FROWN! SCOWL! Blink, blink, blink, . . . Endowed

You are in New York and enter a cab.  After you give the driver your destination, lights start flashing.  You find that your cab driver is Ben Bailey and that you are on the Discovery Channel game show CA$H Cab! Lucky you, it is a “Double Ride” trip, meaning that you can earn twice the money as usual for each correct answer.  You answer all of the questions easily, racking up $4300, a record for the show.

Now at your destination, it’s time to decide whether you risk your $4300, double or nothing, on the Video Bonus question.  What the heck—if you risk it, you get $8600.  If you don’t, at least you got a free cab ride.  “I’m in for the bet.” you say.

Ben plays a video of President Obama addressing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on September 15, 2010.

The president is speaking:  “. . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . .”

Here’s your Video Bonus question:  What are the next 7 words that the President will say?

Slam dunk!  You know the Declaration of Independence by heart.  You immediately answer, “That they are endowed by their Creator.”

Wrong!  Next thing you know, you are out on the sidewalk, dazed at having lost.  You knew the answer.  Not quite.  You knew the Declaration of Independence, not Obama’s censored version.

Here is a transcript of the pertinent part of Obama’s speech.  The italicized comments describe what cannot be seen in the written text.

“ . . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”

Pause.   Head freezes in place.  BIG frown.  Scowl.  Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, scowling. Four seconds elapse before his head starts moving again and he continues,

“ . . . endowed with certain unalienable Rights,  Life and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Think I’m kidding about the speech?  You can watch the video at numerous websites, including:

I have to admit that I didn’t think anyone’s mouth could turn down that deeply into a frown.  I am trying to figure out what was going through Obama’s mind during all of the scowling and blinking.

Was it “Oh my gosh, am I going to say the equivalent of the Big G word that I see on the teleprompter?  In Public!!??”

Was it, “I thought my speechwriters were coming up with some pretty good stuff until I came to this equivalent of the Big G word.  Maybe I should have read the speech beforehand.  Someone’s getting fired over this.  I’ll just leave out that tricky little phrase.”

Was it, “Hmm.  Can I get by with using Allah instead of Creator?”

Did Obama not realize that he was quoting the Declaration of Independence and a reference to the real Big Guy was coming up?  Did he not realize that his speechwriters were not in fact plagiarizing, but quoting the famous American document and that it contained that reference?  Did he know it was coming, prepared to remain true to the quote, but chicken out at the last minute?  How exactly did this quite public avoidance of a reference to God and associated display of stern disapproval at the concept of being “endowed by their Creator” come about?

In the age of this transparency in the White House, I don’t think we’ll find out.  I don’t think anyone is likely to conjure up an explanation.  The most we are likely to get is a loose paraphrase of Lincoln’s famous quote, “You can fool some of the people all of the time or all of the people . . . all of the time.”


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