White House: Obama Can’t Go to Gettysburg Because of Obamacare Mess

A November 16, 2013 photo shows the statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
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Tim Grieve
Nov. 19, 2013, 6 a.m.

Re­port­ers from Na­tion­al Journ­al and The New York Times pressed White House House ad­visor Dan Pfeif­fer today to say what’s pre­vent­ing Pres­id­ent Obama from go­ing to Pennsylvania for the 150th an­niversary of the Gettys­burg Ad­dress.

“Ser­i­ous ques­tion,” Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Ron Fourni­er asked. “What is on his sched­ule that is more im­port­ant than Gettys­burg an­niversary?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” Pfeif­fer re­spon­ded, “there’s this whole web­site thing that someone sug­ges­ted might des­troy the Dem Party.”

One re­sponse from the Twit­ter pea­nut gal­lery: “Is Pres­id­ent Obama writ­ing code for the web­site? Can’t he do his job from Gettys­burg?”

Pfief­fer’s Tweet was a not-so-veiled jab at re­cent Fourni­er columns on Obama’s hand­ling of the Obama­care rol­lout.

Pfeif­fer and the White House have said that the Gettys­burg an­niversary doesn’t work with the pres­id­ent’s sched­ule. Among oth­er things, he’s sched­uled to meet with CEOs at the Four Sea­sons Hotel in Geor­getown in­stead.

You can see some of the ac­tu­al tweets here:

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