History rewritten by Obama in Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute speech

Let me explain what I was referring to in yesterday’s post concerning President Obama’s speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. I referred to Obama’s “warped view of American history,” but kept the post focused on his exclusion of “by our Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence. Tip: Mexico declared their independence in 1821.

I’ll admit I’m no American history expert, but during a recent visit to the Alamo and other national landmarks in and around San Antonio, Texas, I read – more likely re-read – that Mexico declared their independence from Spain in 1821. Honestly, I did not recall the year when I was watching the presidents speech, but I did remember their independence was years after our own declaration.


Hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. The president’s quote…

Let me close by saying this. Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land.


Obama even emphasized the word Mexicans in his speech.  There’s only one problem with that statement: Mexico didn’t exist in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was written, the earliest recorded moment of America being an idea.  Mexico didn’t exist in 1788, when the US wrote its Constitution, or 1789, when George Washington became our first President.  In fact, Mexico didn’t exist at all until 1821, when the colony that had been known as New Spain declared its own independence.  Before that, the area was populated with … Spaniards and countless Indian tribes.

Now, readers may feel the need to jump into the tit for tat crap about Bush gaffes or maybe even Quayle gaffes, but this is not about a gaffe, a mis-spoken word or mixed-up sentence structure. These statements  were written this way by the president or speech writers for the president.

Obama dropped in the reference to Mexicans on purpose to play to the audience … and the audience cheered.

We’re talking division here … not diversity.

Update: Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit picked up on this today, referring to a post over at Ken Pittman’s blog from yesterday.

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  1. Dimsdale on September 21, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I agree: if he were doing this off the cuff, you could throw him some benefit of the doubt, but these speeches are read exactly as written and approved.  It is deliberate.


    At least with Clinton, we had to parse his sentences for meaning.  Øbama's arrogance makes him say things outright, although slightly subtly.  Or is that "sneaky"?


    How do you trust a guy that tailors his speeches for his audiences?  Or a legislator that tailors his/her legislation for supporters?  As Steve notes, this breeds division, discord and disunity.


    Maybe that has replaced "hope and change"…..

  2. TomL on September 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I looked at the video and noticed Barry was blinking rapidly so I did some body language research and its a signal of arrogance meaning "I'm so important, I do not need to see you" anyone surprised?

  3. Mark on September 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    @TomL – I suspect he may have been blinking due to glare from the teleprompter…

  4. Dimsdale on September 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I was under the impression that lots of blinking indicated deception by the blinker.

  5. Odonna on September 22, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I almost commented about this on the other post, but decided it was off topic.  One of my bugaboos lately is the PC idea that the southwestern US owes something to Mexico.  Can't speak for the other states, but as a native Californian, I know that the Spanish colonists quickly came to consider themselves Californos.   After independence from Spain, it's true that "Upper California" was under Mexican government, but the people still considered themselves Californos, not "Mexicanos".  Hispanic Californos were a part of the Bear Flag Rebellion that declared independece from Mexico in 1846 and then petitioned for annexation to the US.

    It is only the relative newcomers from the south, and those who don't understand the history or geography, who think that California was settled by Mexico and was unjustly taken from it. 


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