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For President's Day: H.L. Mencken on the Gettysburg Address SAINT LOUIS CATHOLIC - February 20, 2017 Since today is President's Day, which began as a celebration of King Lincoln's birthday, I submit this H.L. Mencken commentary on his most famous speech: Like William Jennings Bryan, he was a dark horse made suddenly formidable by fortunate rhetoric. The Douglas debate launched him, and the Cooper Union Speech got him the Presidency. His talent for emotional utterance was an accomplishment of late growth. His early speeches were mere empty ...http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2017/02/for-presidents-day-hl-mencken-on.html