Friday, November 1, 2013

Obama to skip Gettysburg anniversary

The president who relished in being compared to Abe Lincoln prior to his election and during his first term has now chosen to skip observances surrounding the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address.

The Washington Times notes:
A journalist at Harrisburg’s Patriot News said Mr. Obama doesn’t have “the stones” to attend; York’s Daily Record newspaper called the decision “unacceptable” and said “Mr. Obama’s retreat from Gettysburg will linger long and bitter.”
As Obama's popularity seems to be waning,  it strikes me the White House may now be more wary of events and venues where it can't control who gets picked for his audience.

On a more cynical note, based on Obama's continued reliance on divisive rhetoric and agenda, it might also be said Mr. Obama may prefer to keep stoking the fires of his own civil war rather than be seen as attaching himself to Mr. Lincoln's call for national reunification during the last one.

Audience at Gettysburg Address, 1863 / Library of Congress

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