Will President Obama Travel To Gettysburg Next Month?

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obama_lincolnThe 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is fast approaching. Click here for a rundown of events sponsored by the National Park Service in Gettysburg and various other organizations.

President Barack Obama has been invited to speak, but at this point has yet to confirm. We all know of the president’s close identification with our 16th president and for the obvious reasons his presence in Gettysburg should have been confirmed by now.

Why it hasn’t is a mystery to me, but perhaps these trips are scheduled late for security purposes. Given recent anti-NPS rhetoric, it would be nice to see the president side by side with Gettysburg Park officials.

So, do you think the president will travel to Gettysburg next month?

13 comments… add one

  • jfepperson Oct 27, 2013

    I think he should, and IMO it would be a major mis-step—absent a true crisis—to fail to appear.

  • Brendan Bossard Oct 27, 2013

    Pres. Obama will be there on the 150th. How could he not? This is literally a one-time opportunity.

  • Al Mackey Oct 27, 2013

    The poll results aren’t in yet, so he is yet to decide.

  • Adam Oct 27, 2013

    I think if he asks to come the National Park Service should say “thank you, but no, you barricaded our entrance last month. You are not invited or welcomed.”

    • Kevin Levin Oct 27, 2013

      The president has already been invited by the National Park Service. Your comment suggests that you have no idea why the NPS was forced to close its doors during the shutdown.

  • Louis Welsh Oct 27, 2013

    Absolutely. It is imperative that The President should speak and Honor Gettysburg and President Lincoln on the 150th Anniversary of his Address.

  • Patrick Young Oct 27, 2013

    If folks want him to come, it might be good to organize a campaign to ask him to attend.

  • Betty Giragosian Oct 27, 2013

    Of course he will be there. What an opportunity!!! He would not miss it for the world.

  • eclecticdog Oct 29, 2013

    President Obama will go and deliver a speech subpar to Lincoln’s (really, who could do speechifying better than Ole’ Abe?).

  • Sir Oct 29, 2013

    Don’t know – don’t much care.

    I just hope the NPS doesn’t bring back Doris Kearns Goodwin for a speech……..

  • Brad Oct 30, 2013

    I hope so and think he will.

    • Kevin Levin Oct 31, 2013

      Thanks. I updated the blog yesterday.

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