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11/19/2013 02:37 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2013

Obama Not Going To Gettysburg Is This Week's Hurricane Katrina

Somehow, in the time it took me to leave my desk, run to the store and get lunch, President Barack Obama has gone and gotten himself into another one of "Obama's Iraq Wars," only this time it's definitely going to be the thing that gets him impeached and ends the entirety of liberalism. For sure. From the National Journal:

Reporters from National Journal and The New York Times pressed White House House adviser 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?"

Point of fact: That is not even remotely a serious question. You know how I know it's not a serious question? Because all of this happened on Twitter. It is also not serious because it is not actually the president's job to traipse around the country and stand at historic locations as a prop at ceremonies. What's next? Does Obama have to go and stand in Dealey Plaza on Friday afternoon?

Pfeiffer responded in the tone you might expect: "Oh, I don't know -- there's this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the Dem Party."

But you know what? Even if the website was working perfectly -- even if it was literally healing the sick and raising the dead with Javascript -- going to Gettysburg would still be way, way down on the list of important things for a president to do. It doesn't mean that it's not fun or it wouldn't be nice or that a president should avoid ceremonies of this kind. But if any president came to me saying, "I was really busy with this important ceremony," I would tell him, "That's a load."

Here are two things that I can state with absolute iron certainty:

1. Had Obama gone to Gettysburg, the stories that followed would have been of the "Obama-attempts-to-change-the conversation/distract-from-his-problems/seize-the-mantle-of-Lincoln-at-a-time-when-his-approvals-are-low" kind. We also would have gotten a couple of pieces criticizing him for being AWOL at a time when the Obamacare website needs his magical leadership sauce.

2. None of the reporters "pressing" on this matter authentically believes that the Gettysburg ceremony is that important. I would wager that none of them is even going to Gettysburg.

It is too bad we can't harness the power of unnerving stupidity, because we have a bottomless supply of it.

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