Despicable Lie #1: "We're no longer a Christian nation."
Sure enough, Obama said exactly those words in 2006 at Sojourners magazine's "Call to Renewal" conference in Washington, D.C. But that wasn't the whole sentence.
Here's the statement in context:
Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
The awkward phrase "at least, not just" was a verbal flub. As written, the passage was supposed to go:
"Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
It's clear from the context that Obama was speaking of the religious demographics of the country, not, contrary to what some people seem to believe (or want others to believe), proclaiming an abandonment of Christian values.
Despicable Lie #2: "America is arrogant."
This appears to have been paraphrased, out of context, from a speech Obama delivered to European students in Strasbourg, France on April 4, 2009:
It's always harder to forge true partnerships and sturdy alliances than to act alone, or to wait for the action of somebody else. It's more difficult to break down walls of division than to simply allow our differences to build and our resentments to fester. So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we've allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there's something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.Source:
But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad.
On both sides of the Atlantic, these attitudes have become all too common. They are not wise. They do not represent the truth. They threaten to widen the divide across the Atlantic and leave us both more isolated. They fail to acknowledge the fundamental truth that America cannot confront the challenges of this century alone, but that Europe cannot confront them without America.
• Transcript: Remarks by President Obama at Strasbourg Town Hall. TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Despicable Lie #3: "America hasn't lived up to her ideals."
This appears to have been paraphrased, out of context, from Barack Obama's speech at Cairo University in Egypt, June 4, 2009:
And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.Source:
So America will defend itself respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer.
• Transcript: Obama's Speech in Cairo. Time.
Sources and further reading:
Dear President Obama: Do Your Job
Congress.org, 20 November 2009
Maintaining, Preserving the Missouri Is a Big Deal
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 11 December 2005
Y'All Come Try Our Imu Turkey, Heah?
Honolulu Advertiser, 25 November 2004
Last updated 05/23/11