Do you know what they used to say about President Lincoln? It was not pretty.
Let's put it in proper historical context. There were very strong feelings during the Civil War.
In other words, it was not easy being president during that terrible conflict that saw citizens fighting their fellow citizens. There were some very bad moments for President Lincoln, from the constant casualties to the summer of 1864 when few predicted his reelection.
Doug Ross has a neat blog. I just saw this post several years ago: The more things change, the more things stay the same (Civil War Edition)