Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If a President wants to quote from the Declaration of Independence in order to make a point about diversity and liberty, it’s probably a good idea to write the actual language from the Declaration into the speech.  After all, most people have fairly ready access to the text, and if the President leaves something out, it’s not going to escape notice — especially when the part that gets omitted directly relates to the entire concept and origin of our natural rights.  Barack Obama leaves a big hole in the declaration when speaking to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institue:

Towards the end of a speech on September 15 to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Obama began quoting the famous “rights” line from the founding document. But partway through, he omitted where those rights come from: a Creator.

The line is supposed to read: “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.”

But Obama’s recitation left out an important part: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are crated equal. [Long Pause] Endowed with certain inalienable [sic] rights: life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

American Thinker seems to believe that the omission was both extemperaneous and deliberate:

After President Obama says “created equal..”, there is a long pause during which he scowls and blinks several times. For once, he may actually have opted to not read something that was on the teleprompter. It looks like he is disgusted and decided it would be better not to read what the [Declaration] actually says.

If that were true, Obama would have redlined the phrase out of the speech before it got to the Teleprompter.  Either way, it’s an amateurish stumble.  One does not rewrite the founding documents of the nation, not even if one is The One.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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He doubles down on “stupid” not because he is, but because he thinks we are. Since his election I have a pocket Constitution and the Declaration in my purse. I have three more around the house by the computers.

It’s insulting to have this man as our leader. We are the ones that are going to have to get creative.

BetseyRoss on September 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Why is the GOOD STUFF never on tape??

I’ll be his teaching Con. Law was scarier than than any witchcraft stuff by the dame from Delaware!

IlikedAUH2O on September 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

and it’s just too juicy an opening not to ask the question of why the “by the Creator” line was dumped/omitted from the speech.

jon1979 on September 20, 2010 at 9:49 AM

i hope you are right but recent history shows the media has a habit of not following through on these type of topics that shine the dems and obama in a bad light.

unseen on September 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

As someone who grew up on “School House Rock”, I knew the words to the Preamble by heart . . . along with several million others who are now throughly disgusted with this poser in chief.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Why is the GOOD STUFF never on tape??

I’ll be his teaching Con. Law was scarier than than any witchcraft stuff by the dame from Delaware!

IlikedAUH2O on September 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Bammie’s Harvard specialty was supposedly ‘constitutional law’, but I am not aware of what he taught as a visiting lecturer at Chicago Law. No tapes, no videos, but the only picture of him there that I have seen shows him teaching Alinsky. Odd isn’t it, that no one has come forward that will admit to attending a lecture from him at CL? No one has been able to dig up old course outlines, no notes, nada.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

What a big bus you have Obama.

The better to throw God under it my dear.

Left Coast Right Mind on September 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Gibbs has to call on Fox News sooner or later, and even if he doesn’t, Jake Tapper over at ABC is a bi-partisan troublemaker, who takes delight in making press secretaries squirm, whether it’s Gibbs or the equally weasily Scott McClellan

Jake Tapper? Hilarious. He’s as hapless as the rest. Here’s a list of the Obamateurisms taken on by Tapper.

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Basilsbest on September 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

What a big bus you have Obama.

The better to throw God under it my dear.

Left Coast Right Mind on September 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

That thought crossed my mind too. It does appear Obama wants to pick a “fight” with “the Creator.”

conservative pilgrim on September 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM

The images of Obama standing on a stage at an event in which the US military were the purpose of the event, or a national holidy, or related function was taking place, depicting the Amateur-In-Chief, not as smart at people want to think he is, Obama, standing with his hands, one above the other, near his geneitals, while others standing on each side of him, including military personnel in uniform, and civilians in civilian attire, are holding their hand in a salute, or holding their hand across their heart during a ceremony, such as the playing of the Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem), or some other ceremony related to honor and respect, shows his disdain for the US, the military, the US flag and what it represents.

His out right arrogance and condescension, and the fact that he gets away with it and is touted as a great, compassionate, intelligent man is outrageous.

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Mr Obama, there were “Mexicans” here “long before America was even an idea”?
Time for your teleprompter to take a history refresher.

itsnotaboutme on September 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM

In the video clip above Barack Hussein Obama, that Oracle of Wisdom that he is, innerant, perfect, the Messiah, the Savior of Mankind, the One, Mister Hope and Change, told the attendees that long before “America” became even a thought, that the land was inhabited by many peoples, including the British, the French, countless Indian tribes, and then emphasized the words, “and Mexicans.”

Again the Savior of Mankind, the Messiah, Mister Hope and Change, the Amateur-in-Chief is incorrect.

There were NO Mexicans living in “America” before “America” became even a thought.

The US declared its Independence in 1776.

The nation of Mexico did NOT exist in 1776.

The area where Mexico’s borders currently exist was inhabited by various peoples, various tribes, such as Mayans, Aztecs, etc., not Mexicans.

