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Friday, January 03, 2014

Obama Recites Gettysburg Address

The much respected creator of documentaries for public television, Ken Burns, asked President Obama to recite the Gettysburg address for a new film Burns is making. Most people were shocked to learn that, in reciting this famous speech, Obama chose to omit the words “under God” after “one nation” The phrase “one nation under God” are the most famous words in one of the most famous speeches ever given in America, and I daresay most Americans feel somewhat insulted by what Obama did.

Some commentators have circulated a draft of the Gettysburg Address that omits those words, but the preponderance of evidence is that Abraham Lincoln did include “Under God” in his famous oration. Three independent reporters, including a reporter for the Associated Press telegraphed their transcriptions of Lincoln’s speech to their editors immediately after Lincoln spoke on November 19, 1863. All three transcriptions include the words “Under God,” and no contemporaneous reports of Lincoln’s speech omit them. No explanation was issued by the White House about Obama’s omission of the famous words, so we are left to assume that this is all part of Obama’s plan to secularize America and to forbid any mention of God at any public event.

The Gettysburg Address, as Lincoln spoke it, and has been memorized by thousands of American school children, says: We are “here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they 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 a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Listen to the radio commentary here:



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