Taylor Swift and All 5 Living Presidents Recite Gettysburg Address

By Nicki Rossoll

Nov 13, 2013 6:00am

“Four Score and Seven Years Ago …” were words immortalized by President Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863.

Now many of today’s most famous faces have brought those words back to life.

In a new video, acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns unites all five living presidents, Taylor Swift, Uma Thurman, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Roberts, Nancy Pelosi and a slew of other politicians and media personalities to recite those historic words, just as Abraham Lincoln did 150 years ago.

The minute and 46 second video is part of the Learn the Address project, a new initiative  started by Burns  to “encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.”

The Learn the Address initiative doesn’t stop with these famous faces, though. Its goal is to inspire people across the country to learn the Gettysburg Address, just in time for its 150th anniversary.

Learn the Address isn’t the only project set to honor Lincoln’s historic address. On Nov. 19, the day of the anniversary, a commemorative ceremony will be held at Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

President Obama was invited to the event, but the White House is instead sending Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, a decision that does not sit well in the Keystone State, which went for Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

When asked about the president skipping the 150th anniversary ceremony, press secretary Jay Carney said, “I think that is an enormously significant event in our history, and I think Americans will take the appropriate time to consider the speech that was delivered there. I would simply say that I have no updates on the president’s schedule.”

 

 

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