So often when we see/hear Lincoln portrayed by an actor, Abe comes across as past James Earl Jones, part King Lear. I suppose we have been conditioned to think that the Gettysburg Address came out that November day sounding like the Sermon on the Mount. It is well-documented, however, that Lincoln had a pitch-piteched nasally twang. Daniel Day-Lewis, somewhat defensively, recounts trying to get the sixteenth president’s voice correct.
(Hat tip the Hayfoot)