Skip to comments.Obama won't attend remembrance for 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address
Posted on 10/31/2013 7:51:26 PM PDT by chessplayer
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) President Barack Obama will not attend next months event marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania, national park officials said.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will instead represent the administration the Nov. 19 sesquicentennial, officials at Gettysburg National Military Park said Wednesday.
McPherson, a top Civil War historian who won the Pulitzer for Battle Cry of Freedom, said he was surprised by Obamas decision.
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Local law enforcement is breathing a sigh of relief.
Presidential visits are budget-busters.
I bet if there was some type of Stalin commemoration, Obama would be sure to show up there.
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I would not wonder about obamas decision, I'd be grateful for it.
Lincoln was not perfect...but this speech he wrote is.
So short, so very moving.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
O doesn’t like being compared to anyone let alone a great president
Obama has no skin in the game with “the struggle”.
Why should he care?
Good. The evil bastard would only desecrate hallowed ground.
I wonder if its because:
1. Just a buncha crackas died their.
2. Fear that Abe Lincoln’s ghost will kick his ass.
3. No 6 star resorts for his family and entourage to spend a week at.
4. Conflicted with tee time.
It's the Archetype American Event, can't been seen at something like that.
his family fought for the south
no partus law would have made him a free slave owner
Exactly right. It is so moving. You just don’t realize that when you study it in 6th or 7th grade. I wonder if schools make students study it any more or require them to memorize it.