Flashback: Constitution Prof Got Date of Constitutional Convention Wrong

When Barack Obama's delivered his infamous "race speech" in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008 that was designed to rid himself of the Jeremiah Wright controversy, his mainstream media fans gushed, declaring that it should be taught in schools. One of the reasons it has not been taught, however--aside from the fact that it was a total fraud--is that Obama betrayed his ignorance of the U.S. Constitution in the first few sentences:

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

As any young civics student knows, the Constitutional Convention took place over the summer of 1787 (May-September), not in the spring. That glaring error was only the first sign that Obama's much-touted experience as a lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago had been overhyped. We are seeing further the evidence now, as Obama bullies the Supreme Court with arguments that are contradicted by over 200 years of jurisprudence.


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