The Spanish came to where Mexico is now, central America, around the 1500s. They took over eventually.

Mexico began the fight for Independence in 1810, with the war for independence extending untill 1821, at which time Mexico delcared its Independence and begame an independent nation.

Our Amateur-in-Chief, the Master of Obstinance, the Emanator of Arrogance, the Communicator of Condescension, Barak Hussein Obama is wrong, again.

Mexico did NOT exist before “America” became a thought or idea. Mexico did not exist before 1821, so there were no Mexicans living in the land which is now the United States before the United States became a nation in 1776.

Nevertheless, the gist of his statement was meant to garner favor from illegals of Mexican roots who are here illegally. He employed distortions, fabrications, and inaccuracies in order to placate illegals and their enablers.

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Jake Tapper? Hilarious. He’s as hapless as the rest. Here’s a list of the Obamateurisms taken on by Tapper.

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Basilsbest on September 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Others would seem to disagree.

It’s not that Tapper has any love for conservatism — he just loves making people in power squirm more than he loves ideological fidelity to the liberal cause. If the editing of the Declaration story has legs to make it into Tuesday or Wednesday and nothing else big happens today, either Fox or ABC is going to ask Gibbs the question, just for the torture value on the press secratary, if nothing else.

jon1979 on September 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

September 18, 2010
Obama quotes unalienable inalienable rights omitting endowed “BY OUR CREATOR“.

September 19, 2010
The Obama family cow tails to the nearest Christian church, Episcopalian, getting the Gospel lesson sermon, “You can’t serve God AND Money,” AS IF Obama heard a word.

Protesters at ‘Anti-Hate’ Rally Call Breitbart Homosexual, Spit on Him. Protesters Signs are all against Beck’s HONOR Rally.

The Obama administration is organizing national attack ads casting the Tea Party as DHS Napolitano’s “radical conservatives” target. And btw, the ads cast the Republican Party as being usurped by Tea Party extremists.

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The Spanish came to where Mexico is now, central America, around the 1500s. They took over eventually.

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

And Mexicans are a melting pot of the Spaniard race with the individuated tribes inhabiting the Spanish colonial Mexico, maintaining today the old and rigid Spaniard racist antipathy for the indigenous tribal populations.

You’re right that for centuries while Catholic traditions ruled all things, the various tribal regions of Mexico never had a national identity or sense of unity. While the European conquerors maintained their own land grants, they certainly did nothing to aid their regional population’s sense of being anything other than peons, feudal property owned by the European aristocrats. First conquered by Spain, then Napoleonic France, 500 years of Catholic feudalism ruled before the Mexicans united to be a people fighting for independence and their own national identity of STILL being ruled by strong men.

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Odd isn’t it, that no one has come forward that will admit to attending a lecture from him at CL? No one has been able to dig up old course outlines, no notes, nada.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Not that surprising, in my experience. A consulting associate of mine is listed as an Associate Professor at a University, and has been for about five years. To my knowledge he has not been asked to teach or stand in for even one lecture session to date.

This could be more of the same.

Yoop on September 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I guess the people at the Hispanic Caucus didn’t know Mexico’s history either. Maybe the were just cheering because Obama used the word “Mexicans”. No cheers for the Spanish though. Hmmm. All this is pretty funny considering Mexico just celebrated it’s bicentennial last week. Obama and his supporters wonder why so many people don’t trust his motives. No one who truly loves this country would even consider revising one of our most important documents. And no one supposedly as smart as him would make that kind of “mistake”

KaliMom on September 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Just watched the video without the sound on. He needs to be studied carefully by behaviorists. So many strange and disturbing mannerisms and facial expressions. What a weirdo.

Urban Infidel on September 20, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Bull.

http://wp.me/p13jRG-aA

ProudPalinFan on September 20, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Why didn’t he say spanish?

boomer on September 20, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Because he wasn’t pandering to the Spanish.

myrenovations on September 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Spanish is a language. I guess you guys meant Spanish-speaking people. Latinos and Latinas cover basically 99% of South America, Central America, a good chunk in the Caribbean (myself included in that mix), and all the Spanish-speaking people in the US or abroad.

ProudPalinFan on September 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Equally as troubling, in this particular instance, as BO’s questionable secularism…

He recites the phrase “inalienable rights” instead of the actual Declaration wording “unalienable rights.”

unalienable – incapable of being sold or transferred

inalienable – capable of being sold or transferred if consent given

All liberal/socialist/progressive doctrine aside, Obama is:
1. president (should have exceptional cognizance of founding documents)
2. a proclaimed constitutional law expert (should have an even higher than exceptional cognizance of founding documents)
3. clearly reading from TOTUS in this speech (should have fool-proof, premeditated, scripted cognizance of founding documents)

All liberal/socialist/progressive doctrine considered, Obama is:
1. attempting subversive progressive wordsmithing

selias on September 20, 2010 at 1:15 PM

He left it out on purpose. Why else stop at that point at all? He’s an atheist marxist, a malicious one.

