Explaining 'under God' omission in President Obama's reading of Gettysburg address

WASHINGTON - Some critics of President Barack Obama note that his video reading of the Gettysburg Address omits the words "under God." But there's a valid explanation.
  
Of the five surviving copies of the Gettysburg Address, the two in the Library of Congress omit the words "under God" that appear in the other versions as well as in the transcript by an Associated Press reporter who heard President Lincoln deliver the speech 150 years ago.
  
Organizers of the "learn the address" website, including historian Ken Burns, say they asked President Barack Obama to read one of the Library of Congress versions.
  
Obama had been criticized in the past for dropping a reference to the Creator as the source of rights proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence.
 

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