From: What Would Lincoln Do? (edited)
Lincoln's humor worked to keep everything in proportion. One of his favorite jokes was about a bold, clever fellow who breaks wind while carving a turkey at a party "so that all the people heard it distinctly." The hero of the joke manages to get the turkey carved in the end.
But the ludicrous situation, with its vulgar twist, served to remind Lincoln and his auditors that life is full of mishaps and embarrassments. No one should be surprised, aggrieved or affronted by this; one must simply carry on, jauntily if possible. This is an important lesson for the many frustrations and crises of politics.