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Obama skips Gettysburg anninversary because of website's woes
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:10:47 AM »
:mauslaff: :bigsilly: :laughingdog:  Is this excuse a knee slapper or what? 88finger point 000hehehehe  Lincoln had a CIVIL WAR going on and rode the slow train to Gettysburg from D.C to honor the people fighting for freedom and we are expected to believe Obama was too concerned about a damn website to take a helicopter to Gettysburg? :pigs fly:

November 19, 2013, 04:18 pm
Obama skips Gettysburg anniversary because of website's woes

By Justin Sink 

President Obama didn’t attend Tuesday's ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address because of scheduling issues stemming from the rollout of his signature healthcare law, the White House said Tuesday.

Obama met with senators Tuesday morning to discuss ongoing negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program, and also appeared at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council’s annual meeting.

On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to attend a ceremony at President Kennedy’s grave in Arlington National Ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. Former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, are also scheduled to attend.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday noted that Obama had taped an appearance for a Ken Burns project on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which features other living presidents.

“Obviously, that address and that moment in time is seminal in our history. I think that all Americans across the country will have the opportunity to think about those words and that address,” Carney said.

Following stories questioning why the president had skipped the Gettysburg event, given his public affinity for President Lincoln, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that “it didn't work schedule-wise.”

In response to a journalist's Twitter query about what could be more important, Pfeiffer wrote: “Oh, I don't know, there's this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the [Democratic] Party.”

After Pfeiffer’s tweet got traction on Twitter, current and former White House officials mocked criticism of Obama for skipping the Gettysburg ceremony.

Former deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton joked he was “surprised it took the media so long to discover Obama's antipathy / total indifference to Lincoln.”

“He didn't even like the movie,” Burton quipped.

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau then joked that he “thought the foam party in the Lincoln Bedroom was uncalled for.”

Other former administration officials also started weighing in with sarcastic responses.

Former economic adviser Austan Goolsbee said that “terminating pensions for rail-splitters was just mean,” while former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor quipped it was also wrong to exempt “wooden teeth from all dental plans.”

Columnists in Pennsylvania had denounced Obama’s decision to skip the event.

“His dismissal of the request shows a man so detached from the duty of history, from the men who served in the White House before him, that it is unspeakable in its audacity," wrote Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Ask almost any person in this historic town; even his most ardent supporters here are stunned.”

This story was posted at 11:36 a.m. and updated at 4:37 p.m
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Re: Obama skips Gettysburg anninversary because of website's woes
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 08:28:33 AM »
You want to know the real reason?   Being booed at the same venue that Lincoln spoke would be his legacy and will remain with him forever.

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Re: Obama skips Gettysburg anninversary because of website's woes
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 08:53:40 PM »
Ok, he wasn't able to attend because of other, far more pressing matters (he spent the entire day writing code) (on your behalf) but he did send a nice note.

White House releases handwritten note Obama penned in tribute to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address after he is accused of snubbing predecessor

The White House released a letter Tuesday handwritten by President Obama and dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln and his historic Gettysburg Address.

Just like the unforgettable speech, Obama’s letter contains 272 words and became public on the 150th anniversary of the day Lincoln honored the soldiers who died in the Civil War bloodbath.

It also comes at a time when Obama is facing disastrous approval ratings and amid criticism he’s taken for choosing not to attend a Gettysburg memorial.


In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln's own hand.
I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Through the lines of weariness etched in his face, we know Lincoln grasped, perhaps more than anyone, the burdens required to give these words meaning. He knew that even a self evident truth was not self executing; that blood drawn by the lash was an affront to our ideals; that blood drawn by the sword was in painful service to those same ideals.

He understood as well that our humble efforts, our individual ambitions, are ultimately not what matter; rather, it is through the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary men and women -- those like the soldiers who consecrated that battlefield -- that this country is built, and freedom preserved. This quintessentially self made man, fierce in his belief in honest work and the striving spirit at the heart of America, believed that it falls to each generation, collectively, to share in that toil and sacrifice.

Through cold war and world war, through industrial revolutions and technological transformations, through movements for civil rights and women's rights and workers rights and gay rights, we have. At times, social and economic change have strained our union. But Lincoln's words give us confidence that whatever trials avoid us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail.

I don't know about the rest of you but I am soooo moved by Obama's letter. In fact, I am headed to the bathroom right now.
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Re: Obama skips Gettysburg anninversary because of website's woes
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 09:10:57 PM »
These people really are infantile and they are acting very defensive.  I think they're getting a lot of heat from a lot of places they're not used to feeling it from. 
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