Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Obama Won't Attend Gettysburg Event, Will Attend JFK Events

What is Obama doing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?

He's not going to Gettysburg.

From FOX News: Local community 'stunned' by Obama decision to not attend Gettysburg event

President Obama is drawing criticism for not planning to attend an event marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, with one journalist telling Fox News’ Megyn Kelly the local community is “stunned” by his decision.

Salena Zito of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said on “The Kelly File” that she has spoken with Gettysburg residents of all political affiliations who are “incredibly disappointed” over Obama’s decision to send Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to represent his administration instead of attending himself.

“They are just stunned by his decision not to attend the Gettysburg Address, it’s the 150th anniversary, it’s one of the most pivotal speeches in our nation’s history…” she said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama’s schedule for Tuesday has not changed, and he plans to meet with Defense Secretary Hagel and conduct other meetings.
Obama makes time to call Sandra Fluke.

Obama makes time to play 150 rounds of golf as president.

Obama makes time to trot all over the country for fundraisers and staged campaign-style events to advance his agenda.

But Obama just couldn't manage to squeeze in an appearance at GETTYSBURG.

However, Obama is finding plenty of time to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

From McClatchy:

President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy's gravesite and honor two of the late president's legacies this week as the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death in Dallas.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama will accompany former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at a wreath-laying ceremony at Kennedy's grave site in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, the Associated Press first reported.

At the White House that day, Obama will bestow the Presidential Medal of Honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the executive order signed by Kennedy that established the medal -- the highest award the U.S. bestows on civilians.

...Obama also plans a speech on Kennedy's legacy of service with a dinner at the Smithsonian American History Museum with current and past recipients of the medal in attendance, including baseball's Hank Aaron, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, singer Aretha Franklin, economist Alan Greenspan, activist Jesse Jackson and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

On Friday -- 50 years to the day Kennedy was assassinated -- Obama is to meet privately at the White House with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps, which Kennedy established in 1961.
Obama has a full day of events to mark Kennedy's assassination, but he can't spare the time to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a defining moment in American history, and visit that hallowed ground.

Very bad decision. Very, very bad.