OMG, Obama not invoking God enough

A pop quiz: before you read this, tell me what the national motto of the United States is.

The reason I ask is that this just came across my desk: the Congressional Prayer Caucus has a new complaint about President Barack Obama.

The economy remains in the dumps, Congress can’t agree on basic tax and spending questions, Iran is racing toward the nuclear finish line, the environment is deteriorating, the Washington Redskins are again flushing themselves down the toilet – but a bunch of U.S. House members think the big problem is that President Obama doesn’t invoke God enough in his public statements.

“During three separate events this fall, when quoting from the Declaration of Independence, you mentioned that we have inalienable rights, but consistently failed to mention the source of the rights,” the 42 signers huffed in a letter to the chief executive.

I’m not making this up; you can read the letter yourself here. (Note, if you will, that there are no Jews on the list).

Signers were also in a froth because in his speech in Jakarta, Indonesia last month the president said the nation’s motto is E Pluribus Unum when it’s really “In God We Trust,” which replaced the unofficial E Pluribus Unum mouthful in 1956.

OMG, we’d better impeach the guy.

Signers include Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has made a nice little political career of this kind of thing, but also Rep. Mike Pence (R-In.), who reportedly is considering the possibility of running for president – or maybe that’s Pastor-In-Chief.

Is this an indication of what we’re in for in the next Congress? Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night, to quote that famous political analyst Bette Davis.

I’m guessing this kind of thing won’t go down well with the ADL’s Abe Foxman, that radical far left winger who believes lawmakers should be worrying about more serious matters than whether politicians invoke God enough.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.