You can pretty much guarantee if this was prior to the 2012 election he would attend.
Via Washington Examiner:
President Obama’s spokesman offered no explanation for his boss’s decision to skip the memorial marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
“I don’t have any scheduling updates to provide to you,” White House press secretary Jay Carney.
Obama came under criticism for the decision to skip the event from local media last month.
Via Fox News:
President Obama is drawing criticism for not planning to attend an event marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, with one journalist telling Fox News’ Megyn Kelly the local community is “stunned” by his decision.
Salena Zito of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said on “The Kelly File” that she has spoken with Gettysburg residents of all political affiliations who are “incredibly disappointed” over Obama’s decision to send Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to represent his administration instead of attending himself.
“They are just stunned by his decision not to attend the Gettysburg Address, it’s the 150th anniversary, it’s one of the most pivotal speeches in our nation’s history…” she said.