A group of conservative lawmakers were forced to send President Obama a letter yesterday after he messed up the national motto during a speech in Indonesia.
Obama told an Indonesian audience that the national motto was E pluribus unum – “Out of many, one.”
It’s not. They national motto is “In God We Trust.”
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A letter signed by 42 members of Congress criticizes President Barack Obama for telling students in Indonesia last month that America’s national motto is “E Pluribus Unum.”
Obama commented to the students last month that the U.S. and Indonesia share a similar history. “It is a story written into our national mottos. In the United States, our motto is ‘E Pluribus Unum’ — out of many, one.”
In a letter to the White House, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus — mostly Republican — note that the national motto has been “In God We Trust” since 1956.
In God We Trust became the official motto of the United States in 1956. The change was motivated in part by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes Atheism, and Western capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian.