Obama won’t attend 150th anniversary commemoration of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Pa.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — President Barack Obama’s affinity for Abraham Lincoln was on display through his political rise, but he won’t be on hand in a few weeks to mark one of the 16th president’s signature moments. Obama will not be among the throng in Pennsylvania on Nov. 19 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the National Park Service said Wednesday.
Like Lincoln, Obama came to national prominence through the politics of Illinois, where they both once served in the Legislature.
Obama began his presidential campaign in Springfield, Ill., a town with deep ties to Lincoln; traced Lincoln’s 1861 train route in coming to Washington and even took the oath of office on Lincoln’s Bible.
For months, planners had held out hope that Obama would be at Soldier’s National Cemetery for the reading of the famous oration, first delivered on Nov. 19, 1863, more than four months after the Civil War’s pivotal battle. More than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg are buried there.
Instead, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will represent the administration, sharing keynote speaker status with historian James McPherson. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony.
No disrespect to Mr Jewell but the Sec'y of Interior but sending him just show how little the Administration cares.
Perhaps it's because it's because Pres. Obama the secularist is uncomfortable with Lincoln's philosophy.
Though Lincoln was a racist by modern standards (he would not grant blacks full rights of citizenship) he never doubted they were full human beings with the right to "keep the fruits of the labor earned by the sweat of their brow" and "No one stamped with the image of the Creator was born to be trampled and imbruted." [parapgrasing here, I don't have the quotes in front of me]