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November 19, 2013 - 12:21 am
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On the surface, President Obama’s refusal to speak today at the ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is nearly incomprehensible. This is especially true given Mr. Obama’s acknowledged talent as a public speaker. There is also the widely held belief that he is in love with the sound of his own voice and passing up a golden opportunity to make his mark on history by walking in the footsteps of Lincoln is out of character for him.

To compound the mystery is the way the snub was delivered. Rather than make the announcement of his decision not to attend the festivities from the White House, he left that distasteful task to the National Park Service, the federal agency that administers the Gettysburg National Military Park.

The National Park Service? Not exactly a profile in courage. Then there’s the curious choice of which person the president sent in his stead. Thank God it wasn’t Vice President Biden, but the choice of Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, to represent the administration turned a few heads. Actually, protocol suggests the highest-ranking cabinet member available should fill in for the president. The secretary of the interior is the fifth-ranking cabinet member behind (in order) the secretaries of state, treasury, defense (war), and the attorney general. Given the speaking abilities of those that the president bypassed, maybe we should be glad about getting Jewell to sub for Obama.

And what about White House press secretary Jay Carney? When the Park Service made their announcement on October 31 that Obama wasn’t going to attend, reporters pressed Carney for a reason:

“I think that is an enormously significant event in our history, and I think Americans will take the appropriate time to consider the speech that was delivered there. I would simply say that I have no updates on the president’s schedule,” Mr. Carney said. “I think all Americans will share and marvel in the remembrance of that important date in our history.”

Just in case the press didn’t get the message, Carney, sounding like a broken record, said this week, “I don’t have any scheduling updates to provide to you.” That’s the best they can do? Why make a mystery out of it?

The president is scheduled to speak that day at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, D.C., so it’s not like he’s indisposed otherwise. The fact that he would prefer to speak to a bunch of rich white guys rather than appear at an historic setting with the hoi polloi only adds to the unfathomable nature of the snub.

Needless to say, the residents of Gettysburg, who have been planning this celebration for years, are disappointed. The town’s mayor, William Troxell, remarked, “We don’t know why he’s not coming, but stuff like this happens with elected officials.” Gettysburg Borough Council Vice President Jacob Schindel took a more pragmatic view, saying, “I was really looking forward to him coming. But it’s still the 150th anniversary of Remembrance Day. We’ll still have more people than we usually would.” A journalist at the nearby Harrisburg Patriot-News grumbled: “In the end, Barack Obama simply didn’t have the stones. It’s sad. And telling. History will note that Lincoln’s legacy did not live up to the challenge.”

That may be, but the mystery of Obama’s no-show has initiated some interesting speculation about the reason he may have for staying home. Stephen Hayward speculates:

Can it be that Obama has sensed a limit to his own megalomania? While Obama has compared himself to Lincoln and FDR, and wasn’t bashful about assuming the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech, perhaps he knows that nothing he can say would measure up to Lincoln’s extraordinary 272-word achievement.

Obama barely clears his throat at 272 words. But he had no such qualms when speaking on the 50th anniversary of King’s speech — an address that is arguably as important and historic as Lincoln’s Gettysburg speech. It is doubtful that someone with Obama’s ego would worry about such trifles.

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I'm glad he didn't go. Who needs this fraud desecrating hallowed ground with his petty partisan drivel? Lincoln was a giant. Obama is a dwarf, all that's tawdry and depressing about modern politics.
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As a Pennsylvania resident, I doubt that anyone would be crude enough to boo Obama if he had chosen to speak at the event.

Also, Rick, I wish you hadn't repeated the usual praise of Obama's speaking abilities. He has never displayed the rhetorical gifts he's been said to possess. His voice is reedy and has no resonance, his delivery is monotonous and stiff. When he uses the teleprompter he's studied and practiced and predictably boring, and without it he's excruciatingly banal, even tongue-tied. Obama's reputation as a great orator is as phony and manufactured as the rest of his made-up persona. He probably decided not to speak at Gettysburg because his lack of speaking skills would be more apparent now that he's been exposed as a fraud in every other area of his public life. When the bloom comes off the rose the decay underneath is always revealed.
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In what certainly seems like four score and seven years ago, American voters, deceived by a man of a true nature most foul and his media propaganda ministers, brought forth, upon this Nation, a profoundly warped man, conceived who knows where for certain, who is dedicated to the proposition that all other men and women are created inferior and should be subservient to his every narcissistic will and whim.

