“To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.” So declares Learn the Address, a new website just launched by Burns et al to house recordings that are a part of the project.
Somehow I suspect that few will top the one below, by Stephen Colbert.
Even the one by fellow funnyman Louis C.K. pales in comparison. Of course, impersonating Abraham Lincoln may have felt a little old-hat to C.K.
The newest video is an All-Star rendition that features several former U.S. presidents, one current U.S. president, and Taylor Swift (plus a few others).
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