And now please welcome President Abraham Lincoln.
Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I
press this button here? Function-F7?
No, that's not right. Hmmm. Maybe I'll have to reboot. Hold on a minute.
Um, my name is Abe Lincoln and I'm your president. While we're waiting, I want to thank Judge David Wills,
chairman of the committee supervising the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery.
It's great to be here, Dave, and you and the committee are doing a great
job. Gee, sometimes this new technology does have
glitches, but we couldn't live without it, could we? Oh - is it ready? OK, here we go:
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Table of Contents Gettysburg Cemetery Dedication
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