Posted on November 18th, 2013 in Commemorative, Health Care, History, liberty, National Politics | No Comments »
Thank you for indulging me in a moment of satire. For more serious fare, you can read my review of the 2012 movie Lincoln, a brief reflection on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, and my recommended list of essential Lincoln books.
News reports indicated that President Obama had opted to steer clear of the festivities surrounding the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address. But at the last moment, searching desperately for some positive publicity to stimulate his flagging poll numbers, the Commander-in-Chief changed his mind.
Quietly trying to stay out of the limelight, and pull off a public relations surprise, Obama and his contingent of senior staff and security boarded the high-speed train from the nation’s capital to the rolling farm country of southern Pennsylvania. In a moment of solitude he reviewed the address his speechwriters had drafted for him mere hours ago.
But something about the speech – full of boilerplate historical accounts of a conflict most American students don’t even learn about anymore – didn’t resonate. “I need to come up with something that brings people back to a happier time, not this boring tripe,” he thought. So in the silence of a midnight train ride to Gettysburg, he took out some scrap pieces of paper, his ball point pen, and started from scratch: (more…)