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President a No Show at Gettysburg -- Thank Goodness!
Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 11/07/2013 12:43:21 PM PST by Kaslin

President Obama will not attend ceremonies at Gettysburg later this month marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's immortal address. Thank goodness! Mr. Obama has been getting few kudos of late. His Gallup approval rating has slipped into the thirties. But in this, we can applaud his action.

It is entirely fitting and proper that he should do this. First of all, consider the expense. Mr. Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg in 1863 by rail. He took Ward Hill Lamon, a U.S. Marshal, with him. Mr. Obama would have to go by caravan with with hundreds of staffers. Just think of the gas.

Second, consider the distraction. Mr. Obama has been busy selling ObamaCare and working "24/7" on the next rollout of the Healthcare.gov website. Lincoln had that matter of Lee's army to contend with, but he had no idea of the burdens that fall to our modern presidents. The president will be laboring to assure that the November 30th deadline for a fully functional website is met.

Third, what would he say at Gettysburg? Mr. Lincoln managed to stay "on message" for all 272 words of his address. And he did this all without a teleprompter. President Obama would be strongly urged not to read out any 1-800 toll-free numbers. So what would he say?

How about: "That this government over the people, by Sebelius at HHS, under the Mandate shall not perish from the earth?" Doesn't quite have that Lincolnian ring, does it?

Now, it's not like Mr. Obama doesn't have competent help. He took five hundred staffers to London with him in 2009, including six doctors and four speech writers.

At that time, his car was flown to Britain ahead of the presidential party, as London's Evening Standard reported:

The driver of the presidential limo - Cadillac One - arrived last week to familiarise himself with driving on the left. The £300,000 rocket and bullet-proof car was flown to the UK by a US Air Force transport plane.

I wonder if he liked those six doctors. Did he get to keep them?

I remember the president bowing before the Saudi king at that G-20 Summit in London, but I'm having trouble remembering what he actually said there.

Can anyone jog my memory? With four speech writers, it should have been something special. My guess is that none of those who attended that London Summit can remember what President Obama said there. I doubt that any of the 500 staffers can remember, either.

The driver of the presidential limousine must have remembered to drive on the left, but he probably couldn't tell you what his VIP in the back seat said there.

Here's the hard part. Ask any of the four speech writers what Mr. Obama said in London.

Ask the president himself.

Well, Mr. Lincoln had a way with words. Honest Abe went to Gettysburg and humbly took second billing to the famous orator, Edward Everett, who was the featured speaker on that November 19, 1963. Everett later had the good grace to write the president: "I should like to flatter myself that I came as close to the central meaning of the event in two hours as you did in two minutes."

If Barack Obama had agreed to show up at the Sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address, the comparisons might not have been favorable. One of Lincoln's lines might have been quoted: "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here."

And, too, there might have been other embarrassing incidents at Gettysburg. Suppose President Obama were to be greeted by folks who have had their health insurance canceled as a result of ObamaCare. They might have carried signs saying:

Welcome, Honest Barack!

Maybe that's why he's staying home.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; 150thanniversary; abrahamlincoln; barack0bama; gettysburg; obamanoshow; sesquicentennial; snub

1 posted on 11/07/2013 12:43:21 PM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 11/07/2013 12:44:40 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kaslin

Why would anyone complain about him being a no-show for anything?


3 posted on 11/07/2013 12:46:19 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Kaslin

Good, he is not worthy to tread on that hallowed ground.


4 posted on 11/07/2013 12:51:12 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Kaslin

“Fourscore and seventy scandals ago, our fathers brought forth on this nation........................


5 posted on 11/07/2013 12:57:52 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Frankly, I’d love to see him show up at some open event (no hand picked audience). He won’t - his handlers will probably come up with one reason after another why he can’t attend anything - they can’t allow the spontaneous “welcome” of boos that would ensue.


6 posted on 11/07/2013 1:11:37 PM PST by LibertyOh
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To: Kaslin
King Barry has a full schedule of fund raisers this month, so he won't be able to attend.
7 posted on 11/07/2013 1:16:10 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Jesse Jackson will show up in his place and tell us how the south is racist.


8 posted on 11/07/2013 1:20:53 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Kaslin

Local law enforcement and PA State Police are glad they won’t have to do a security detail.

Presidential visits are budget-busters, especially so late in the year.

Good news for PA taxpayers.


9 posted on 11/07/2013 1:44:38 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: P.O.E.

Ping.


10 posted on 11/07/2013 1:45:16 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Kaslin

I have no problem with Obama disassociating himself from America’s past; he is a foreigner and the Klan couldn’t make the case better than he does himself. While I think America is dying, it isn’t being replaced by his ilk; it is being replaced by a Hispanic population that is at war with blacks economically, politically, and demographically (and winning).


11 posted on 11/07/2013 2:16:12 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kaslin

“…….Obama will not attend ceremonies at Gettysburg…….”

GOOD!!

BUT, it could be even better. Barricades should be set up with signs prohibiting Obama from entering. After what that maggot did to our veterans during the Reid-Obama shutdown, f-— him at every opportunity.


12 posted on 11/07/2013 2:41:44 PM PST by Gator113 ( Cruz, Palin and Lee speak for me, most everyone else is just noise.)
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To: lightman; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks lightman for the heads up

13 posted on 11/07/2013 2:50:14 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Kaslin
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Suppose President Obama were to be greeted by folks who have had their health insurance canceled ....

And suppose he were greeted by the 29th Alabama .....

14 posted on 11/07/2013 3:14:57 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Venturer
Maybe Jesse Jackson will show up in his place and tell us how the south is racist.

Visitors already have Clinton-ordered literature available on site, inculpating the South and blaming the war on them, and furthermore explaining how all crackers are always and everywhere endogamously eeeevillllll ....

15 posted on 11/07/2013 3:17:13 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: kearnyirish2

it is being replaced by a Hispanic population that is at war with blacks economically, politically, and demographically (and winning).

...guess we better brush up on our spanish...pero yo no creo que lo puedo, soy demasiado antiguo...


16 posted on 11/07/2013 3:41:07 PM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: IrishBrigade

Mi esposa es Espanol; no problemo (hablo como un gringo)...


17 posted on 11/07/2013 4:14:15 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: lentulusgracchus

All crackers are evil even the ones who died to get them set free.


18 posted on 11/07/2013 6:22:05 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Kaslin
Not surprisingly, BHO considers A Lincoln to be a slippery opportunist who was interested in high tariffs and railroad subsidies and freed the slaves as a tactical move and would have preferred slavery lasted a while longer or the dark ones would be ‘relocated’ to Africa,Panama, or Haiti. This book is BHO’s Lincoln text;
Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream by Lerone Bennett Jr.
19 posted on 11/07/2013 8:39:35 PM PST by robowombat
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To: P.O.E.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, 0scumbag! Stay away from our state, you POS!


20 posted on 11/08/2013 4:09:20 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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