White House: ‘Don’t Read Anything Into’ Obama’s Use or Omission of 'Creator' When Quoting Declaration of Independence

October 26, 2010 - 6:54 PM

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington (CNSNews.com) – No one should “read anything into" the fact that President Barack Obama repeatedly left out the word “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence, nor should they read anything into the fact that he began using the word after the White House was questioned about the omission, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Gibbs did not say whether press reports about the omission prompted Obama to start using the term.

The Declaration of Independence says “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In four speeches on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Obama used the word “Creator.” CNSNews.com, Fox News and other media outlets had reported on Obama's numerous omissions, including two last week.

The most recent omission came at an Oct. 21 rally in Seattle for Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Obama said: “Thirteen colonies deciding to start a revolution based on an idea that had never been tried before – a government of and by and for the people. A government based on the simple proposition that all men are created equal. That we’re endowed with certain inalienable rights.”

CNSNews.com reported that Obama used the term “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence in four speeches on Friday, Saturday and Monday. CNSNews.com also reported that based on speeches from White House transcripts and Lexis-Nexis, Obama omitted the word creator at least five times over the past year. (See Earlier Story)

On Tuesday, Lester Kinsolving, a radio reporter and correspondent for World Net Daily, asked Gibbs, “Was it press reports of the president repeatedly dropping any mention of the Creator referring to the Declaration of Independence that led him to, commendably, restore it in four speeches this weekend?”

“I think the president has on certain times quoted from and other times paraphrased the Declaration,” Gibbs said. “I wouldn’t read anything into it, much as I didn’t read anything into it when on a couple of the speeches on the trip, somehow the slurpy got dropped.”

Gibbs was referring to a question earlier in the press briefing when a reporter asked about Obama’s reference to Republicans standing by drinking a slurpy while Democrats were busy pushing the car out of the ditch – Obama’s frequently used metaphor about the economy.