Fellow Countrymen:

At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

Question: Why does Lincoln say there is less occasion for an extended address?

a) the war is going well

b) there is no time to speak at length

c) there is little interest in his speech

d) he doesn't know what else to say

e) everyone already knows his position

The answer is e. But I don't get it, I think it should be d or c
BellyBut I don't get it, I think it should be d or c
That's a very interesting way of looking at it. I don't think there are many who read it who would come to those conclusions. Can you say which words and phrases in the given passage lead you to think that people are not interested in what he has to say? Or to think that he doesn't know what to say?
He mentions that many details of his position have been made known publicly during the course of the first four years of his presidency, so it appears to me that anyone who was paying attention to these public announcements would already know all about it, and that he believes the same thing.

As President Harrison discovered, to his detriment.
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d and b, not c, I'm sorry

I assure you that the President can take as much time as he wants to deliver his inaugural speech. Emotion: smile
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Yes! But I thought I'd spare Belly the cautionary tale. Emotion: smile