"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." According to media reports, this quote keeping Obama company on his wheat-colored carpet is from King.
Except it's not a King quote. The words belong to a long-gone Bostonian champion of social progress. His roots in the republic ran so deep that his grandfather commanded the Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington.
For the record, Theodore Parker is your man, President Obama. Unless you're fascinated by antebellum American reformers, you may not know of the lyrically gifted Parker, an abolitionist, Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist thinker who foresaw the end of slavery, though he did not live to see emancipation. He died at age 49 in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War.
A century later, during the civil rights movement, King, an admirer of Parker, quoted the Bostonian's lofty prophecy during marches and speeches.
My investigation into this error led me to David Remnick's biography of Obama, "The Bridge," published this year. Early in the narrative, Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, presents this as "Barack Obama's favorite quotation." It appears that neither Remnick nor Obama has traced the language to its true source.
Bush had a higher IQ than Kerry, but didn't allocate near enough time learning to fawn, huff, posture, or mispronounce the name Genghis. Therefore, the lunatic elite...in their minds only...decided that skin-deep was good enough and began hating the man.
Sarah Palin is going through much of the same. Nice ideas, fresh approaches, seems smart as a whip but ONLY to those who know what to look for when smart searching.
Betcha if she started learning to say Jen-Jhis it'd be a horse of a different color.