Obama recited the Gettysburg Address for a Ken Burns documentary. Unfortunately he just left out the same thing that he has a tendency to eliminate from his speeches.
He does it every year in his Thanksgiving message. But the Gettysburg Address is not a free form speech. It has a specific text.
Curiously enough, in his version of the speech, President Barack Obama’s delivery contained an omission – in a line that every other celebrity delivered as “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” the President left out the words “under God.”
Liberals will scramble to say that Obama used the Nicolay Copy, instead of the Bliss Copy, of the Gettysburg Address. You can tell because he says, “The Nation” instead of “This Nation.” And there’s only one copy that leaves out God and uses “The Nation”.
You’re going to see liberal fact checkers making this same argument before too long. But there’s one problem.
The Bliss Copy is the only official copy that is actually used. It’s the one that Lincoln, titled signed and dated. The Nicolay Copy is considered a draft. God appears in 3 out of the 5 copies. Clearly Lincoln did say “Under God”.
There was no reason for Obama to use an early draft of the Gettysburg Address except to specifically avoid saying “Under God”.
But at least he left in “a new birth of freedom.” We all know he doesn’t believe in that either.