During a speech Monday, President Barack Obama once again omitted the Declaration of Independence's mention of man's "Creator" as the source of his "unalienable rights." While delivering remarks at a dinner fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in Rockville, Md., President Obama spoke about what he called the "essence" of the upcoming midterm election:
As wonderful as the land is here in the United States, as much as we have been blessed by the bounty of this magnificent continent that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, what makes this place special is not something physical. It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The sole mention of man's Creator in Obama's remarks came at the end when he thanked the audience and said, "God bless you."
This isn't the first time the president has selectively edited the Declaration in not acknowledging the role of God in bestowing these rights upon man. During a Sept. 15 speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Annual Awards Gala, the president omitted the religious reference, but the White House dismissed criticism, saying that Obama "went off script and adlibbed when he made that mistake." But just a week later, the President made the exact same "mistake" speaking during another fundraiser, this time in New York City.
When asked why the president did not use the words "endowed by their Creator" in his Monday speech, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday, "I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”