Why would a man as enamored of Abraham Lincoln, as Big Guy professes to be, pass up the opportunity to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of what is perhaps the most historic address in American history? I’ll try to explain.
First, a brief review of how Barry has displayed his admiration for Lincoln, the man and the President, from the moment he decided he wanted to be the leader of the free world:
- Big Guy kicked off his 2008 presidential campaign with an eloquent 25 minute announcement at the old State House in Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois.
- He returned there again, on the way to accepting his destiny at the Denver Democratic Convention, to announce Joey B as his Vice President pick (apparently he still owes Springfield $55,000 for that visit).
- And while many thought that DNC convention stage was designed to look like a Greek temple, it was actually designed to resemble the façade of the Lincoln memorial; because he thought that highly of Lincoln. The elaborate stage served as the set for BO’s eloquent 42 minute acceptance speech.
- He rode into Washington D.C for his inauguration on the train from Philadelphia, just like Lincoln did in 1861 - even though he doesn’t know a single soul in Philadelphia. Butt he’s been known to enjoy a cheese steak.
- He took the oath of office on Lincoln’s bible (twice):
And I can bear witness to the fact that, just like Hillary used to “commune” with previous FLOTUS Eleanor Roosevelt while she and Bubba lived here, Big Guy has been known to commune with Abe as well.
It started out well enough, with weekly consultations on matters of policy:
And he even ran over to the Lincoln Memorial from time to time, to commiserate at the feet of President Lincoln.
Butt soon, Abe started to tell him things he didn’t want to hear:
And soon, Barry began to grow a little paranoid, complaining about Abe constantly looking over his shoulder,
in a judgmental way that Big Guy was neither used to or comfortable with. In fact, Abe started second-guessing some of the decisions BO wasn’t making,
…an some of the issues he wasn’t being advised of:
Soon their weekly coaching sessions began to be less productive than they once were:
Shortly after that, BO began to find his little ad hoc discussions with Abe less and less fulfilling:
And BO began to resent Abe leaving calling cards laying around the Big White House inscribed with cryptic little messages:
So as Barry reviewed the Gettysburg Address, and saw that Abe had managed to pack more import into a 2 minute speech than he has after 5 1/2 years of eloquent articulation, he started to feel…no, not inadequate; more like unappreciated. And you know how prickly people can get when they no longer feel like they’re getting their props:
Pic h/t to the enduring wisdom of Cripes Suzette
So, yes, Barry blew off the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in order to address the Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO council meeting. The WSJ doesn’t mind if he uses TOTUS to help him with his words, and they don’t try to make him feel smaller for it. Unlike certain other people around here who have taken to criticizing almost everything Big Guy does lately.
The Gettysburg Address, delivered on November 19, 1863, as inscribed on the South Wall of the Lincoln Memorial:
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 BATTLEFIELD 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 CAN NOT DEDICATE~WE CAN NOT CONSECRATE~WE CAN NOT 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 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 •
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