Lincoln's laughter, joking, and storytelling erode the confidence of his colleagues. Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase and his ambitious daughter Kate embark on an underhanded attempt to undermine Abraham Lincoln's 1864 reelection bid.
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Salmon P. Chase
I feel it's unfortunately true that his habit of continually joking has deeply affected his image with the people. Mr. Cooke, I can't tell you how exasperating it is when I am trying to focus discussion on some serious national problem to have the president interrupt with some grotesque story! It's no wonder the people have lost respect for him.