WH adviser: Obama too busy for 150th anniversary of Gettysburg because of ObamaCare, or something

posted at 12:01 pm on November 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This gem comes from Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications, who most recently compared Republicans to suicide bombers for trying to derail ObamaCare through the budget process. Suddenly, though, the ObamaCare debacle seems to be a lot more critical than Pfeiffer admitted in September.  Today, National Journal’s George Condon openly wondered what was so important on Barack Obama’s schedule that precluded him from attending the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address:

On Tuesday, just 65 miles from the White House, thousands will gather at the battlefield where 150 years ago the sacrifice and bloodshed and deaths of warring Americans were immortalized by the words of President Abraham Lincoln. Fifty-one thousand casualties were counted when the fighting ceased in 1863, including 8,000 deaths, a toll that Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, pledged the nation “can never forget.”

But among the thousands in attendance will not be President Obama. For reasons not spelled out by the White House, he is staying in Washington. Instead of going to Gettysburg, he will go to the Four Seasons Hotel to address The Wall Street Journal CEO Council’s annual meeting and talk about the economy. In his place, he has dispatched little-known Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to the ceremonies. She will be joined there by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Obama is by no means the first president wary of giving a speech where every word will be compared to the most famous piece of oratory in American history. Many of his predecessors in the White House have balked at speaking in Gettysburg and had to be talked out of initial refusals. They understood that no matter what they would say, it would fall short of the spare 272 words delivered by Lincoln, who needed only two minutes to dedicate a cemetery where less than five months earlier 165,000 soldiers had clashed. That battle determined the outcome of the Civil War; Lincoln’s address clarified the meaning of the war and redefined what it meant to be an American.

But Obama, unlike his predecessors, stuck to his decision not to go to such an anniversary commemoration. His decision is doubly surprising because he has so often tied himself to his fellow Illinoisan Lincoln. Obama announced his candidacy in 2007 near Lincoln’s law office in Springfield, Ill. Both in 2009 and 2013, he took the oath of office with his hand on Lincoln’s Bible. And in 2009, he replicated Lincoln’s 1861 route from Philadelphia to Washington for the Inauguration.

This is a bizarre decision by a president whose popularity has plummeted this year. Condon notes that presidents have gone reluctantly, afraid of a comparison to the greatest presidential speech in American history, but that’s a pretty thin excuse for Obama. Frankly, he needs the non-combative exposure, and the themes of unity and sacrifice play right into his rhetorical wheelhouse.  It’s yet another piece of bad strategy from a White House that looks increasingly desperate and incompetent.

Even worse is the explanation from Dan Pfeiffer.  NJ’s Ron Fournier challenged Obama’s senior adviser on the decision, and Pfeiffer claimed that Obama’s schedule was too full:

“Schedule-wise”? Talking to the WSJ’s conference about the economy was more significant than a major commemoration of a seminal American moment, and the chance to look a lot more presidential than Obama has managed of late? Fournier wasn’t buying it:

Answer: Obama is too busy fixing the Healthcare.gov website to get away at the moment:

Fournier scoffed:

Andrew Malcolm makes a good closing point about Obama’s priorities:

Forget for the moment the “flippant” attitude the White House is taking with both the Gettysburg commemoration and the ObamaCare disaster. What strategist in his right mind would be advising Obama to skip this opportunity to repair his standing with voters? This administration has run completely off the rails.


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Because the revisionists, despite their efforts, have not quite yet turned Lincoln into a Democrat.

So says a plaque at a public university in Lincoln’s home state of Illinois, where, since 1905, students at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago have seen the nation’s 16th president — and quite possibly its most influential — honored as a democrat.

“This building is dedicated to public service honoring the memory of Abraham Lincoln,” the inscription reads. “Democrat.”

As shameful and hacktacular as Obama and his team of puppeteers and imagemakers.

RushBaby on November 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

This administration has run completely off the rails.

Ed, when I read those words, the song Crazy Train instantly came to mind.

Read the words, how fitting are they for Barky and these times, errie if you ask me.

