history, politics

Obama Don’t Know Much About History

Speaking in Independence, Missouri, today, Barack Obama displayed his ignorance, and that of his speechwriters, of American history once again:

I remember, when living for four years in Indonesia as a child, listening to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The opening sentence of the Declaration of Independence is:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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4 thoughts on “Obama Don’t Know Much About History

  1. Ha! I remember an Academic Team match (kind of like College Bowl) back when I was in high school where this came up. The question was, “What is the first word of the Declaration of Independence?” The other team buzzed in first and answered “We.” Incorrect! I buzzed in for our team and answered “When.” We got the points. 🙂

  2. For some reason, I’m doubting the part about his mother reading him the Declaration of Independence while they were in Indonesia, bit, too. Sounds a little bit too much like Hillary’s Dad teaching her to hunt.

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