Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Gettysburg Address - 152 Years Ago

Today, 152 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most enduring speeches in American history - The Gettysburg Address.


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
So many Americans gave their lives for our way of life. The sacrifice they made to defend our freedom is so great.

"From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain."


Remember two years ago, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, there was an effort to teach Lincoln's immortal words?


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

Obama's recitation of the speech was notable for what he DIDN'T say.

Flashback, from Breitbart: Obama Removes 'God' from Gettysburg Address
Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words "under God" from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.

Burns had filmed all living presidents as well as various Hollywood personalities and luminaries to pay homage to the speech which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, today.

Plante broke the story on Washington DC talk radio station WMAL on his mid-morning program, "The Chris Plante Show."

WMAL reports:
Curiously enough, in his version of the speech, President Barack Obama's delivery contained an omission - in a line that every other celebrity delivered as "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom," the President left out the words "under God."
The video of Obama's rendition of the speech can be seen below. It is unlisted (for now) on the Ken Burns YouTube page.

Not surprising that Obama did that. Not at all.


Tom Stedham said...

Just to clarify:
White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday gave a simple explanation for the reading.

"He read the version of the address that Ken Burns provided," he said, noting that Burns is a "noted Civil War scholar."

Specifically, Carney said that Burns gave Mr. Obama the "Nicolay copy" of the Gettysburg Address -- the first draft of the speech, named after John Nicolay, the White House staffer who preserved it.


Mary said...

I suppose it's possible that Obama, so reliant on teleprompters and scripts, wouldn't be aware of the missing reference to God. Still, didn't the "brilliant" Obama learn the Gettysburg Address as a kid and notice those important missing words? Wouldn't a staff member recognize the omission? Apparently not.

Did "Civil War scholar" Ken Burns give Cardinal Dolan a different copy of the Address to read? His version includes God. Did Cardinal Dolan take it upon himself to choose the version with God? Why the difference?

According to the WMAL report, other celebrities read the "under God" line.

Blame Ken Burns, right?