As we’ve reported, President Barack Obama’s Oval Office has received a thorough facelift, including new drapes and furniture. In addition, a new carpet boasts some of the president’s favorite quotes:
“The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Government of the People, By the People, For the People” – President Abraham Lincoln
“No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings” – President John F. Kennedy
“The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” – President Theodore Roosevelt
The quote from Teddy Roosevelt sounds an awful lot like collective salvation, but I digress. Unfortunately, the quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. is not actually a quote from King. Sure, King recited the words, but they were originally written in 1853 by 19th-century Unitarian minister Theodore Parker.