Great speech, President Obama! Short and to the point, which automatically makes it far better than most political speeches.
In this week’s address, the President wished everyone a happy Fourth of July. He honored the individuals who, throughout the history of America, have struggled and sacrificed to make this country a better place, from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in uniform serving at home and overseas.
On this 239th annual celebration of our Declaration of Independence, President Obama spoke for 2 minutes and 39 seconds, according to one Youtube commenter. (It says 2:40 above, but why quibble over a second or two?) I’ve seen no word on whether that timing was planned or accidental.
So what’s wrong with President Obama’s speech? You won’t believe what these “conservative,” Republican, knumbskulls are holding against our President now!
By 10:02 pm that same evening, The Blaze, a small news aggregator apparently run by Glen Beck, had posted the article, Obama’s Fourth of July Address to America Omits One Very Big Word, by Dave Urbanski. What word was it? God, of course. He never mentioned the word “God” in his 159 second speech.
Urbanski describes the speech briefly and comments it “had its good points.” Then he continues:
But at the very end, when presidents — including Obama — usually sign off with some form of “May God bless the United States of America,” he offered a different finishing touch.
One that left God out.
Obama ended it like so: “Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”
So? What’s the problem?
Any time the President speaks for 159 seconds, is he supposed to mention our favorite national invisible friend by name and ask for His blessings upon our nation? I don’t think the Constitution mentions that requirement.
It’s apparently not enough to mention “the Creator.”
Urbanski then reminds us the President had referred to “the Creator” earlier in his speech (at 1:03), but that evidently wasn’t enough for him. He tells us, “You be the judge.”
No doubt by next week they’ll be lampooning our President for “trivializing” his speech by timing it exactly that way. Some will claim–as if they knew–that he left off the name of God in order to make the trivialized timing match our national history a second for a year, thereby making the name of God Himself a trivial matter. (Maybe he did, for that matter. I don’t know, either. Nor do I care.)
This President never had a chance to serve our nation effectively. Before he even took office seven years ago, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress and elsewhere were announcing their primary goal was to make sure he was a single-term President. They should have been impeached immediately, of course; but there were too many of them. They would have had to impeach themselves.
Since they couldn’t find any excuse to impeach our elected President, he served that first four-year term and we re-elected him for another one. For seven years now, Republicans have done their best to block him at every turn. It’s not as if they had better solutions to our problems; they just blocked practically everything that came before them. And the Republican candidates who hope to replace him in office in a little over 18 months threaten to undo even the few things he has been able to accomplish, often through Presidential decree.
An arrogant, ignorant, desert sheriff who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and seems to think he is God took it upon himself to send deputies to Hawaii to investigate the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. He concluded it “doesn’t look right,” but he didn’t seem sure enough to ask Congress for an impeachment.
When the President has asked Congress for badly needed legislation and they did nothing, people accused him of “grabbing power” by acting on immigration and other matters on his own initiative. Somebody had to do something!
Last week he was mauled for using the word “nigger” in an appropriate manner in a discussion about race relations.
Now they criticize him for only referring to “the Creator” and not once mentioning the name of God in this particular very short, informal speech. And it’s not just this one article by one man in this one online publication, either. Many other writers in other online publications have already made the same complaint. Twitter was buzzing about it for a while.
People who have nothing better to do than complain about whether or not the very real American President whom we elected spoke the name of their favorite imaginary friend in a particular 159-second, very informal speech need to get a life.