ALL ABOOOOOAAAARRD HAHAHAHAHAHA…
AY AY AY AY AY…
Crazy, but thats how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe its not to late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate

Mental wounds not healing
Lifes a bitter shame
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

Ive listened to preachers
I’ve listened to fools
I’ve watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules

One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words

Yeh-h yeeeeaaaahhhh

Heirs of a cold war
Thats what weve become
Inheriting troubles Im mentally numb
Crazy, I just cannot bear
Im living with something that just isnt fair

Mental wounds not healing
Who and whats to blame
Im going off the rails on a crazy train
Im going off the rails on a crazy train

D-fusit on November 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

He starts the speech almost everyday.

FORE!! Score and seven strokes ago….

Ben Hur on November 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Four score and seven dumbasses, also known as the administration, brought forth on this continent, a fundamental change, a deceit against Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men outside the inside are serfs. Now we are engaged in a great civil unrest, testing whether that nation, or any nation so deceived and so dessicated, can long endure …

M240H on November 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I bet he’s hiding in a closet somewhere with Joe Biden, cuz this is a big effin’ deal. Yo.

/Going down in FLAMES.

I picture him sobbing at Valerie Jarret’s feet, “Why doesn’t everyone love me? Why doesn’t everyone love me?”

SailorMark on November 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

he’s never been interested in being “Potus”. he’s a dictator. and he is damaged. and very soon this “administration” will be MORE dangerous than they have been. its going to get dicey soon. the 3rd world war is close. he is so stupid when he tries to wag to dog, he’ll tip it off.

t8stlikchkn on November 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

RushBaby on November 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I’ve got to believe they were referring to Lincoln as a democrat and not a Democrat. Which is probably more offensive considering the way he ignored the Constitution and rule of law during the Civil War.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Hey, we spent all Sunday navel gazing about JFK. We’re too busy about that to care about that other president guy….

Nethicus on November 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I picture him sobbing at Valerie Jarret’s feet, “Why doesn’t everyone love me? Why doesn’t everyone love me?”

SailorMark on November 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

As if Jarret even returns his phone calls. She’s part of the Chicago mafia. She doesn’t have much use for a white male VP.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

“First lady Michelle Obama got straight to the point Monday, telling donors what they can do to help generate Democratic congressional wins in 2014.”

“You can write a big old fat check,” Mrs. Obama said during a New York City fundraiser sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “That’s what we need you to do right now.”

Yes, that’s ‘check’, not ‘chick’.

justltl on November 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You guys miss the real reason, as usual.

0bama won’t go, because ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ and since then, the Democrats have been working hardest on putting them back on the plantation, keeping them dumbed down and dependent.

And beyond that, it generational, and personal:

The 0bama clan has, for 150 years, been furious with Lincoln, since Great Great Grand Uncle, Ahmed Achmed Mohammed Hussein, the slaver, lost his most lucrative slave market thanks to Lincoln.

When the only decent cash market for his slaves dried up, all he could do is trade them to other african tribes for goats and chickens, or to the few Arabs who would have black slaves, in exchange for sand and promises.

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

This is a bizarre decision by a president whose popularity has plummeted this year.

Not really.

1. It’s not a fund-raiser.
2. It’s not about Obama.
3. It’s not about Obama.
4. It’s not about Obama.
5…………………

GarandFan on November 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Pretty sad, him being the first half black President and all.

Dollayo on November 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Is there a list of when Obama plays golf? How many times has he been out on the links since the (non)start of the Obamacare website?

And how many fundraisers has he been to?

And why does he have to be there as so to miss a historic occasion? Is he recoding the site?

Just another indication that Obama is just not that into America.

bartbeast on November 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Mark Knoller of C-BS “News” is the dude who keeps track of all that kind of stuff. Don’t know if he has a regular update on it but if you do a search you can find older numbers.

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Um, didn’t he just go golfing like last weekend? Wasn’t too busy writing code, fixing the website, and saving the entire Democrat party from ruin then, eh.

