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Legend has it that one day, a member of the government criticized President Lincolns attitude towards the enemy. In fact, three of his cabinet members - William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates - were his former rivals for the Republican nomination for president.
"Why are you trying to be friends with them?" They asked, "You should try to destroy them."
Lincoln said mildly, "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"
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