Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Celebrating the Greatest President of All Time: Abe Lincoln

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I wish I loved anything as much

as these people love Lincoln.

I need a hobby now

after I've seen this.

Hey, I'm Dee and we're here in

Freeport, Illinois and

we just got here for the Lincoln

Presenters' Convention.

Now I don't know too much about

Lincoln but I know that there's

going to be like a hundred Lincolns here

en masse, and I want to see what's

up with that.

Look at the Lincoln with the Sketchers, though. He's got Sketchers.

We get together once a year and it's an

opportunity to renew friendships,

to learn what the most recent

research is. We're trying to keep

the legacy of Lincoln alive.

Abraham Lincoln is basically the

most famous American president

of all time.

Presidential experts within the

American Political Science

Association, aka a super smart

group of political science

scholars, ranked him as the

greatest president ever in a

2018 poll.

So we all know that Lincoln

basics.

We know he's a dude on the

penny.

We know he was tall.

My man is iconic.

He's had Daniel Day Lewis

playing him in an Oscar winning

epic.

And we've also seen him hunt down

vampires on the side.

Oh and he helped free the slaves and

gave some poppin ass speeches.

That government of the people, by the

people, for the people shall not

perish from the Earth.

I want to give a toast at the

convention's gala on Saturday.

I'm hoping I can learn enough by

the end of the convention to

give a speech like Lincoln.

Freeport, Illinois was the site

of a super famous debate Lincoln

had with Stephen Douglas and it

feels like not much has happened

since.

Freeport is filled with of a lot of

Lincoln memorabilia.

I'm talking statues, street names,

and storefronts.

I wanted to know what the locals

thought of all this Lincoln

craziness.

When I lived in Florida for

about a year and a half they

don't celebrate Lincoln's

birthday down there which just

seems so odd to me because

growing up in Illinois, you know,

Lincoln is just second nature

here.

How do you feel about that?

That people still want to keep

that history alive? It's been over

150 years.

That's awesome because I mean

it's not like Freeport is on the

map for a lot of things.

It's overkill.

I get it.

He came here.

I get that.

But come into the 21st century,

do stuff that people are really

interested in.

Get us a mall here.

You know, we don't even have a shopping center.

Would you guys ever go

to a convention like this?

Do you want my honest answer?

Absolutely.

No.

People will say, "How come

you're doing Lincoln?"

I said, "Well, look at the face."

Yeah.

I was walking down the high

school hallway,

the student yelled, "Abe!" and I

turned around and I gave him the

raspberry.

So I said, "You don't go in the

hall and you don't disrespect

teachers."

He said, "No disrespect, man.

You always acted like him.

-Now you look like him." -Oh my god.

Group C, we need to get on the bus.

What does it mean to be a

president to you?

We study hard.

We work at being as authentic as

we can in front of our audience.

Lincoln didn't smoke. He didn't

drink.

Those are big shoes to fill.

Those are way too big.

If people see me out boozing it up,

smoking cigars or whatever,

that ruins the image.

Full the fucking beards are real.

There's probably one beard that's fake.

But all the beards are real.

They walk around looking like Lincoln

everyday.

So can you list some qualities

that Lincoln embodied?

Always be truthful. Always choose

right over wrong.

Mary, find your Abe.

I think I'm going to start rocking a bonnet after this.

She was a very intelligent

woman.

She had more education than her

husband.

So she was very helpful to him

in advancing his career.

So I notice you guys have

separate lunches. The ladies'

lunch is here and then they're

holding their own.

Absolutely.

-It's a sisterhood. -Yes! I love it!

That's one thing that Mr. Lincoln didn't have, was an ego.

What are some issues today that

you think we can apply Lincoln's

reasoning and logic to?

Well he certainly wanted to have

discussions and we seem to have

lost the ability to discuss. We

suddenly become angry about

everything and we don't hear what one

another are saying.

I picked you out

at the second inaugural.

What were your thoughts during

that time?

My thoughts was getting into the White House.

Do you think that the

politicians that we have today

or more specifically are-

I'm 1860 to 1864, I don't know who you're talking about.

Ok I'm from the future,

Mr. Lincoln.

I'm still in the past.

so I know when I'm being curved

but I get it.

These guys go hard for the

character.

It made me realize I'm going to

have to take it up a notch to

fit in at the gala.

So I'm going to go to Camelot

Costumes to see Linda.

She's a number one Lincoln

dresser in town.

And, also, it'd be nice to talk to

someone wearing jeans.

So these are some I pulled just

that are time period appropriate.

So here's your

drawers.

Oh my God this is like the 1870

thong.

Yeah, 1860s thong.

Thank you so much.

Let me get into my lingerie.

This is one of my favorite time

periods to put costumes in.

Alright, guys, I'm a little shy,

I'm very scantily clad. I'm not dressed

appropriate right now in my undergarments.

All right.

One problem.

You have the top on backwards.

Oh! That makes sense.

