Obama reads a version of the Gettysburg Address that omits God? Say it isn’t true!
President Obama irked some conservatives with his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, which he read aloud as part of a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of famous Lincoln speech.
For the project, spearheaded by documentarian Ken Burns, a number of politicians and other high-profile people recorded themselves reading the Gettysburg Address.
Some conservatives took offense to the president’s reading.
“Lincoln added ‘Under God’ as he was looking out over battlefield. why would Obama remove?” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Twitter.
Conservative Christian leader Bryan Fischer added “Obama’s omission of ‘under God’ is more evidence of his anti-Christian bigotry. He honors Islam but disrespects Christianity.”
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.
Ken Burns is such a silly liberal squish that I can imagine him wanting to chase God out of the occasion. However, in regard to Obama he either thought getting God out was a grand idea, or he was too unfamiliar with the Gettysburg address to realize the omission. Here is the background story on the inclusion of the phrase under God in the original speech:
We have five drafts of the Gettysburg address that Lincoln wrote: three have the phrase “under God” and two do not. That Lincoln spoke the phrase during the Gettysburg address we can be certain of, because three reporters were present when he gave the speech, and all three have “under God” in their accounts of Lincoln’s speech.
I like the exclusion by Obama, however. Lincoln was a great President who saw the will of God being worked out in the turbulent times that he led America through. Obama is a small minded, petty incompetent who degrades the office he holds. There is nothing “under God” about the current way this country is being led and Obama’s omission symbolizes that.