Rep. Forbes, Prayer Caucus: Obama Doesn't Know National Motto!

Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Va.), founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, was taken aback during President Obama's recent trip to Indonesia (see WorldNetDaily). While there, he said in a speech that America's national motto is E pluribus unum"Out of many, one." While the Latin is on our Great Seal, it is not our national motto. "In God we trust" is. The smartest president ever according to his cheerleaders, gaffed. Again. The man who can't speak without a teleprompter, of "corpseman" fame, who confuses Memorial Day with Veterans Day, and who said we have 57 states, got something that simple so very wrong. The question is why? Was it intentional? Did he not want to mention God? It's happened before. Remember this — when he omitted the reference to God in the Declaration of Independence? He's either not too bright or intentionally ignores God's presence in our country's founding.

So Congressman Forbes and 41 bipartisan members of the Prayer Caucus sent the president a letter (see it and its signatories, here), which states in part:

In your speech in Indonesia, you mentioned being unified under one flag. The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag says that we are "one nation under God." As President of the United States, you are our representative to the rest of the world. By misrepresenting things as foundational as the Declaration of Independence and our national motto, you are not only doing a disservice to the people you represent you are casting aside an integral part of American society.

In a news release (see here), he further elaborated:

For the President of the United States to incorrectly state something as foundational as our national motto in another country is unacceptable. The President is the primary representative of our nation to the world, and whether mistake or intention, his actions cast aside an integral part of American society. President Reagan once warned that "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

The Prayer Caucus documented other instances in which the president has, for unexplained reasons, intentionally omitted references to God where they were made historically. It asked the president to correct the recent mistake and ensure that it does not happen again. Despite his gargantuan ego, the latter is a larger ask than the former.

Liberal, secular progressivism exposes itself in these instances. Far from being open and tolerant, it attempts to whitewash history and is intolerant. But whitewashing history does not change it and the truth always prevails. We applaud the actions of the Congressman Forbes and the Congressional Prayer Caucus for holding President Obama and the secular progressive ideology he embodies to account.