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Obama Cuts ‘Under God’ Out of Gettysburg Address

President Obama cut God out of his recitation of the Gettysburg Address.

In a recorded recitation uploaded to YouTube on November 9, President Obama read the address in its entirety. However, when it came to the line “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” the President left out the words “under God.”

Obama’s omission occurs at the 1:35 mark.

The video was used by PBS to create a montage of celebrities and all living presidents reciting the address. Obama’s omission is not included in that video. 

Via Weasel Zippers.

UPDATE: During today’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jay Carney claimed that President Obama had read from the version of the Gettysburg Address given to him by documentarian Ken Burns. This appears to be the case. As Mediaite notes, the website for Burns’ upcoming project, Learn the Address, says that there are five manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address and that Obama read from the “Nicolay Version.” This version of the manuscript is believed to be the earliest of the copies of the Address, and it does omit the phrase “under God.” Three of the five manuscripts do include the phrase. 

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