Director Steven Spielberg will deliver the keynote address at an observance commemorating the 149th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address."
Park officials in central Pennsylvania noted Tuesday that Spielberg’s remarks will come days after the release of his film "Lincoln," which stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role.
My first reaction to this news was a cynical eye roll, knowing Spielberg has a movie to promote. My second was to remember that many people greeted Lincoln’s speech the same way. As Sarah Vowell reminds us in Assassination Vacation, the now-revered words were conceived as a stump speech on the eve of a tough election year.