Skip to comments.Obama Twice Mistakenly Mentions "My Sons," While Defending Contraception Mandate
Posted on 05/25/2012 12:03:48 PM PDT by MissesBush
In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned "my sons" when defending his administration's regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.
Obama, of course, has two daughters--10-year-old Sasha and 13-year-old Malia--but no sons.
On Monday, 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations across the country--including the archdioceses of New York and Washington, D.C. and the University of Notre Dame and Catholic University of Americaâfiled 12 different lawsuits against the Obama administration arguing that because the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate would force Catholics to act against the teachings of their faith it violates the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
At the Iowa State Fair Grounds on Thursday, Obama said: âWe donât need another political fight about ending a womanâs right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood or taking away affordable birth control. We donât need that. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same economic opportunities as my sons. Weâre not turning back the clock. Weâre not going back there.â
Both the transcript of the Iowa speech distributed by the White House and a video of it posted by the Des Moines Register indicated that Obama mistakenly said âmy sons.â
The video of the speech posted by the Des Moines Register also shows that despite his slip about "my sons," the president was speaking with the help of a teleprompter.
On Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, Calif., Obama made the same mistaken reference to âmy sons.â
âWe donât need another political fight about ending a womanâs right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood, or taking away access to affordable birth control,â Obama said, according to the White House transcript of his speech. âI want women to control their own health care choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as my sons. Weâre not rolling back the clock.â
In other recent speeches, Obama delivered virtually the same line as he did at the Iowa State Fair Grounds and at the Fox Theatre but said "your sons" instead of "my sons."
In Denver on Wednesday, for example, according to the White House transcript, Obama said at a campaign event at the Hyatt Regency: "We certainly donât need another political fight about ending a womanâs right to choose, or get rid of Planned Parenthood, or taking away affordable birth control. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons."
Obama also delivered the line that way on May 10 at a campaign event in Seattle.
Earlier this month, at a campaign event at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, Obama made a similarly mistaken reference to âmy sonsâ while defending of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits alleging discrimination in employment compensation.
âThe first bill I signed, the Lilly Ledbetter Act--a simple proposition--equal pay for equal work. I donât want my daughters treated differently than my sons,â Obama said, according to the White House transcript of that speech.
Obama made yet another similar rhetorical slip back on Jan. 12, while speaking at a campaign event at a private residence in Chicago, Ill. At that event, according to the White House transcript, he also mistakenly mentioned âmy sonsâ in the context of talking about the Lily Ledbetter law.
âThe first bill I signed--a bill that said that weâre going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons,â said Obama. âWe got that done.â
In that instance, the Washington Post and Politico both took notice of the presidentâs slip of the tongue. Post columnist Al Kamen wrote: âBreaking news! President Obama, speaking last night in Chicago at a fundraiser at a private home, unloaded this bombshell: Obama, according to the White House transcript, talked about âThe first bill I signed--a bill that said that weâre going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.â Sons? What sons? How many? Where? Names? Do the girls know? (More importantly, does Michelle?) Will the boys be joining him on the campaign trail?â
Politico picked up on Kamenâs piece, posting a short item by Byron Tau that said: âThe Washington Post's Al Kamen catches this nugget in President Obama's address to supporters yesterday in Chicago: âThe first bill I signed--a bill that said that weâre going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.â It's not the first time that a rhetorical hypothetical has tripped up the president, as when a âMuslim faithâ reference was taken wildly out of context.â
Obama, as noted, does not have sons. Nor was he born in Kenya. Nor is he a Muslim.
But it is a fact, as the White House itself reported in its transcripts of his speeches, that on four occasions this year President Obama has rhetorically slipped up and mistakenly talked about âmy sonsâânonexistent though they are.
And in the last two days, in two separate speeches, he mistakenly talked about âmy sonsâ in defending his mandate to force Catholics and Catholic institutions to act against the teachings of their faith in buying and providing health plans that pay for sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients.
The Catholic teachings on sterilization, contraception and abortion that Obamaâs mandate would force Catholics to violate are based in part on the premise that man has no right to veto Godâs decision to bring a new life into the world.
âIt is to be anticipated that perhaps not everyone will easily accept this particular teaching,â Pope Paul VI said in the 1968 Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae. âThere is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church, and this is intensified by modern means of communication. But it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is destined to be a âsign of contradiction.â She does not, because of this, evade the duty imposed on her of proclaiming humbly but firmly the entire moral law, both natural and evangelical.
âSince the Church did not make either of these laws, she cannot be their arbiterâonly their guardian and interpreter,â said the pope. âIt could never be right for her to declare lawful what is in fact unlawful, since that, by its very nature, is always opposed to the true good of man. In preserving intact the whole moral law of marriage, the Church is convinced that she is contributing to the creation of a truly human civilization.â
When a person lies long enough, sometimes they begin to believe the lies themself. The thing about telling the truth is that you never have to remember what the last or former lie was. This tripup seems very telling. There have been a lot of things hidden, covered up, and just plain erased about his past. Maybe some of those skeletons are starting to come out.
Having watched all the peculiar gaffs zero has made the last several years, it reinforces my suspicion that his entire life, and family are nothing but props. Didn’t he misquote his own age a while back? My muslim fai...oops christian faith, etc. Little slips of the mask. Somebody should yell “hey Steve” at a press conference and see if he responds, if only for a brief moment.
His 'sons' are floating in some boyfriend's toilet bowl.
And then we’d have Biden, the one man in the Executive Branch that is less qualified than Obama to be President.
“Nahh - she is too old.”
She doesn’t have to ‘have’ them.
Just carry them through the campaign then dispose of them after the use for them is over.
It all depends on the polling though.
He lies so much, he can’t tell the truth even about his family. He doesn’t know the diffence between lies and truths anymore.
More like crack up his nose today. Jarrett isn't going to be able to keep it under wraps much longer.
I’d actually say Biden is more qualified than Obama, if only because we know for certain where Biden was born, and at what time.
(let the other-worldy jokes commence)
“It all depends on the polling though”
Test marketing of the concept indicates Phase I should go forward.
Many people here have good sense of humor, putting this aside, I notice this guy is having serious psychological problem of distinguishing reality from fiction.
I saw him giving speech on TV, honestly it was like raving lunatic without concept and self-dignity. What is with these people in order to talk they have to scream like somebody is pulling their pants or skirts down with inappropriate matter.
This is like having person asking dead man, you buddy how’s hanging in there.
Maybe he has two sons... that look like Trayyyvonnnnn.
I think you are right.
This kind of alternative universe-living seems to have become quite widespread in many parts of the world, doesn’t it?
Or he thinks he is GOD.
Acting President Biden?!
“Or he thinks he is GOD.”
We are ALL children of Obama. And we all—red, yellow, black or white—are precious in his sight.
He has his son, Trayvon, on his mind.
are we sure it is a mistake? He may have two sons we don’t know about.
Yes. It is like wild virus.