R. Strong,” and wisecracked, ”but coffee are stronger,” and the two collapsed in laughter.
I like a man with a weakness for bad puns.