Now we are engaged in a great battle, testing whether this nation, or any nation so burdened, and so assaulted, can long endure. We are met here on a great internet battlefield with compatriots in the Tea Party Freedom Movement and compatriots on blogs throughout the internet, of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of our lives in honor of our forefathers who dedicated their lives that this nation might live vigorous and free.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

It is for us, the living, to be dedicated to the restoration of freedom, liberty, rule of law, progress and sanity which our Founders so nobly brought about. It is 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 so long ago gave the full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that our Founding Fathers shall not have labored in vain, that this nation shall have a rebirth of freedom, and that this government will once again be of the people, by the people, and for the people, and that we will not allow throwback abominations like Barack Hussein Obama and his allies like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and his quislings and useful idiots like John McCain and Lindsey Graham to cause it, and it’s shinning light, to perish from the Earth.
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"“In the end, Barack Obama simply didn’t have the stones. It’s sad. And telling. History will note that Lincoln’s legacy did not live up to the challenge.”

Lincoln's legacy wasn't available.
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Obama isn't going because the Left is getting serious. President Lincoln will be personified and made larger at the anniversary ceremonies. Lincoln had thoughts about slavery, and about what course should Americans blacks take out on after Slavery, and he had thoughts on the relationship between the Government (and governments) and the freeman who had been slaves.

And none of these thoughts are acceptable to the Left. Posturing aside, the Left despises Lincoln and who he was and what he stood for.

And nowadays the Left is getting down to basics and brass knuckles. In New York City today young criminals so inclined are playing a game called Knockout. The idea is to find a very elderly person walking down the street and hit them so hard in the head that they fall to the ground unconscious. The goal is to do this with one punch.

Why do I bring this up? Its not a racial question. Both the criminals and their poor victims are black. It is a question of the Left's shock troops.

The Left is now exposed but they have had an important victory in New York City. The clients (aka shock troops) of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and, yes, our darling President will be used by the Left and in using them reveal the differences between themselves and Lincoln on these questions.

To use the shock troops more clearly requires Obama not bring Lincoln into the picture. So he won't.

Happy Holidays
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If it appeared it might seem to be support for 'Government of the people, by the people and for the people' which is a concept he detests.
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I can only thank God that he did NOT defile that hallowed ground. May he never be allowed to enter any military cemetery, EVER!
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How Steven Spielberg's Lincoln movie detached Abe from the new Republican Party and subliminally attached him to the Jacksonians, making him a Democrat. See http://clarespark.com/2013/02/09/lincoln-the-movie-as-propaganda/. It was pretty slick, especially considering the closeness of Lincoln and Charles Sumner.
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It is also telling that he omitted the word God from the Gettysburg Address he recorded for Ken Burns, although it now appears Burns has found a way to cover for Obama.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/11/19/Obama-Removes-God-From-Gettysburg-Address
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"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them, And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Gettysburg is a small town in Pennsylvania.
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In the tiny village I live in, an old Quaker cemetery is very proud to be the final resting place for the remains of 16 Civil War veterans. A church member with an interest in history gives walking tours of these historic graves.

On one of these tours with house guests *TWO* years ago, I was deeply dismayed when our guide mentioned the approaching sesquicentennial of the Civil War and noted that staff and supporters of some local homes associated with the War in one way or another had already been informed that the White House was planning *NO* national program or commemorative events, or in fact recognition of any sort. In other words, there would be no schedule of national events with which to coordinate local programs, so they were “completely on their own” in planning observances.

I can think of no good reason why any American President, much less America’s historic First Black President, would want to completely ignore celebrating an event that resulted in the abolition of slavery—unless it is perhaps the inescapable fact that more than 350,000 mostly white males in the Union Army gave their lives to secure it.

Of course, it could all just be coincidental.

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This from a president who tried in the 2008 campaign to identify himself with Lincoln. HA! We knew then what has since been confirmed. This is a self-absorbed, Marxist, Muslim-loving president who doesn't give a rat's ass about America. He is in love with the power of the office, and despises the duties or the responsibilities of it.
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