JenBee on November 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I’m glad he isn’t going, he’s pathetic. He doesn’t know anything that isn’t printed in the NYT first and we’re supposed to buy the idea that he is working on Obamacare. Puh-leeze.

magicbeans on November 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

His goons will git ya and sell you into slavery :)

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I bet he’s hitting the links instead.

nazo311 on November 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Face it, the REB doesn’t give a RA.

While libs are running around screaming the sky is falling, the rest of America is ducking the raining shoes.

SteveInRTP on November 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Did anyone else pick up on the fact that Dan Pfeiffer’s excuse is not phrased in terms of what’s best for the country, but what might “destroy the Democratic Party?”

Telling!

But unfortunately, not a s surprise. If it’s not about keeping power, it’s simply not important.

EdmundBurke247 on November 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Obama’s ego simply can’t let him go there and have his teleprompter remarks compared to Lincoln’s famous address.

In five years, what are the most famous things Obama has said?

I would say:

“You didn’t build that!” and
“If you like your plan you can keep your plan.”

TarheelBen on November 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Anything Obama said would desecrate the memorial. Wise decision to not go.

TerryW on November 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Yep! The guy is a disgrace.

csdeven on November 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

This isn’t surprising. The “it’s all about me” President doesn’t care about history.

Remember, he skipped the Boy Scouts 100th to appear on The View.

Chris of Rights on November 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

150 years??? Wow.

To hear Jackson, Oprah or Sharpton tell it, it just happened last week.

BigWyo on November 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Yeah, he’s been writing code non-stop, for days….

HB3 on November 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

He’s in the WH basement. He’s working on a yard-sale desk, with a bunch of Mountain Dews and a bag of Cheetohs. For quick naps, he lies on the plaid sofa he brought home from college.

Dang can he ever whip out some code! I hope he’s taking time to leave comments so the rest of us can understand it and can display his genius in museums 100 years hence.

freedomfirst on November 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

His goons will git ya and sell you into slavery.
Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

It is only fair that I be enslaved too.

His economic (and other) policies have enslaved every productive or would-be productive, working class person in the USA for the next five generations, at least.

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

He got reelected so he doesn’t need the comparison to Lincoln anymore. How’s that for tossing a former president under the bus.

Kissmygrits on November 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

To hear Juanito Williams explain it, it’s all the fault of the Southern Confederate states, George Zimmerman, and the Tea Party. Oh, yeah, the Republicans, too.

Kissmygrits on November 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I’m glad he isn’t going, he’s pathetic. He doesn’t know anything that isn’t printed in the NYT first and we’re supposed to buy the idea that he is working on Obamacare. Puh-leeze.

magicbeans on November 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Ditto….It would bother me more if he was there. On his best day he is a liar and a hypocrite….

repvoter on November 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The hall of fame for Liars.

Joe Gibbs

Jay Carney

Alan Grayson

and Dan Pfeiffer.

All recent additions, and all equally adept at the deed.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Will there be any battle reenactments or 21 gun salutes?

MontanaMmmm on November 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Last time he attended a 21-gun salute the REB pooped his pants.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

The hall of fame for Liars.

Joe Gibbs

Jay Carney

Alan Grayson

and Dan Pfeiffer.

All recent additions, and all equally adept at the deed.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

None of them can have a belief in God OR just an ounce of honor in them. The lies they tell are completely immoral. And immoral in any sense of the word.

csdeven on November 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

justltl on November 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The hall of fame for Liars.

Joe Gibbs

Jay Carney

Alan Grayson

and Dan Pfeiffer.

All recent additions, and all equally adept at the deed.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Joe Gibbs, the Redskins coach, should not be on your list of liars.

Perhaps you mean Robert Gibbs?

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Every word in there except ‘government’ makes Obama’s skin burn. Like holy water on a demon.

justltl on November 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The hall of fame for Liars.

Joe Robert Gibbs

Jay Carney

Alan Grayson

and Dan Pfeiffer.

All recent additions, and all equally adept at the deed.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

FIFY

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Obama’s ego simply can’t let him go there and have his teleprompter remarks compared to Lincoln’s famous address.

TarheelBen on November 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I’m not buying that he’s too intimidated by the greatness of the original speech.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Obama has decided that only his world-class COBOL skills can save 404Care.gov, and he’s going to be rolling up his sleeves and pulling a few all-nighters.

