‘Hey! Don’t Hate Me For Being Modest’
A lot of people are talking about this moment from El Presidente’s speech last week at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala [emphasis mine]:
So let me close by saying this. Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. To British and French, to Dutch and Spanish, to Mexican — (applause) — to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land. We didn’t always get along. But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together — what made us all Americans — was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
As you are, I’m sure, well aware, the phrase should have read ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights’.
A lot of folks, like The Lonely Conservative [tip of the fedora to her for first bringing this to my attention], are wondering if El Presidente left out the word ‘Creator’ intentionally. The answer appears to be in the affirmative because I didn’t rely on the tape [which TLC has kindly posted] but on the official version posted at The White House site [as you will see by following the first link above]. So, yes, General de Presidente Baracko Husseinez j López Cara de Tirón Antonio de Gatito María Alinské Débil Tonto de Santa Obamanna did deliberately leave out that our unalienable rights come from God.
I think he thought he was being modest: it is bad manners, after all, to mention yourself like that in a speech. Everyone in that room knew it was He and He alone who endows us with whatever rights we have.
Hey, Skippy tried.
Sí, él está un arrogante culo!