Politics: Obama finally voices support for the 1st Amendment

Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday September 13th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - It took him an entire day, but better late than never?

After he spent a day condemning 'The Movie' and filmmakers which supposedly caused violent uprisings throughout the Middle East, President Obama has finally managed to issue a statement supporting the 1st Amendment.

During an interview with CBS's Steve King, Obama said “We believe in the First Amendment. It is one of the hallmarks of our Constitution that I’m sworn to uphold, and so we are always going to uphold the rights for individuals to speak their mind.”

This interview will be broadcast tonight, but CBS has released a transcript, probably to aid their favorite President in his damage control efforts.

The statement stands in stark contrast to the Cairo embassy's assertion that the movie in question amounted to an "abuse" of free speech. It also undercuts his earlier assertion that "“Since our founding, the U.S. has been a nation that respects all faiths and rejects all effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” He raised eyebrows with this comment, since he made it without recognizing the fact that, while he may be correct, we're also a nation founded on the idea that if we want to criticize a religion, we have the legal right to do so.

His recent affirmation of his duty to uphold our Constitutional rights came on the heels of sharp criticism from Mitt Romney, who called the administration's initial reactions "shameful." The sad thing is, this should have been his reaction in the first place.  That it's taken him a day to say it is, at best, unfortunate.

Since Mr. Obama has now claimed that he is sworn to uphold American rights which are spelled out in the Constitution, we can only assume he feels just as strongly about the rest of the Bill of Rights, including the right to bear arms...illegal search and seizure...indefinate detention...etc...etc...etc...