President Obama couldn't be bothered
As far as I can see the MSM has almost completely succeeded in getting by the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address today enforcing a ban on discussing President Obama’s strange decision not to attend.
An exception is a bewildered essay in the National Journal Obama Snubs 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address by George E. Condon Jr. November 19, 2013 which notes
There are differing counts of how many of the 28 presidents after Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg. CNN reports that 24 have gone. The Gettysburg Times reports that every 20th-century president made the pilgrimage except for Bill Clinton. Woodrow Wilson spoke at the 50th anniversary in 1913. Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the 75th in 1938. Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson all took separate trips there in the 100th-anniversary year of 1963.
and shreds Obama’s excuses without offering any hypothesis as to why. Another exception Obama's Gettysburg Skip May Confirm Clint Eastwood's Thoughts About Him by Steven Hayward Forbes 11/18/2013 which is more analytical/braver
It is not Obama’s first act of diffidence or disdain for American icons...This slight ranks on par with Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton skipping the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the D-Day landings at Normandy
(which of course did not happen).
My own view was offered in The Gettysburg Address: Not Heritage For Obama's Nation:
The Civil War can arguably be presented as an act of amazing altruism by Northern Whites to America’s Blacks – not, prior to Emancipation, their fellow-citizens. Expecting gratitude from the Obamacrats would be naïve. They are about hatred and conquest.
The Obama Regime: Minority Occupation Government.