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Letter: Most presidents 'snubbed' Gettysburg

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In his letter published Nov. 21, David C. Couch asks "Why did President Obama snub Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln's historic speech?", parroting (I must assume) the latest rantings from the Breitbart right-wing conspiracy-nut website, amplified by way of the unabashed propagandists at "Faux News."

Allow me to complete his question: Why did Presidents Andrew Johnson, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama snub Gettysburg and Lincoln? 

That's right, the only two Presidents ever to go to Gettysburg on Nov. 21 were William Howard Taft and Lincoln himself.  This is not an issue; it is just another example of right-wing extremists, unable to find real problems to address, grasping at anything to express their dismay that the United States has actually progressed to the point of electing a black man President.

The internet has made many good things possible, but, alas, it (and the aforementioned imitation news organization) also make us long for the days when all we had to do was cross the street to avoid the lunatic raving on his soapbox.

Peter Gerlach


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