But, did you know he went to church this weekend? It’s getting very hot in the WH. The snakes are scrambling. The blame-game on Nov. 03 will be schadenfreudig to watch.

Schadenfreude on September 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Rush was talking today about a meeting Bammie held with selected supporters, where still he was savaged by questions from the audience: Video: Obama Supporter Tells Him, “I’m Exhausted of Defending You”…

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Why didn’t he say spanish?

boomer on September 20, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Because he wasn’t pandering to the Spanish.

myrenovations on September 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Spanish is a language. I guess you guys meant Spanish-speaking people. Latinos and Latinas cover basically 99% of South America, Central America, a good chunk in the Caribbean (myself included in that mix), and all the Spanish-speaking people in the US or abroad.

ProudPalinFan on September 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

1) Obama did say “Spanish.” He said “Dutch and Spanish” before he said “MEXICAN!”

2) The term “Spanish” Is not, and has not been employed solely to refer to a “Language.”

In history education and when referring to the peoples who spread throughout much of the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and the Pacific, the term “The Spanish” has been used, as well as the sample “He is Spanish.”

Use of the word “Spanish” does NOT automatically also include a Spanish speaking person. Many people of “Spanish” descent do NOT speak Spanish, save unless one calls the use of words like “Muy Bien,” or “Gracias,” which many people might occasionally drop, as “Spanish Speaking,” in which case almost everyone on planet earth is “Spanish” or speaks “Spanish.”

Another term that is used to point a person associated with the Nation of Spain, is “Spaniard,” as in “Joachim Rodcrigo is a Spaniard.” However, when describing what Joachim Rodrigo did or does a person is likely to say, “Joachim Rodrigo is a Spanish Composer who composed such beautiful pieces as Concerto de Aranjuez,” and “Fantasia pare un Gentle Hombre.”

Yes, I DO love (greatly enjoy) those pieces. For those interested in hearing them, performances with Manuel Barrueco performing on the Classical Guitar with the orchesta, are among the best you’ll find as Manuel Barrueco has such impeccable technique, tone production, dynamics, phrasing, sensitivity, etc., that he is among the finest ever to perform on Classical guitar, and Classical guitar with an orchestra.

John Williams, Julian Bream, Elliot Fisk, Vladimir Mukulka, Christopher Parkening, Pablo Cohen, Andre Segovia, and others have done a very good job as soloists, and/or with orchestras as well.

Bottom line, Mexicans did NOT live or share the land which is now the USA before “America” was even an idea, for Mexico did not exist until 1821, after the Mexican War of Independence which extended from 1810 – 1827, while the USA already existed as a nation in 1776.

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Wow qué mucho trabajo para debatir un punto que traje al foro!

Sí, España tiene españoles (Spaniards, as you say). Los españoles, en el 1493, descubrieron a Puerto Rico (entonces llamada Borikén por los caciques y los taínos, mi tribu).

También se utiliza en la cultura, i.e., “cultura española”, but I really doubt that if you go to any of the countries I mentioned they would say that they are Spanish when they are Argentinian.

I guess the point is, los americanos que hablan inglés solidifican o tratan de agrupar toda persona que cumpla con todos los requisitos y los llama “español”.

If I go see my brother (born and raised in PR like me) in AR and I tell him that he is “español”, he will make a WTF face and correct me.

Hace muchos años que no escucho de Andrés Segovia. La guitarra clásica ya no es como antes, en los 60-70′s. :)

ProudPalinFan on September 20, 2010 at 3:53 PM

The omission by our Kenyan Communist Muslim-In-Chief was not a mistake, it was deliberate.

Since Obama is a Muslim and practices a Satan-inspired ideology (Islam) in which “Allah” is in reality Satan, there is no way in Hell that Obama is going to mention God, our Creator.

CatchAll on September 20, 2010 at 7:25 PM

He left our creator out of it because he wants everyone to think the government id the source of their daily “pork” er bread.

chickasaw42 on September 20, 2010 at 7:41 PM

The One omitted the part about “unalienable rights, endowed by our Creator,” because HE IS the Creator, The One, the Messiah, the Savior, the Lord, Mister Hope and Change, the Font of Wisdom, Mercy, Compassion, Love, and Brilliance.

Of course The One favors the Muslim/Islamic institutions, while I’ve seen no respect afforded Christian, Jewish, Ba’hai, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Jain, Confucian, or Taoist thoughts and sensitivities.

Whatever, Mister President. You ARE a human being, not a “god,” or even THE “GOD.”

Congrats on success in misleading so many people and getting away with it.

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Oh, I intended to include this in my previous comment:

Can you imagine “The One” stating, “You are endowed by ME, certain unalienable rights?”

Perhaps he was about to just spit it out during the time he stands there blinking his eyes with that look on his face as if he could care less if a baby is being crushed under his foot, or as if he is smelling the stench of passed gas.

William2006 on September 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM

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