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Bryan Preston


November 19, 2013 - 9:02 am

President Obama has elected to skip today’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But he participated in video readings of the address for a Ken Burns project. Along with 61 other lawmaker and celebrity participants, Obama read the address on camera from a teleprompter. But unlike the other participants, all of whom recited the entire address, Chris Plante noticed that Barack Obama left out two words: “Under God.”

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Obama leaves out “under God” at about the 1:35 mark, in the line “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” The “new birth of freedom” line is among the most important in the brief, eloquent address. It gives purpose to the bloody Civil War, which raged at the time Lincoln spoke and would rage on until Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

This is not the first time Barack Obama has made this omission.

Obama has repeatedly claimed a connection to President Lincoln, yet he appears to have taken it upon himself to rewrite the 16th president’s landmark address. Did Obama omit “under God” in the moment? If so, why? Was the text loaded into his teleprompter altered to ensure that he would not speak those two words? Why has Obama, who claims to be a Christian, established a pattern of omitting those two words from pledges and now the original text of what is arguably the most important speech ever delivered by an American president?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Well, like virtually every other thing about BO, his claim to be a Christian is a fraud only trotted out when it serves his political purposes and otherwise discarded.
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Did you expect the muslim-in-chief to say "Under allah"?

I didn't...

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Because to a Marxist...religion is a threat to the State.

Remember what the "bitter clingers" bitterly clung to in Obama's unguarded moment?

Religion is to Obama what green screen is to a videographer. A place to put backdrop scenes and virtual props. Obama embraced James Cone's and Jeremiah Wright's "if God won't kill our enemies, then we have to kill God" mentality.

Wright embraced Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam as closer to his belief system, than traditional Christian teachings.

Most Christian denominations outside of Wright and Pfleger do not ask God to Damn America. But, that is where Obama's heart well as where he planted his backside on Sundays.

He didn't "leave out" God...he abandoned God. Long ago.

And us.
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God calls government a beast. George Washington called it a machine. This beast or machine is the most beneficial or the most deadly institution in the human community. Its great good or its great evil depends on those who has control of it. That is why the colonial and American founders of America put on their state and colonial charters and constitutions a religious oath requirement as a gate, a check on access to important offices of public trust. This oath gave the morally sensible access while keeping out the immorally insensible. The Founder's wisdom is our guiding light and our hope in protecting the use of public authority. It is the moral duty for every patriotic American to restore the religious oath that mandates conviction in the justice of God and faith that Jesus is 'our Lord."
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National Day of Prayer to Be Held Without White House Ceremony

The National Day of Prayer is the official recognition of the important of
prayer in America. Though religious followers likely treat every day as a
National Day of Prayer, they honor the day religiously nonetheless. Though
the National Day of Prayer is tomorrow, anticipation is already being revved
up - particularly in how it will be received at the White House.

National Days of Prayer were a big event every May 7 at the Bush White
House, as ceremonies were held publicity with the likes of James Dobson. But
in the Obama administration, the day will be held privately, though that's
probably not what others will take from the decision.

President Obama will issue a written proclamation about the National Day of
Prayer and send his well-wishes.

However, there will be no official ceremony
at the White House, nor will the President attend any. This gives his
enemies the chance to return to their

*****"Obama is faithless or has the wrong
faith" argument.*****


President Obama Celebrates Ramadan at White House Iftar Dinner

Last night, President Obama continued the White House tradition of hosting
an Iftar - the meal that breaks the day of fasting - celebrating Ramadan in
the State Dining Room. During his remarks at the Iftar dinner, President
Obama reflected on the importance of religious freedom as one of the
founding principles of our Nation:

Our Founders understood that the best way to honor the place of faith in
the lives of our people was to protect their freedom to practice religion.
In the Virginia Act of Establishing Religion Freedom, Thomas Jefferson wrote
that "all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their
opinions in matters of religion." The First Amendment of our Constitution
established the freedom of religion as the law of the land. And that right
has been upheld ever since.

Indeed, over the course of our history, religion has flourished within
our borders precisely because Americans have had the right to worship as
they choose -- including the right to believe in no religion at all. And it
is a testament to the wisdom of our Founders that America remains deeply
religious -- a nation where the ability of peoples of different faiths to
coexist peacefully and with mutual respect for one another stands in stark
contrast to the religious conflict that persists elsewhere around the globe.
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He left the words out because HE "believes" that HE doesn't answer to anyone. It was also a message to his atheist base. Ken Burns is covering for him on this one.
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Anybody get the nice email from the White House today?

"Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. And to mark Lincoln's historic, moving speech, President Obama sat down and penned a very personal, handwritten tribute for display at the Lincoln Presidential Library."

Good grief! How many other Presidents have "penned a very personal .... for display at the Lincoln Presidential Library.".

It must be tough when the sun rises from your nether regions and sets dead center behind your head!!!
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What does that tell you about Obamas education? We all had to memorize it in school when I was there makes me wonder what he had to learn instead?
1 year ago
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Maybe that's why he didn't go?

The teleprompter kept prompting him to say: "That this nation shall have a new burst of fundamental change."
1 year ago
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This episode tells on Ken Burns and/or his producer a lot more.

That they'd willing to sacrifice facts and their own integrity to get a kiss up to Obama audience. For them the price was right.

Next time he produce yet another documentary on history, all of us should ask "WHICH VERSION"?

MLB network, you got two strikes. First Bob Costa, now this Ken Burns.
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I knew of Ken Burns after watching his Civil War TV.
Of the hundreds of 'letters from the front' and letters to the soldiers in the field, the ones he chose to put in his TV production were few and poorly selected. Better to find a REALLY old history book and leave the propagandists to massage each other.
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Well, let's see - There are five different versions of the Gettysburg Address, all in Lincoln's hand. They are all different. Only one (the "Nicolay Copy" omits the sentence "It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this" and says "This we may, in all propriety, do." Two of the versions (the "Nicolay Copy" and the "Hay Copy") omit the term "under God."

Listening to President Obama speak, he clearly was reading the Nicolay Copy - he says "This we may, in all propriety, do" - the only version that contains these words.

The Ken Burns explanation is correct.
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Well then, that explains the birds of a feather's choice to present to the American people. Funny how all of us older folks remember and memorized the version on the Lincoln Memorial.
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The Bliss copy is the only one signed and dated by Abraham Lincoln (which includes the phrase "under God", and appears on the Lincoln memorial.) The Nicolay copy was a first draft. See Sir Napsalot's post below (one would have to be exceptionally gullible to believe this was not planned in advance by Obama and his handlers).
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At our Alma Mater's pre-game, they have what is called Ceremony of Allegiance. They always quote parts of the Declaration of Independence including the line "with a firm reliance on divine providence." This line was left our on Ft. Riley Day when the military was heavily involved in the ceremonies.

We were thinking it was likely an unintentional omission on the part of the reciter since they left in other potentially "inflammatory" lines like "endowed by their Creator" and "under God" in the pledge. But it could also have been a trim to placate the "new" military ethos under Obama, too.

I think this man has done more to make this country a divided place than any other President I can remember.
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I just looked at my photo of the Gettysburg Address engraved in the stone inside the Lincoln Memorial. "Under God" is what is enshrined for the public to see everyday. Is it due to be ground out now?
Obama's spiritual adviser has written a book about Obama's deeply held Christian belief as he told Bill O'Reilly last week.
I am confused in that a Christian would not omit "Under God". It would go against those deeply held beliefs.
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O'Zero is like a river - a mile wide and an inch deep. Not much in the way of deep undercurrents with him.

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