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White House explains why Obama didn’t say “under God” in Gettysburg Address

Today I was having lunch with my dad, who recently changed jobs and is now able to come home at the noon hour, and we were discussing business and current events. My father asked me if I had heard about the newest “stink” in the White House over the President omitting “Under God” from his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, and I said no. We talked about what might possibly be going on, so I told him I’d look it up. My dad is a rather reasonable man, and he recognized that while he isn’t the biggest fan of the Presidents that even taking a breath makes some people mad at the President.

So with a little help from Google and a quick read this wasn’t a quick mystery to solve. It appears that the President was handed an originally copy of the speech by renowned documentarian Ken Burns, as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified. The phrase “Under God” seems to have been added later by President Lincoln in the middle of giving the speech. So if there is any blame to really delve out here, it seems that it might need to be aimed towards mister Burns, and I’m sure that he would be willing to have that conversation (he is a very professional and thorough arbiter or history).

The one tidbit that I would like to add to this conversation however is that it seems that the President’s harshest critics might be missing one piece of the puzzle in regards to their constant war with President Obama. Barack Obama was elected President of the United States 2 times – and he was the first man to be re-elected with more than fifty percent of the vote since Dwight D. Eisenhower (and yes, that was in the 1950’s…). The majority of the American people identify in some way with this man, and being on such a hair-trigger to condemn anything that he does isn’t seeming to help their credibility with the average voter, or non-voter (seeing as how non-voters tend to lean for the Democratic Party). If they want to truly revamp their party they need to consider a new path when it comes to dealing with this President. He hasn’t been as warm and friendly as some presidents of the past (i.e.: Bill Clinton), but that is also the case for his behavior with his own party. His personality is not really a partisan issue, just ask the Democrats in Congress.

*This is not an analysis of his governing abilities.

I’ve included the article from CBS News addressing the omission of “Under God” from the speech, and the White House reaction. I think for those of you reading this who are highly skeptical of President Obama you might want to consider what your best strategy moving forward might be in regards to rebuking him, as the game plan for the GOP thus far has not been successful.

White House explains why Obama didn’t say “under God” in Gettysburg Address

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President Obama irked some conservatives with his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, which he read aloud as part of a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of famous Lincoln speech. For the project, spearheaded by documentarian Ken Burns, a number of politicians and other high-profile people recorded themselves reading the Gettysburg Address. Some conservatives took offense to the president’s reading. “Lincoln added ‘Under God’ as he was looking out over battlefield. why would Obama remove?” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Twitter.

Conservative Christian leader Bryan Fischer added “Obama’s omission of ‘under God’ is more evidence of his anti-Christian bigotry. He honors Islam but disrespects Christianity.” White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday gave a simple explanation for the reading. “He read the version of the address that Ken Burns provided,” he said, noting that Burns is a “noted Civil War scholar.” Specifically, Carney said that Burns gave Mr. Obama the “Nicolay copy” of the Gettysburg Address — the first draft of the speech, named after John Nicolay, the White House staffer who preserved it.

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Lara Logan on Her Abduction in Tahrir Square – 60 Minutes

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I have a big fat crush on Lara Logan as a beautiful person, and a fantastic reporter. 60 Minutes is one of my favorite things I know about, and she might be my favorite part. It was very difficult to watch an listen to this interview, as Lara is very manner-of-factly describing every woman’s worst nightmare for them self, and their loved ones.

Climbing Without a Rope: The Ascent of Alex Honnold – 60 Minutes

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Although I am not as nimble, and strong pound for pound as I once was, I still feel my body simulating a climb as I watch this video. When I was a little boy my sisters and I used to climb trees nearly everyday. There was something very freeing about being out of reach of a somewhat restrictive world of an adolescent. And beyond thinking about my childhood this video has served as a metaphor for me about risk and reward. I can’t exactly imagine climbing cliffs like this without a rope, but the idea of being bold and brave really moves me to take some risks in my own life. Maybe I’ll just start by getting off of this computer for a little bit…

Hit Man: Has A Mobster Found Redemption – 60 Minutes

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Having watched plenty of mafia themed movies I always wonder what the real thing looks like. Apparently this is it…

The Late Night Shake Up: Jimmy, Jay, Dave, Jimmy, and Coco…

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A few years ago I had the chance to meet Jimmy Fallon, and he was an absolutely amazing person (also he had the softest hands I’d ever touched in my life, Seriously!). But below there is a clip of Jay and Jimmy having some funny during all of the confusion of figuring out what was next to come, and the other video is a part of the chaos after the announcement was made that Mr. Fallon would take over. For the last 20 years late night television has been a point of controversy, and the previous 30 years there was little doubt as to who the king of late night entertainment was – it was Johnny Carson. But now in this new age where there are a hundred times as many channels, and the nation is seemingly used to conflict we even end up with variety show battles between people who are all very funny and talented. This clip is proof that we’re dealing with professional comedians…

And here is the clip this morning from Morning Joe recapping all of the jokes on late night TV after the announcement.

And I decided that I want to include the clip from when I met David Letterman a couple of months ago. I know that he is not the focus of this story, but with the history of him getting snubbed for the Tonight Show I thought it was worth including.

The Counterintuitive Race to Save the Tortoise – 60 Minutes

The Race to Save the Tortoise – 60 Minutes

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There is something almost Shakespearean about this story as these turtle lovers take somewhat counterintuitive measures to save some of the Earth’s longest living inhabitants.

Jake: Math Prodigy Proud of His Autism – 60 Minutes

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This 60 minutes segment seems like it could be a mixed bag for most people, as it is inspiring, but it could also cause someone to think about their own life and skill sets as inadequate. I was very good at math as a little boy, almost exclusively. It was one of the few things that made me feel smart, so I could somewhat relate to Jake’s pride in how he thinks, but obviously I am no math prodigy. If only we could all take such pride in the things that we’re good at in regards to our mental capacities…

Bill O’Reilly on The Late Show with David Letterman. – YouTube

Bill O’Reilly on The Late Show with David Letterman. – YouTube.

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I love watching interviews of my favorite shows when Bill O’Reilly is on, because even though Mr. O’Reilly can be a bully on his own show he is usually much better behaved and the best version of his TV self on other people’s shows. I always watch for him to appear on The Daily Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Redshirting: Holding Kids Back From Kindergarten – 60 Minutes

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This report combines several things that I love, but mostly it starts a conversation about the premise of my favorite book Outliers. I think the part of the report that I find most interesting/telling is when Mr. Gladwell talks about how the people who take advantage of “red shirting” are the people who least need that competitive edge due to other circumstances.

Seriously, read the book “Outliers“.

Drinking Age Debate – 60 Minutes

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Having gone to college in the last few years I find this conversation to be very interesting. I think that it’s an important thing for us to discuss, and I don’t mean to be a party pooper. I would love to know what any Okies who are in their young 60’s think about this considering the changing of the drinking age while you were growing up. Incase a lot of you were unaware the drinking age in Oklahoma used to be 18 for girls, and 21 for boys, but there was a curfew for girls if I’ve been informed correctly. I good family friend of mine was actually instrumental in the case against the state of Oklahoma disputing the constitutionality of the gender discrimination for drinking ages in a case called “Craig v. Boren“. Mr. Craig is one of my personal heros, really having nothing to do with this case and everything to do with being a great man. Times and laws have changed, but a lot of the people are still around, and I would love to hear what all they think about this video from 2009.

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