Obama Pans 150th Anniversary Of Gettysburg Address


President Barack Obama has appropriated the mythos of President Abraham Lincoln in facile little ways, using the Lincoln Bible at both his inaugurations and announcing his candidacy on the steps of the Old Illinois State Capital in Springfield. But he’s declined a Congressional invitation to speak Nov. 19, when Gettysburg marks the 150th anniversary of one of Lincoln’s most enduring legacies: the 16th President’s 1863 dedication speech for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, known to generations both past and yet to come as the Gettysburg Address.

The White House declined a bipartisan invitation from Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Representative Scott Perry (R-Pa.) without offering a reason for the President’s planned absence.

Area newspaper the York Daily Record noted that months passed without an RSVP until, finally, the White House notified the Congressional delegation that Obama was sending Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior. Historian James McPherson will join Jewell in delivering the event’s two keynote speeches.

The Daily Record was among a number of local newspapers that unloaded on Obama once it became clear this week that he would be a no-show in Gettysburg. In an editorial headlined “Obama’s rejection of Gettysburg Address invitation unacceptable,” the editorial staff offered this:

How could he not pay his respects to those whose ultimate sacrifices made his presidency possible?

How could he not visit and acknowledge the new birth of freedom that is his — and our nation’s — inheritance of that battle?

Well, he’s not coming.

The National Park Service this week said the president was instead sending Interior Secretary Sally Jewell — a former oil, banking and outdoor gear accessory executive who was born in England.

With all due respect to Ms. Jewell, she is an unacceptable substitute for the President of the United States.

If crucial matters of state demand the president’s attention that day, the least he could do is send the vice president.

…But whatever the reason, the declined invitation is unacceptable.


Barack Obama is the most powerful man on earth. If he wanted to be here on Nov. 19, he could make that happen.

The fact that he is uninterested or unwilling to do so is deeply disappointing — and likely to lead to further division in our politically cleft nation.

…President Obama could have used this occasion to offer words of healing and reconciliation — as his Illinois forefather once did.

Instead, he is sending us a little-known Cabinet member to do the job of a president, of a statesman, of an orator.


Writing for The Patriot News, a Harrisburg newspaper, Donald Gilliland’s remarks were similar:

Obama will be a no-show at the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For a president who has so demonstrably associated himself with Lincoln…this is nothing less than a profile in cowardice.

In the end, Barack Obama simply didn’t have the stones.

It’s sad.

And telling.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Quester55

    Once a COWARD, Always a COWARD, B.H.Obama (Or what other name he chooses to go by ) Has the Spine of a Jellyfish & the Heart of a Rock!

    An F-N coward like he, should be Branded a Traitor of the American People & Deported to his Birth Country of Libya!

  • Sarah Conner

    This should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind how un -American this POS is…how did we let this communist steal the elections not once,but twice…we are all to blame and we must make amends now…

    • Vigilant

      No Sarah, I refuse to accept blame for his elections.

      The indolent takers, pie-eyed socialist true believers, those who voted based on the color of his skin instead of the content of his character, the guilt-ridden liberals who thought it would be “nice” to have a black in office, low information voters who actually believed his lies, and those who voted for him merely because he’s a Democrat (e.g., KG) are the guilty parties.

      63.3 million people voted against him. I was one of them

      • ChiefBoring

        And we only voted once, unlike many of his supporters, both dead and alive.

      • Warrior

        I had a couple family members vote for sluggo in 2008. In 2012 they didn’t. In fact, in 2012 I didn’t personally know a single person who voted for him.
        Do I believe the fix was in? Absolutely, positively, no doubt about it!

  • annie

    Please anyone, what do you think is the REAL reason he refuses to go to Gettysburg? There is a huge manipulative and contemptible reason for his refusal but what do you all think it really is?
    He is by far and away, a president that is in NO way a president at all! He hates America and all Americans.

    • Uncle Carbuncle

      More than that he hates FREEDOM & LIBERTY too & like some of his close friends & mentors, The Wrong Rev. Wright & unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, he still harbors feelings that we are a devilish imperialist racist nation that is destroying the world!!!
      He will probably spend the day golfing somewhere!!

    • wandamurline

      Valerie Jarrett (the real president) told him he couldn’t go.

  • dan

    …I heard that he closed the cemetary…well, he’d be afraid to go near for fear of all
    the war veterans turnng over in their graves
    (half for having died in vain and half to say,I told you-all so)

    • Jana

      hahaha good one.

    • ChiefBoring

      That’s “y’all”, Sir! But thank you for remembering.

  • wandamurline

    Actually this is a blessing that he will not speak….he is a traitor to our country and to have him speak probably would have our dead patriots turning over in their graves. Thank you Lord that the liar in chief will not be attending…

  • jdn

    I bet Putin would come .

    • Dave

      Putin would come. I’d love to see it.

    • Dave

      Putin would come. I’d love to see it.

  • cal3301

    He is to busy fund raising for the DNC to be anoid by the likes of a Republican like Lincoln. Obama has all the graces of a magot.

  • Milly Vanilly

    He will be too busy with his calls to the Muslim Brotherhood all day !
    Joe Biden will be too busy polishing Barry/Obama’s (golf)balls for his next tax payer funded golf game with his 2 GAY golf PARTNERS !
    John Kerry will be too busy trying to STILL figure out how to tie his own shoes!
    ** Barry/Obama is a Foreign born Muslim terrorist…WHY would he bother to celebrate American tradition ?

    He doesn’t EVEN CARE ANYMORE about trying to hide his disgust of Americans, His EGO is SO big, it has it’s own Area Code…666 !

  • ted

    Good, his presence would disgrace the place.

  • Jana

    Ben Bullard said,” Barack Obama is the most powerful man on earth. If he wanted to be here on Nov. 19, he could make that happen.

    The fact that he is uninterested or unwilling to do so is deeply
    disappointing — and likely to lead to further division in our
    politically cleft nation.” Hmmmm

    This dainty effeminate man is really NOT very powerful. Everything he touches he ruins. He lies to get his way. His favorite game is the BLAME GAME. Actually it is a good thing that he is not DISHONORING the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by being there. He would just ruin that too.

    • ChiefBoring

      I doubt if Mr. Lincoln would be happy at his presence. And my folks were on the losing side at Getysburg, in the 18th Georgia at the Wheatfield on the second day.

  • bob arnold

    while ther could be a very good reason for him not attending he could have at least sent Biden or another important member of his cabinet than seceratary of the interior,we will i am sure find out why he or Biden could not attend and lets hope it was not something stupid as it has happened in the past.

    • ChiefBoring

      Important golf date!

  • Marnott

    Did Secretary Sally Jewell become a naturalized citizen? Just wondering if we had a Brit in a cabinet post since we appear to be fond of having many non-citizens in key positions in our government.

  • Chuckb

    We should celebrate the fact he won’t be there. The ghosts of the fallen soldiers would be aghast, “you mean this is why we died, to allow such a person to become our leader” back to the grave.

  • Oldmonkey

    Shows the POS for what he is

  • alboy5

    Turned upsidedown Obarfbag could be mistaken for Lincoln’s hat.

  • Toy Pupanbai

    The words would have choked him!

  • 10-N0v-1775

    We have already heard the first witch say ‘all this for a flag’, do we really want to hear the halfrican say ‘all this for some cracker’?

  • allen

    Using a teleprompter on this occasion would be highly inappropriate. Obama speaking at the event could only result in further drops in his approval rating.

  • Joan Cook

    Again I ask, and will get deleted, is Livingston going to be at Gettysburg?