A couple of weeks ago during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala, President Barack Obama attempted to echo the preamble of the Declaration of Independence while leaving out the source of American’s rights coming from “our Creator”. Talk radio made great hay over this slight omission. How could a supposed Constitutional Scholar from the University of Chicago not know this famous phrase? Speculation centered on theories that either the TOTUS (Teleprompter Of The United States) failed him or the President figuratively called an audible play and left out the acknowledgment to try to please his audience.
But when President Obama spoke before the DCCC/DSCC Dinner in New York City last week, the prepared remarks astoundingly shared the same omission:
[I]f we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity,
So should we blame the speechwriting shop this time? Maybe it is a manifestation of the Living Document jurisprudence that takes what it wants from America’s foundational documents? Or perhaps our Dear Leader has a problem with the Creator?
The latter theory could not be true, as Obama went to church the Sunday before for the first time in six months with a a gaggle of the press corps in tow.