President Barack Obama will not attend an event next month marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania, national park officials said. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will instead represent the administration at the Nov. 19 sesquicentennial, according to officials.
Jewell and historian James McPherson will share the role of keynote speaker. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony. McPherson, a top Civil War historian who won the Pulitzer for "Battle Cry of Freedom," said he was surprised by Obama's decision.
"I thought he would probably come. He identifies with Lincoln and knows a great deal about him," McPherson said in an interview. "It might have been an opportunity for him to say something important, maybe enhance a tarnished image. He's going through a rough patch right now." [AP via MSN News]
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