Obama’s avoidance of Gettysburg Address commemoration puzzling

We won’t try to read the mind of President Obama.

But we can’t figure out why he declined a 23-minute helicopter ride to Gettysburg last week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The address is considered the touchstone that turned the Civil War outcome and led to the ultimate uniting of the country behind the abolition of slavery. Moreover, Obama has called Lincoln his favorite president.

The president, whose oratory skills are his strong suit, missed a timely chance to unite the country at a time when it is divided on so many issues.

Again, we’re stumped.