Obama Omits ‘Under God’ From Gettysburg Address

Posted by on November 19, 2013
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150 years ago today, one of the greatest speeches of all-time was read by President Abraham Lincoln. He honored the thousands who perished on the battlefield on November 19, 1863 by expressing words that would live on through time and be read by many prominent individuals long after his speech. Fifty-one thousand casualties were counted when the fighting ceased in 1863, including 8,000 deaths, a toll that Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, pledged the nation “can never forget.”

President Obama took part in delivering Lincoln’s address along with many other prominent figures, including all living Presidents as part of a documentary by Ken Burns. You can watch the collaboration here.

Below is the omission of ‘Under God’ by President Obama at the 1:35 mark:

Some will say that Obama was working from an earlier draft of the speech known as the “Nicolay copy”, which did not include ‘under God’. Those in the White House and the President himself had to know that this was not the final version of Lincoln’s speech, right? Why would they choose the version without God?  This was not the version Lincoln delivered 150 years ago. The question to ask is, was President Obama just instructed by pin-heads to read a version that Lincoln didn’t even deliver or did he just not want to say ‘under God’ himself? The latter is definitely not far-fetched as he has chosen to avoid God many other times as well.

From The Blaze, there are several versions (up to 10) of the address. Some of them do not include the phrase “under God.” However, the commonly accepted Associated Press version does include it.

Here is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

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 battle-field 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.

— Abraham Lincoln

Nov. 19, 1863

Also to be noted, thousands will gather Tuesday on the battlefield just 65 miles from the White House to remember those who sacrificed so much for this great country. Of those thousands, President Obama will not be in attendance as he chooses to stay away from this sacred ground. He will be talking about the economy instead. Oh joy! This is incredibly strange given that President Obama has often compared himself to Lincoln and this would be another opportunity he would have in hearing himself yet again. Oh well, back to measuring Obama’s nose growth.

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J Craig

Editor-in-Chief at ANM News
J Craig is the founder & Editor-in-chief of ANM News. He is a passionate, patriotic citizen who believes in individual liberty, fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility, and limited government. J is also a contributor for Examiner.com and The Liberty Eagle.

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