Obama Leaves Out “Under God” in Recitation of Gettysburg Address

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 19, 2013   |   12:57PM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama has a history of downplaying thanks to God at important occasions and new reports indicate he did it again during a recitation of the Gettysburg Address.

According to a report in Brietbart News, Obama omitted the words “under God” from the Gettysburg Address when reciting speech for a documentary historian Ken Burns was making. Burns was filming presidents and other celebrities to honor the speech, which marks its 150th anniversary today as delivered by President Abraham Lincoln.



WMAL reports:

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.”

UPDATE: The Daily Caller reports that leaving God out of the address may have been intentional, but not by President Obama.

The “Learn the Address” website notes that “We asked President Obama to read … the ‘Nicolay Version’” of the Gettsyburg Address, which omits the words “under God.” That disclosure does not appear alongside Obama’s video on the site.

The video appears below:

Last year, for the fourth straight year, the Thanksgiving message from President Barack Obama failed to actually thank God — which is the fundamental reason why Thanksgiving is observed.