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Obama declines Gettysburg invitation

November 15, 2013 - Jim Anderson
Tuesday, Nov. 19, marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

President Barack Obama was invited to attend ceremonies planned at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, but has declined.

That, of course, disappoints local officials but has also led to a fresh round of Obama criticisms, including this zinger from political reporter Saleno Zito at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“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.”

Yes, well.

It’s not as if he told them to cancel the ceremony.

The administration is sending Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell as its representative.

The White House has yet to offer an explanation why the president chose not to attend.

Perhaps some day we’ll find out.



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