One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln stood on the hallowed ground where the Battle of Gettysburg was waged and gave possibly one of the greatest speeches ever uttered by an American President. His words, all 272 of them, which take less than two minutes to deliver, had more impact than probably any other speech outside of FDR’s “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself” speech in 1941.
I guess it was a time when a president wasn’t concerned with hoodwinking voters and giving away piles of other peoples’ money; before the teleprompter, with a primped and primed president to deliver polished lines written by a troop of yes men, a man could show the depth of his soul, his appreciation, and feeling for what had transpired on that site.
Had Lincoln not given the speech, we would still remember the battle for its significance in the war, but the speech itself is probably more famous than the battle, that is how important it has become in the timeline of American History. I guess the current president didn’t realize that, or maybe just didn’t care about it when he skipped the anniversary events to “fix the website or something”
I guess, working on your public image because of the failed website on top of the monstrous pile of lies is more important than recognizing the 150th anniversary of the address. Then again, this is a man who when reciting the address for a Ken Burn’s documentary left out “under God,” in the line “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” Guess his teleprompter crapped out.