Gettysburg Address 150 years ago. John Caldwell’s Pennsylvania 61st force-marched to join the fight but the tide had turned and they were allowed to sleep. President Obama won’t be there to mark the occasion because he has “other commitments”, detailed here:
10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:45 am || Meets with bipartisan group of senators to discuss Iran; Roosevelt Room
3:15 pm || Delivers remarks and answers questions at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting; Washington
4:30 pm || Meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel
Here’s the World Socialist Web Site’s (I kid you not) view of things:
One hundred and fifty years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. He spoke at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of the bloodiest battlefield of the Civil War, where less than five months earlier some 46,000 soldiers had been counted dead, wounded or missing.
In just 271 words, comprising ten sentences, in remarks lasting scarcely over two minutes, Lincoln placed the battle, the war and history itself in the context of the struggle for human equality.
It is politically significant that President Barack Obama has spurned invitations to the event being held today at Gettysburg National Cemetery commemorating the historic and beloved speech. This follows his decision not to attend the July gathering marking the 150th anniversary of the battle itself.
Obama, after all, attempted to attach his name to that of Lincoln in his first campaign for the presidency, and he seldom misses the chance to drape himself in the mantle of “military glory—that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood,” to borrow a phrase from a speech Lincoln delivered in 1848 opposing American military aggression against Mexico.
The words of the Gettysburg Address, however, cannot settle comfortably in the ears of a president who has done more to advance inequality and eviscerate democratic rights than any other in American history.
Does anybody still like this guy?
UPDATE: After previously claiming unspecified “scheduling conflicts” would prevent Obama from attending the anniversary, the White House discovered today that the prez was sticking around to apply his laser-like focus on the ObamaCare website woes. That’s not what they claimed when they announced his decision to stay away on October 13th, two weeks into the disaster, and not what they claimed during the last six weeks until this morning, until the political heat grew too much.