* Posted on December 6, 2010 at 6:28pm by Meredith Jessup Meredith Jessup
A convenient talking point became the latest source of political fodder for President Barack Obama’s antagonists on Capitol Hill Monday. Members of Congress on Monday called on President Obama to issue a public correction after he incorrectly identified “E pluribus unum” as the official motto of the United States, supplanting the country’s real motto, “In God We Trust.”
The verbal gaffe happened in November as President Obama spoke at the University of Indonesia. In trying to spell out some similarities between the two countries, Obama compared national mottos.
“In the United States, our motto is ‘E pluribus unum’ — out of many, one,” he said, then compared it to the Indonesian motto, “Bhennika Tunggal Ika — unity in diversity.”