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  •  Sure it is. (15+ / 0-)

    But it is still just a speech. Do we commemorate FDR's first Inaugural because it contained "The only thing we have to fear is Fear itself"? Or Kennedy's speech exhorting us to go to the Moon "in this decade"? Or Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall"? Or any other Presidential speech, for that matter? Recognizing the importance of a speech is one thing, but to make a big deal out of whether or not the sitting President goes to the site of one of his predecessors' speeches on its anniversary is rather silly.

    •  actually we do celebrate those speeches (6+ / 0-)

      but the Gettysburg is more critical than all of them, and is tied to a specific battle location, like going to Normandy on D-Day, and this is the 150th anniversary, a special one.

      i think the secret service is right to consider it a security nightmare, so I am glad he is not going.

      but frankly the Gettysburg is head and shoulders above the speeches you cite in your comment.  it is more in line with the I Have a Dream speech in terms of how it changed the nation, and we DID celebrate the anniversary of that speech and the president did go.

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 12:56:28 PM PST

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    •  Or the Martin Luther King Jr's (1+ / 0-)
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      "I have a dream" speech?

      There are speeches and then there are speeches that define us for generations (and whether or not a president made the speech is immaterial to my point).

      Of course the hoopla and fake controversy are silly.  But saying this speech is a good speech is gross understatement IMHO.

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      by Satya1 on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 03:46:44 PM PST

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      •  Some speeches are born great (2+ / 0-)
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        And the two premier examples are 'I have a dream' and Lincoln's second inaugural.

        Other very very good speeches are made great, and the Gettysburg address is this country's premier example. Precisely because it is so short, so very pithy, and in those few words so perfectly balanced between love for what this country is, love for what she must become, and respect for the sacrifices made on behalf of both, it has been set for children to learn by heart, generation after generation.

        It is the magnificent weight of that shared heritage, that shared understanding of what it means to be an American, which has raised this speech to the same level of importance as the other two.

        Unless of course you despise Abraham Lincoln, despise America and all she has stood for, and like half the modern GOP prefer the value system represented by the Stars and Bars. But it is a good thing that even those hypocrites with their brains fried in Fox oil still find themselves forced to pay at least lip service to Gettysburg.

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