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Posted at 8:56 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Lincoln impersonator ticketed

(Craig Harmon - AP)

A Lincoln impersonator who tried to recite the Gettysburg Address on the top steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Presidents' Day instead ended up with a $50 ticket, WUSA reports.

After years of having his friends tell him he looked so much like Lincoln, he should play the part, Phill Howell, a 6-foot-4, 26-year-old man with a thick beard decided to do just that. But when he began his recitation he was told by U.S. Park Police he couldn't give his speech at the top of the steps. He moved to a lower level and continued. His friend put out a hat to collect donations, which it turns out, is against the law without a permit. He and his friend were fined $50.

Read more about Phill Howell's Presidents' Day citation at WUSA.

By WUSA  | February 23, 2011; 8:56 AM ET
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Maybe the Park Police should use the same energy to crack down on all the bums that have overrun Lafayette Park and harass people. There is one homeless guy who is shirtless, shoeless, and wears nothing but cut off shorts that expose himself. He also carries a large spear. He looks like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

Posted by: buffysummers | February 23, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

buffysummers - A lot of those "bums" that have "overrun" Lafayette Square are undercover secret service agents. The others could use a little sympathy. How would you like to be shirtless and shoeless this time of year? It could easily be you one day, regardless of what you think you have going for yourself.

Posted by: CalmTruth | February 23, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

We've got a guy at St. E's who thinks he' John Wilkes Booth, maybe he can get a day pass. I'm pretty sure they'll sell him a .44 caliber Derringer in Virginia.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 23, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Uh, what's the problem? He broke the law. Had he just stood there and talked without asking for donations he would have been fine.

Posted by: damnit79 | February 25, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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