This eRumor is true.
A letter signed by Congressman
J. Randy Forbes of Virginia and 41 other members of the Congressional
Prayer Caucus was sent to President Obama on December 6, 2010 after he
made a speech in Indonesia where he incorrectly said that the national
motto is "E pluribus unum - out of many one." Since 1956,
the official national motto of the United States has been "In God we trust."
The letter reminded the President that the motto is referenced in our
Star Spangled Banner and found on our coins and currency.
Prayer Caucus also had a concern with what it said was a lack of references to God by
President Obama, noting a third occurrence in over a month where the
President omitted the Creator in an October 18, 2010 fundraiser speech.
President Obama said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain
inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness.” The correct text of the Declaration of
Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness."
Prayer Caucus is a non partisan group consisting of 68 members from the
House of Representatives. It was founded and is co-chaired by
Congressman Forbes. Representative Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota
is among the members who signed the letter.
Click here for the complete text of the letter in Adobe Acrobat