President Obama’s Handwritten Essay Marking The 150th Anniversary Of The Gettysburg Address.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Kori Schulman
Kori Schulman

November 19, 2013
07:02 PM EST

 

One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in U.S. history from Gettysburg, PA. In dedicating the military cemetery where thousands of soldiers were buried following the Battle of Gettysburg, fought just four months earlier, Lincoln described “a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

 

Paying tribute to the historic speech, President Obama hand wrote an essay for an exhibit at the Lincoln Presidential Library. President Obama joins former Presidents Clinton, Carter and H.W. Bush who have submitted their contributions, along with other notable essayists including Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, General Colin Powell, and Martin Luther King III, among hundreds of others.

 

President Barack Obama, Former US presidents, Politicians and Celebrities Recite The Gettysburg Address

 

 

 

You can read President Obama’s essay here, and below

 

President Obama’s Handwritten Tribute to the Gettysburg Address

 

One hundred fifty years after President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, President Obama penned a handwritten tribute to President Lincoln’s historic remarks. Read his essay below, then share it with others.

 

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Click Right Here To Read Full Size Version Of Barack’s Essay

 

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Here’s the full text of President Obama’s essay:

 

In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office.  It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg address, written in Lincoln’s own hand.

 

I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: “A new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

 

Through the lines of weariness etched in his face, we know Lincoln grasped, perhaps more than anyone, the burdens required to give these words meaning.  He knew that even a self-evident truth was not self-executing; that blood drawn by the lash was an affront to our ideals; that blood drawn by the sword was in painful service to those same ideals.

 

He understood as well that our humble efforts, our individual ambitions, are ultimately not what matter; rather, it is through the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary men and women – those like the soldiers who consecrated that battlefield – that this country is built, and freedom preserved.  This quintessentially self-made man, fierce in his belief in honest work and the striving spirit at the heart of America, believed that it falls to each generation, collectively, to share in that toil and sacrifice.

 

Through cold war and world war, through industrial revolutions and technological transformations, through movements for civil rights and women’s rights and workers’ rights and gay rights, we have.  At times, social and economic change have strained our union.  But Lincoln’s words give us confidence that whatever trials await us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail.

 

The fifth and final copy of the Gettysburg Address, which President Lincoln wrote in his own hand, is on display in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. Take a closer look of the only version that Lincoln titled, signed, and dated through the Google Art Project.

 

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23 Responses

  1. […] President Obama’s Handwritten Essay Marking The 150th Anniversary Of The Gettysburg Address. […]

  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Such an important time in history …. let’s go back …. and remember how it was!!

  3. Wonderful!! Reblog …for sure!!!

  4. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    This is a home run and such an important time in American history

  5. I love the video of all the presidents and others reciting the Gettysburg address. I tried to reblog it but couldn’t get the video. I don’t have some plug in or something….but thanks for posting this!!

  6. Reblogged this on travels with toby and commented:
    This is wonderful. Please have a look.

    • Thank you so much for reblogging….I am honored and appreciative.

      • I actually removed it since the video wasn’t showing :( I need to figure out how to post videos here.

      • If you know how to highlight with your mouse, and copy and paste into the body of your post then you know how to add video. Every video I use I get from you tube. You go to the video you want to add into your blog post and right click your mouse in the middle of the video screen as it plays, a drop down menu will appear & at the top of that menu are the words “copy video url” and you have the video copied….go to your blog and You left click those words and then insert that url into your blog post

      • really? wow. I had posted something in the forums here but did not get a reply. I thought you had to buy something in order to post videos. I will try what you posted here. thanks!!

      • No ma’am, if you post any you tube video into the body of your post, it is free, you tube does not charge you to post their videos, and I only use you tube videos. Let me know if you get it to work for you.

      • nope :( I did a right click paste because left click was not working. that didn’t work. then I clicked on the “insert/edit link? thing a ma bob and that didn’t work either. pooey.

      • It could be the WordPress theme you are using. Thats the on;y other idea I have. Some WP themes allow you to do some thing others do not allow.

      • aha! okay then. another thought for another day. I’ve kept your info in case I change my theme to try again. thanks!

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