U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the announcement of the Change the Equation initiative at the White House in Washington September 16, 2010. The initiative seeks to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to better prepare students to lead in the 21st century economy. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION)


President Obama removed the reference to the “Creator” from the Declaration of Independence when he quoted a portion at a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Congress.

Obama said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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But the actual quotation is:

“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 video, where the reference appears shortly past the 22-minute mark:

On the Gunny G blog, there was outrage.

“I’m surprised this has not created a stir – perhaps lost in the election results,” he wrote.

And at American Thinker, which was among those bringing the incident to national attention, Jason McNew reported on the “long pause” Obama inserted after saying, “created equal.”

The report cites him scowling and blinking.

“For once, he may actually have opted to not read something that was on the teleprompter,” the commentary said. “It looks like he is disgusted and decided it would be better not to read what the preamble actually says.”

“President Obama, if our Creator is not the purveyor of our rights, then who is? The government?” the commentary questioned.

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