Nobody has told him that unexpectedly, they wrote it in Fortran.

drunyan8315 on November 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Seems to be a lot of rails being run off of….sorry for the grammar…LOL.

d1carter on November 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

He spent five hours at Val’s birthday party Friday and played golf on Sunday…so he’s busy.

d1carter on November 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

“Why Obama Is Blowing Off Gettysburg Address”
Lincoln himself said it best: “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”.

TeaPartyNation on November 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I’m not buying that he’s too intimidated by the greatness of the original speech.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Other way around. He doesn’t want the greatness of his speech to overshadow Lincoln’s. Obama knows the power of his oratory skills, and doesn’t want to ruin the sanctity of the GA. Obama looks out for us like that. Thanks, Obama!

tdarrington on November 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Pfeiffer makes a offers a good natured self-deprecating reply to Fournier, he goes all ‘DON’T MOCK GETTYSBURG!’ – which, um, Pfeiffer didn’t, at all.
And Ed makes a long post out of it.

Ed – now be honest with yourself, and write your hypothetical post attacking Obama for attending the Gettysburg ceremony ‘in a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the ACA roll-out by riding the hallowed coat tails of a truly great Republican president!’.
(Schadenfreude could comment and use his ‘feeding on carrion’ quip.)

An aside:
Great bit on the speech here.

verbaluce on November 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

He left ‘under God’ out of the speech. It seems he can’t even say the word.

Kissmygrits on November 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The new museum at Gettysburg even has a whole display on racial progress that ends with pictures the Obama inaguration as the latest example of progress in racial equality. Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

It would be more appropriate to have a display on the export tariffs the South greatly resented, that provided 85% of federal revenues.

Akzed on November 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

And Ed makes a long post out of it.

Ed – now be honest with yourself, and write your hypothetical post attacking Obama for attending the Gettysburg ceremony ‘in a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the ACA roll-out by riding the hallowed coat tails of a truly great Republican president!’.
(Schadenfreude could comment and use his ‘feeding on carrion’ quip.)

verbaloon on November 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Translated: “I can’t credibly defend my Cult Leader’s boycott of Gettysburg, so I will welcome Ed back from his vacation by insulting him! Forward!

A+

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Via Breitbart:

WATCH: President Obama Leaves Out An Important Word In His Reading Of The Gettysburg Address – God

WASHINGTON — One nation under God? Under President Obama, maybe not so much.

As first reported on WMAL’s Chris Plante Show Tuesday, the Commander-in-Chief joined a cast of 61 other noted lawmakers, politicians, news anchors and celebrities, including every living President, in reciting the Gettysburg Address, which President Abraham Lincoln delivered on November 19, 1863.

The dignitaries all delivered the address as Lincoln had written it, including the phrase, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” (Click to listen). Curiously, however, in his version of the address, President Obama omitted the words “under God.”

You can see the President’s reading of the Gettysburg speech here – his omission is at the 1:35 mark.

Video of Obama at the link.

Ken Burns’ did the videos for a PBS documentary, and in his mashup at his site, learntheaddress.org, he did not include under God as delivered by those he filmed.

(There are a bunch of Lefties in it who will make you gag, but I went through the video at his site to see what he did).

INC on November 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

WSJ:

…has there ever been a president who so completely over-salted his own brand as Barack Obama? “I never compare myself to Lincoln,” the president told NBC’s David Gregory last year. Except that he announced his presidential candidacy from the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. And that he traveled by train to Washington from Philadelphia for his first inauguration along the same route Lincoln took in the spring of 1861. And that he twice swore his oaths of office on the Lincoln Bible. “Lincoln—they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me,” he said in Iowa in 2011.

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Look at the Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day signed by Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863:

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

INC on November 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Translated: “I can’t credibly defend my Cult Leader’s boycott of Gettysburg, so I will welcome Ed back from his vacation by insulting him! Forward!”

A+

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Ha…now it’s a ‘boycott’.

