Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: Where is President Obama?

Edward Everett delivered the main address at Gettysburg 150 years ago. His two hours long horation was eclipsed by President Lincoln’s 272 words, 272 simple words expressing America in two minutes. The memorable Gettysburg Address, often memorized by school children. The Obama horations, memorized by none, not even the President. President Obama professes to admire President Lincoln. President Obama was twice sworn in on the Lincoln Bible. So where is the great orator of our day? He’s not at Gettysburg. President Lincoln freed the slaves. President Obama is the first African American President of the United States. Where is the President who delivers beautifully cadenced poetry? Is he on the golf course? They exist in Gettysburg and Camp David. Is he out campaigning, yet again? He claims to have one campaign left in him. Is he traveling on vacation? Camp David is only a few miles from Gettysburg. It’s a short drive in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. Is TOTUS broke? President Lincoln did not need a teleprompter. He spoke from the heart. President Lincoln handwrote his speeches, often toiling over the precise words to use. President Lincoln was a man of simple, basic values. President Lincoln, as was common in his times, was essentially self-educated, but widely read in the classics and history. President Obama spoke at the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s great “I Have a Dream Speech.” President Obama is strangely silent on the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. President Obama sent the Secretary of the Interior to Gettysburg. Who is the Secretary of the Interior? Presidents Lincoln and Obama came to Washington from Illinois. Is President Obama perchance paying a visit today to the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. or the Lincoln Monument in Springfield? Not that we know of. President Lincoln delivered a short speech, expressing American values. His magnificent phrases of the American government “of the people, by the people, for the people ” in a nation dedicated to the principle that “all men are created equal.” President Obama campaigned on class warfare. President Obama uttered “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it. Period.” That’s the phrase defining the President today. President Obama’s orations are cadenced, but empty. His phrases “Audacity of Hope,” An economy built to last, ”Nation-building at home,” “We are the ones we have been waiting for,” and “Yes we can” were cribbed from others. His great campaign slogan “Hope and Change” is now “Hope for Change.” President Obama realizes, deep down, that he cannot overshadow President Lincoln. President Obama is apparently in the White House mulling over his falling polls and failing ObamaCare. Presidential advisor Dan Pfeiffer said the President was too busy with "that website thing." Maybe that's the problem. Is the President trying to write code? President Lincoln grew in office. President Obama is sowing a shrinking Presidency. President Lincoln was not governed by polls, but by America.

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