From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
There was a long pause after Lincoln first read the original draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet; they were understandably silenced on hearing what was arguably the most profound, astounding document to issue from any presidential administration, before or since. Then eventually someone broke the silence with a suggested change. True to form, Lincoln came up with one of his signature stories. He said, 'Gentlemen, this reminds me of the story of the farmer who had been away from home for some days, and when he was coming back was met by one of his farm hands who greeted him after this fashion: “Master, the little pigs is all dead.” And, after a pause, “Oh, and the old sow's dead too, but I didn't like to tell you all at once.”'
'Get loose and stay loose.'