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VIDEO: Preview of Steven Spielberg’s Remarks on Gettysburg Address Anniversary


This morning, driving up the John Marshall Highway toward Loudoun County, I listened to “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg’s speech Monday at Gettysburg.

I’m eager to listen to them again, but think his remarks were earnest, sparkling, soulful — and give all of us much food for thought.

One tiny soundbite:

“These citizen-soldiers died testing [the] proposition that democracy can work, not in the hands of angels … but in the sometimes clumsy, sometimes bloody, error-prone hands of the ordinary people we are.”

C-SPAN3′s American History TV posted this 2-minute clip this afternoon. Spielberg spoke for about 13 minutes.

On Thursday, Nov. 22, the full program from the 149th anniversary commemoration of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will air at 8 a.m. & 8 p.m. ET on C-SPAN3. More info: