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Obama Speech Compared To Gettysburg Address

From a besotted Politico:

Maraniss: Obama’s ‘Gettysburg’

By PATRICK GAVIN | December 17, 2012

President Barack Obama’s speech Sunday evening in Newtown, Conn., prompted one of his biographer’s, David Maraniss, to compare it to another Illinois politician: Abraham Lincoln.

“People will long remember what Barack Obama said in Newtown…his Gettysburg address,” wrote Maraniss on Twitter, making what seems to be a nod to Lincoln’s remarks at Gettysburg in 1863…

Maraniss added, “There were so many levels to President Obama’s speech: philosophical, sorrowful, determined, universal, simple, beautiful.”

Stop and think how much our culture has changed that someone who is considered to be a serious person, would even make such a comparison. Look at the two situations: fighting a Civil War versus a lunatic gunning down children.

We have become a nation of imbeciles.

The Washington Post editor penned “Barack Obama: The Story,” a biography of the president that came out this year.

Perhaps the book should have been called, “Barack Obama: A Love Story.”

Others also felt that Obama’s speech hit the right mark.

“I Think President Obama Just Delivered One Of The [greatest] Presidential Speeches In The History Of The US, Newtown Memorial Service.Peace2U” wrote filmmaker Spike Lee on Twitter.

Well, if such a master of the English language thinks so, who are we to disagree?

“That may be the finest speech Obama has ever given,” said the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza…

Even the New Yorker liked his speech? Amazing.

Still, didn’t everyone in the media express similar praise for Obama’s ‘Together We Thrive’ speech, after the Tucson shootings? Where he denounced the use of divisive rhetoric?

Which he followed up by running the ugliest, most divisive re-election campaign in history. A detail the news media conveniently ignored.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Obama Speech Compared To Gettysburg Address”

  1. yadayada says:

    “his Gettysburg address,” making what seems to be a nod to Lincoln’s remarks at Gettysburg

    seems to be a nod? this is writing?
    because Obama his self is so.”philosophical, sorrowful, determined, universal, simple, beautiful.”
    this guy’s giving nerobama a literary lewinsky.
    another slobbering sycophant looking to sell another slobbering sycophantic book about the new black Lincoln
    how many books have been written about this clown? and yet they still know so little about who he is.
    of course some of us have known all along who he is.
    the black, oops, ahem, blank canvas upon which we can paint all our hopes and dreams for a better Omerika.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Note on the Gettysburg Address

    by H.L. Mencken

    The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history…the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination – that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves.

    Soooo … Maraniss may be right after all.

    As the War of Yankee Aggression stripped America of our rule of law under the Constitution and replaced it with a fetid corrupt Federalism overseen and thrust upon us by a few controlling Opium-Warlord northeastern families, Obama’s Newtown speech may well strip us of our 2nd Amendment rights to self-defense in the face of the last acts of a tyrannical Federalism bent upon total domination and eradication of self-determination.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Ballsy view of the “civil war”. Tip of the grey slouch cap to you. Gotta hand it to the 20th Maine though. Some bad boys.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’ve gone into “completely ignore this a**hole” mode. I do not hear anything he says. Even when Rush is playing a soundbite of some lip-flappery of his, I turn the sound off.

    It does wonders for my disposition. Sure, I hear what others tell me the dork has said but, given that I still have the right to ignore him, I do so at every opportunity. I do this with TV commercials, TV shows I think are stupid, the newspapers, the commentary that inevitably comes my way from sports announcers…the mute button is a very effective tool.

    For those who say that “You’re being biased and how can you possibly get a reasonable assessment of what the other side is saying?” I read it in quotation marks, if I feel the need. But largely, I already know what they’re saying.

    They hate me,
    They hate themselves,
    They hate not having control over others,
    They hate, they hate, they hate.

    From my wonderfully full Big Gulp 32 oz to my 320 HP automobile, they hate. They hate what I have, what I do, where I live. They hate that other people don’t have what I have and a career that I do because I somehow “stole” it from someone else.

    So I refuse to partake of their nonsense. This is not to say that I’m rude to people or that I refuse to acknowledge their existence. I don’t like them, but they have every right to be here as much as I do. I just avoid them like the plague.

    I like to watch PBS’s NOVA series but when leftist drivel makes it into one of their episodes, I cut it off. As regards that too…I don’t pay for TV, being as it is a heavily owned bastion of liberal hypocrisy. My television cannot be monitored for what I’m watching as I’m not attached to anything remotely capable of reporting my viewing habits. I also mute TV commercials, much as I love capitalism.

    By being intentionally discriminating, I avoid 90% of the liberal world. Going to walmart is about the only thing that makes me even see much of it. The people I see there who claim to be “victims” of “oppressive society” are the same as they’ve always been since I was a kid. Poorly dressed and even more poorly-mannered; Not very bright; frequently having a blank expression on their faces.

    And yet, the liberal would say, “So…you’d get rid of them…wouldn’t you?”. First, that’s an assumption that is uncalled for. Second, I avoid them. I have little in common with them. I work for a living, take care of my things, I read for recreation, have a well-paying job that requires me to think, and I’m reaping the rewards of the years I put in the military and college in order to have a life I can call my own.

    So when some dipsh*t like obama is talking, I ignore him. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a slanted, pathetic attempt to tell me I’m stupid and I need to think like he does. I don’t and I won’t. I’ve worked with people like him many times. He is remarkable only in that such a sophomoric rhetoric-driven imbecile is where he is, elected by an even more rhetoric-driven, imbecilic electorate.

    I’m a separatist. I separate myself from people like him. It’s purely intentional.

    • Anonymoose says:

      Well put, Rusty. Obama was likened to FDR , Lincoln, and Washington before he even took office, and then there was the Nobel Peace Prize. I can’t stand to hear Obama talk, he sounds just like that little kid on the playground who talks tough but can’t back it up, and depends on teachers around to keep out of trouble.

      I just don’t care about his “has to go it alone if Congress won’t go with him” lectures, his speeches about openness and having one of the most closed up administrations in history; the closest I think we saw to his true personality was in the second debate when his eyes were shooting daggers at Romney and upping the hostility as someone had pointed out to him he might lose.

      Simple truth is if he hadn’t done this speech something else would have been labeled the “greatest speech of all time.” The Gettysburg Address was short and to the point, everyone knows what “fourscore and seven years ago” means. I’ve noticed no one’s repeating the apt soundbites of his speech because there are none. As with everything else he’s done the attribution is given because they want to see him as great, not because he is.

  4. JohnMG says:

    Here! Here!

    Rusty, we must get toogether and have a drink sometime.

  5. Freedom615 says:

    “…Four score and..uh, er…uh, seven years ago,,,uh, ummm, our..uh, forefathers, er, umm brought forth….er,uh,umm, let me be perfectly clear….”

    Yeah, right.

  6. River0 says:

    Obama’s Newtown Address:

    “Eleven score and sixteen years ago the white colonial power structure set up an oppressive and brutal system, conceived in bondage and dedicated to racism, that made them all wealthy and powerful beyond reason.

    “Now I and my Democrat Party are engaged in a cold civil war, testing whether this nation, or any nation so conceived, can be fundamentally transformed into a perfectly fair collective. We are met on a great media battlefield of this war, and have come to wring forth great polling numbers that will reinforce our position as saviors of Liberalism, and the Progressive Utopia we are all entitled to.

    “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. There are no sacred or holy things. Just the power of our human reason. The brave minorities, living and dead, who struggle here have honored it almost as much as my power to add or detract. The world will note, and long remember what I say here, and I will never let it forget what we did here.

    “It is for us the living, to be dedicated here to the redistributive work which we in Washington have thus far so nobly advanced. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under me, shall have a new birth of fairness, wellness, entitlements, and social justice—and that equal government of the needy, by the needy, and for the needy, shall not perish from the earth.”

  7. Astravogel says:

    Lawsy me, the man sho’ can talk a blue streak!

    Also, and off topic, I heard this one last night on a TV show the missus
    was watching; “I don’t worry much about what people think. They don’t
    do it much.”

    This has to fit somwhere….

  8. beefeater says:


    What did he say?

  9. Enthalpy says:

    It’s just one more steaming shovel full. Further, Maraniss added, “There were so many levels to President Obama’s speech: philosophical, sorrowful, determined, universal, simple, beautiful.”

    Mr. Maraniss’ comment reminds me of the old joke about a fart on the elevator- just wrong at every level.

  10. Chrispbass says:

    BFD! He is an ***actor***. Even if it was a good speech, he sure as hell didn’t write it.

    I didn’t see it. Seeing him spew his hypocritical bile makes me want to throw up.

  11. AcornsRNutz says:

    I espescially enjoyed the line about how we need to “Try as a country to be worthy of their (the victims) memory”. How can a president say something like that?

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