The great Allen Guelzo (one of the Power Line 100) wonders something simple: why didn’t President Obama or even Vice President Foot-in-Mouth attend any of the commemorative observances of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg this week? For that matter, why haven’t the mainstream media covered the story? From Breitbart:
[Guelzo] also noted that the three-day commemoration of the event, July 1-3, was not covered by any of the major networks. “Where is the Today Show? Where is Good Morning America?” said Guelzo. . . “One thing I tell people to do is just look around them here. This is a lot of people from all over the world. They are not here like they are at a theme park or a rock concert,” said Guelzo.
On the one hand, perhaps we should be grateful that Obama and Biden didn’t turn up: they’d surely twist it into an opportunity somehow to attack Republicans and lament American racism. As George Will argued, Gettysburg may be the world’s single most consequential military clash of the last 200 years. Or think of it this way: how would the media react if a Republican president skipped a key anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott, or any other liberal totem? (By the way, I predict some day the “Stonewall Riot” of 1969, a key moment in gay history, will be made a national holiday. But that’s a rant for another day.)