(I don’t think Ed is that sensitive…I was assuming thoughtful.
And by all means, welcome back to him.)

verbaluce on November 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Keep digging that hole deeper, Sparky.

Really, what does he give a sh!t? He’s not running again – it’s all about “preserving his legacy”.

Somewhere in GA Carter is smiling.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

The real reason: He’ll be golfing.

sadatoni on November 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Maybe they don’t allow teleprompters at the ceremony.

Midas on November 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

verbaluce on November 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Comically moronic, as usual.

Midas on November 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

“What strategist in his right mind would be advising Obama to skip this opportunity to repair his standing with voters?”

It’s not about elections any more for Obowma…

… It’s about destroying the Country.

Treasury Forced to Issue $1T in New Debt in First 6 Weeks of FY14

Seven Percent Solution on November 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Andrew is more right than he might know. While there is no fundraiser in PA, there is a thinly disguised fundraising “opportunity” in Washington, also known as the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. Why rob banks (or attend meetings of wealthy people)?

Because that’s where the money is.

IndieDogg on November 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Obama too busy for 150th anniversary of Gettysburg because of ObamaCare, or something

I wouldn’t expect a foreigner to be that interested in Gettysburg in the first place.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I have thought that a lot of how President Obama (and the First Lady) behave is tied to his idea of how the rich and powerful really act. In his worldview, the rich and powerful play golf, take expensive trips, make pronouncements, and generally do whatever they want to do. They show up in the office, if even that, to make decisions not worry about the minor details.

President Obama seems to also have this belief that when he makes a decision, it will be effectively carried out (consistent with his expectations), and he does not have to monitor or even have to consider modifying the decision based on feeback. This would seem to be consistent with the “I heard about it in the papers” meme that has been put forward.

Missing the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is no big thing to the rich and powerful, just like the ACA “fix” (where insurers can be administratively told they can violate the ACA and market the “substandard” plans for a year) is no big thing for a President. He may be wrong about his latter judgement, but only time will tell whether anyone actually makes decisions based on it.

Russ808 on November 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Obamateurism at his finest!

jazzuscounty on November 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

…does Oprah know?

KOOLAID2 on November 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I just laugh hysterically every time I see Dan Pfeiffer and then am reminded that he is a [b]senior[/b] adviser to the President. I get the impression from this clown that he couldn’t successfully be the senior adviser for the company picnic, let alone anything more complicated.

Really Dan, is this what a [i]magna[/i] product from Georgetown looks like? I guess the criteria for selection of senior advisers in the Obama WH are not very stringent.

dissent555 on November 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Dang blog non-uniformities.

dissent555 on November 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM

What strategist in his right mind would be advising Obama to skip this opportunity to repair his standing with voters? This administration has run completely off the rails.

Standing with which voters?

Lincoln has also been deconstructed as a racist. The demographic who would have cared, isn’t needed by Obama anymore.

Obama could easily have set up a more effective excuse for not going. That is the point. He used a lame excuse, of a nothing obligation, to diss the moment.

Just as well

Lincoln said we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground If Lincoln couldn’t do it, the ground might smoke if Obama showed up

He didnt drop ‘God’ by accident from his reading of the address, either. Obama got his points across. You gots to takes your happiness where you can find it

entagor on November 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM

I look at it this way: It’s better that the Golfer-in-Chief not desecrate that patch of hollowed ground with his presence.

jefrey with one f on November 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

WH adviser: Obama too busy for 150th anniversary of Gettysburg because of ObamaCare, or something

While Obama had plenty of time to put this on his schedule, he obviously thought this event was beneath him. Funny thing is though, it wasn’t beneath him. It was above him. This snub reveals he’s not smart enough to figure that out.

rukiddingme on November 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

If ObamaCare were working, our grinch leader would have been at Gettysburg talking about it.

Sherman1864 on November 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Of course, ignoring Gettysburg makes perfect sense once you realize that one of Obama’s long range goals is to convince everyone that there is nothing much exceptional about America (besides the fact that he’s it’s leader.) That’s why he has all but de-funded NASA and why he’d rather not bring up anything in American history, such as the Gettysburg Address, that people would be especially proud of. Plus, if he can convince everyone that everything important in history happened since 2008 there is just that much less to compete with his legacy from a popular historical perspective. It all about him.

