“The Papers of the Founding Founders Are Now Online.”
That’s how a White House blog post from Thursday afternoon originally introduced an exciting new project that gives the American people access to letters and other documents written by the Founding Fathers.
But wait, doesn’t that seem an odd way to phrase it: “the Founding Founders”?
You’re not the only one. On Thursday, blogs started noticing the headline. But there was also something more curious: if you read the blog post attached to the article, there is not one single mention of the word “Fathers.”
That’s right, a post on the Founding Fathers never says “Fathers.” Twitchy accused the White House of creating a “gender neutral birth of a nation.”
Here’s how the blog post was originally published:
However, late Thursday night Charles Cooke noticed the headline was changed from “Founding Founders” to “Founding Fathers.” But still, no use of the word in the body of the article and the url still contains the previous word:
And it’s not like the project itself is opposed to the word. A video linked in the blog post and made in November features an interviewee using the phrase:
The question remains: Was the original headline simply just a typo (admittedly, it happens to the best of us) or was it an attempt to be politically correct?
As Cooke points out, nixing “Fathers” would really just be in line with a 2010 speech from President Obama.
“And as we celebrate Independence Day, there are few better examples of how the spirit of our Founding Founders did more than just create a nation — it inspired people in every corner of the globe yearning to be free,” Obama said back then.