Obama won't attend Gettysburg Address remembrance

AP News
Posted: Oct 31, 2013 4:53 PM

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama's affinity for Abraham Lincoln was on display through his political rise, but he won't be on hand in a few weeks to mark one of the 16th president's signature moments.

The National Park Service said Wednesday that Obama will not be among the throng in Gettysburg on Nov. 19 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Like Lincoln, Obama came to national prominence through the politics of Illinois, where they both once served in the Legislature.

Obama began his presidential campaign in Springfield, Ill., a town with deep ties to Lincoln; traced his 1861 train route in coming to Washington and took the oath of office on Lincoln's Bible.