Cause I was like, "How do you do this?"

Oh yeah! That makes so much sense.

Do I have to go in under or just-

Around what time did people stop

-dressing like this? -Early 1900s.

The beginning of the suffragette

-movement. -I can see why the

suffragettes kind of got rid of

all this. I can do eyeliner on the

subway but I can't tie an 18

hundred shoe.

This is like the

quinceañera I never got. I can't breathe

in this dress, though.

So I wanted to slip into

something a little more

presidential.

This is a real frock coat from

the time period.

Really?

Oh my God, I can feel the history on me right now.

This is amazing.

This is Lincoln right here.

This is poppin'. I'm really into this.

I think I put your tie over

here.

Do I look dapper? Even though this is a

three piece suit,

it's way more chill than a

corset.

Plus it's 2018,

and if I want to wear a suit, I'ma

wear a suit.

Now that I'm all decked out, I

still needed to get some last

minute speech tips from one of

the coolest aides at the

convention.

-Cheers. Cheers to that. -Oh my, my, my.

Let's do it.

Ok.

So before you started

impersonating Abraham Lincoln

what were you doing before?

Oh, well, I have been a

construction contractor for 35

years and Lincoln kind of just

appeared one day in that mirror.

And so I think, "Well, this is my

destiny."

That's awesome.

So aside from just looking like

Lincoln, why do you do this? Why

-do you present as him? -The idea

of presenting Mr. Lincoln is

really above and beyond looking

like Mr. Lincoln or acting like

Mr. Lincoln, is presenting Mr.

Lincoln, what he stood for, his

honesty, his integrity, his desire

to do the right thing.

Absolutely.

And if you stand on those

principles, then you're not going

to fall.

Are there any affectations or

ways that I should be

speaking?

Like is there like a little

accent or little tone that I

should give while doing my

toast?

Well make sure that everybody

can hear you and understand

every word that you say.

So I've got to slow it down.

Yes and a little deeper-

And pronounce your words.

And pronounce my words and little

arm thingy used like this.

Oh, yes, slowly.

And looking off into the distance.

Gazing off into the future, the

future is just right behind the

crowd and as they turn and leave

they're walking into the future.

And what's on their mind is the

words that you said tonight.

Ok.

Now, is that enough pressure for you?

No I'm great. I feel good now.

With you here on my side I think

I can do this.

It was our beloved

16th president who said, "Whoever

you are, be a good one."

But just, what the fuck did I

write?

I'm gonna do it off my phone.

All right hold on.

I'm pretty nervous.

And I don't know why I'm never

going to see these people ever

But I'm pretty nervous. You, my

fellow Lincolns, have taught me

just how vital Lincoln, me,

legacy. Okay I'll do that again.

I could do this. I'll figure it out.

-Hello. -President, It was my honor serving for you.

It was my honor that you served

for me.

Thank you so much for serving

this country.

Our brothers and sisters

-appreciate you. -Thank you very much.

It was my pleasure.

Thank you.

Good evening.

Good evening.

I was not ready for that.

I will be completely honest with

I wasn't ready for that.

But you know what I think I

handled it like a champ, like the

16th President of the United

States.

Hello sir.

I'm like I don't know if I should

go into the men's room.

We are ready for your

toast,

-Thank you. -Lincoln.

I will be there in just foursquare.

Ok.

I'm just most nervous about

I just want to make sure that

these people don't think that I'm

trolling them.

This is what they live for.

And this is something that means

a lot to them.

I think I'm going to go forth

and just be the best Lincoln I

Ladies and gentlemen, we have an

announcement from our own special

Abraham Lincoln.

Good evening, everyone.

Hello.

It was our beloved 16th

president,

me, and us, who said, "Whatever you

are be a good one."

And I can truly say that on my

today that this convention I've

seen not just good Abraham and

Mary Lincolns, but phenomenal ones.

You, my fellow Lincolns, have

taught me being presidential

means to be honest, to be kind

and to have our country's best

interests at heart.

So to the Marys, may your strength and

style bring forth generations of

female leaders to come and to

Abes,

may your honesty and your

empathy inspire a future America

that we can all be proud of.

At first I didn't realize why

anybody would want to come to

one of these things, but I can

see that with this community

everyone is super into each

other, they're into preserving

the history, and they're kind of

like family members.

We are using the same stories and telling

them in a different way.

Thank you.

So that's wonderful.

Oh my god, I'm so happy that you liked it.

Can I hug you?

Yes, of course!

So my two days at the convention

felt a little like a Lincoln

class trip.

Personally, I'd rather be in

Miami for the weekend but, hey,

it's what the presenters like to

Some people might say this bunch

is stuck in the past, but in a

time where people's hobbies

include trolling on the Gram, it's

cool to see a group of people

come together and apply the same

energy to something they love.

You lead, you lead.

I'll lead.

They got a little historical comic con going where

they honor honesty and debate.

Maybe for the next one they

should invite number Forty Five.

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