I’m willing to accept the explanations given, but having read the text, and listened to the speech, it just sounds like he should have said something else but could not remember what it was and filled in with “the other things”. The line as spoken just doesn’t sound lilke the quality of a presidential speech.
Is there any documentation of the speech as written, as opposed to as spoken?
Most of the address seems to be pretty much another mundane “this is a stop, I have to say something, let me read it and get on to the next place” kind of speech. Was it meant to be as historic as it became?
(and does anybody know how I can edit the title of this thread where I mispelled “speech”?)