Fred 2 on November 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Lincoln was a Republican. That’s why.

Ronnie on November 20, 2013 at 2:46 AM

What actions define a leader?

1. Ego?
2. Intelligence?
3. Standing to the Occasion?
4. Dumb Luck?
5. Take the HITS?
6. Completion of Objectives?
7. DOES NOT APPLY?
8. NONE OF THE ABOVE?

Mayor Giuliani (1) in the aftermath of 9-11. Watch me New York, Watch Me World. He could do nothing about the tragedy but to focus all attention on him, allowing all others to do their jobs.

President Nixon (2) Stopped the war in Viet Nam and got out of Town.

President Lincoln (3) at the Gettysburg address.

President Reagan (4) “tear down that wall “. The “wall of communications” or literally “THAT WALL”.

President Truman (5) in the firing of General MacArthur. Had to be done. Truman was willing to takes the hits.

President Kennedy (6) Putting a man on the Moon.

President Obama (7) (8).

jpcpt03 on November 20, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Aw, let’s tell the truth for once, he was golfing again, right?

Amazingoly on November 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Since @barackobama can’t be bothered to honor #Gettysburg150 today, I will. My modern version of the address: http://bit.ly/18kjDrV
6:38 AM – 19 Nov 2013

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On this day we remember a simple yet profound speech delivered by a simple yet iconic American leader. Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address given by our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Our current president is from the Land of Lincoln – Illinois — but for whatever reason will not be at Gettysburg to pay homage to this moment, a seminal moment in American history — how utterly despicable. I suppose the Organizing for America conference call the evening prior was just too taxing. Ironic isn’t it, that the first African-American president will not attend a historic moment remembering a “new birth of freedom.”

Therefore, since America is lacking a leader to address the nation on this momentous day, I decided to write and share with you all a modern Gettysburg Address:

“Seven score and ten years ago, this great nation stood divided on the fundamental concept of liberty and freedom. There were those who believed they possessed the liberty to withhold the freedom of others and that was defined as their right.

Another part of this great nation believed, as a slave owner had written, that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights from their Creator thus being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This nation went to war, a Civil War, to guarantee the promise of the latter, rather than live with the shame of the former. So here amongst the picturesque Pennsylvania hills surrounding Gettysburg two armies met: the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac. And as poetic justice would have it, they met from July 1st to 3rd in 1863 to determine the course of this great land.

The latter prevailed at the end of those three days by way of sheer determination, but both sides displayed uncommon valor and bravery. The defining moment to end the physical bondage of others had come, and freedom was the victor.

We remember the honored dead of Gettysburg – but let us remember all the honored dead who have made the stand against the enemies of freedom: Fascism, Nazism, Japanese imperialism and Communism.

However today, this great country, this longest running Republic the world has ever known is yet again embroiled in a seminal fight for liberty and freedom. The current ideological conflagration in America pits a belief of collective subjugation, by means of the metaphysical bondage of dependency, to the will of government as opposed to the liberty of individuals to determine their way in life – enabling their pursuit of happiness.

Even today the political names of the actors, Democrats and Republicans, remain the same, but only the circumstances have changed. We again are challenged to honor the promise of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, and the words of Jefferson, as well as our Constitution.

It is not only this internal struggle against progressive socialism but the external fight against Islamic totalitarianism — both threats to individual liberty and freedom.

Our men and women in uniform are deployed against the latter adversary, but we must all stand as guardians of this Republic against the former. What is at stake? The exact same thing that President Abraham Lincoln championed 150 years ago, “that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

May God bless the American legacy of courage displayed at Gettysburg, the Gettysburg address, and this beacon of liberty and freedom, the land of the free because it is the home of the brave. The place we call home, our beloved Constitutional Republic, these United States of America.”

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Thank you Colonel Allen West & God Bless You!!

http://allenbwest.com/2013/11/obama-wont-honor-gettysburg-will/

bluefox on November 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

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