Now there is something on PBS about the Civil War. About every three minutes the narrator mentions that Ulysses Grant was an alcoholic. They regularly mention his limited academic and political skills.
Hmm. I think the point is "overcoming adversity," but I'm not really sure since I haven't been paying attention.
update: I think the point is Grant and his substances. Now it's all about his habit of smoking up to twenty cigars per day. This is just so strange, yet I can't look away.