Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We have a president who doesn't get it
. . . on so many levels

Let me close by saying this. Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land.

Well, there he goes again. . . . spewing nonsense and rewriting history, this time at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Obvisouly facts don't matter to the Professor. We know from his previous speeches that Zero has a fuzzy view, at best, of history. The British and the French "shared" the same land? Seriously? Along with "countless" Indian tribes? I guess our esteemed president has never heard of the French and Indian War. They didn't fight that war because they were all "sharing" the same land, but instead because the couldn't co-exist peacefully. I honestly wonder, did they even teach American history in Hawaii in the 1970s? And "long before America was even an idea"? Barry, the French and Indian war went on from 1754 to 1763. Do you even know, Barry, when America "became an idea"?

And Mexicans? He emphasizes the word "Mexicans" in the speech (to goofy partisan screaming--oh grow up), but "Mexicans" didn't exist until the formation of the nation of Mexico. But my guess is that if you asked Professor Obama when that happened, he couldn't come within 500 years of the correct date. FYI, Barry, Mexico first became a state independent of Spain in 1821--clearly, "long before America was even an idea," in your mind at least.

Does this maroon have no fact-checkers on his staff? Beyond that, what is the point of such silly rhetoric?

And yes, this is the same speech where he recited a line from the Declaration of Independence, leaving out "endowed by their Creator." Not only did Obama leave out the phrase in his spoken remarks, but the phrase is also left out of the written transcript at Those of us who learned these lines as school kids immediately recognized what he left out. Did Obama himself even know? I'm willing to bet he didn't--or he thinks it's just completely irrelevant. Or he wants to throw red meat to the Right. I can't even guess anymore.

And as someone who has people in her family tree who actually fought in the French and Indian War, I appreciate this quote from one of the commenters at HotAir:

I don’t know that “we” shared much of anything back then. Before “America was even an idea,” life was brutish and short. If you didn’t die from a disease, you died in an Indian attack (even if you were an Indian), from exposure, from starvation or from being eaten by bears. And that’s if you survived being born. This land was settled by people either motivated enough or oppressed enough to get off their asses and leave Europe. Perhaps Kenyan-Indonesians don’t quite understand that.

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