David Barton Repeats Zombie Lie about President Obama and Thanksgiving

by Dan Quinn

David Barton, the right-wing propagandist and phony historian from Texas, is repeating the same lie (told by him and others many times already) about President Obama supposedly ignoring God at Thanksgiving. Here is a Twitter post from Barton today:

“4th Straight Year: Obama Thanksgiving Resolution Doesn’t Thank God”

Barton, a former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party who runs an organization (WallBuilders) that calls separation of church and state a “myth,” then links to this article from the right-wing LifeNews.com website, which declares:

“For the fourth straight year, the Thanksgiving resolution from President Barack Obama fails to actually thank God — which is the fundamental reason why Thanksgiving is observed.”

The article quotes from Thanksgiving proclamations by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of which referred to God.

As we noted earlier this year, claims by Barton and others that President Obama has left God out of his Thanksgiving proclamations are simply untrue. First, the LifeNews.com article is referring to President Obama’s weekly Internet address, not his Thanksgiving proclamation. Second, as the article acknowledges, President Obama does refer to God in that address.

But more to the point, all four of President Obama’s official Thanksgiving proclamations express, in one form or another, thanks to God for our nation’s blessings. From President Obama’s proclamation this year:

“This day is a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives.”

“Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.”

From his 2011 proclamation:

“As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives.”

From his 2010 proclamation:

“As we stand at the close of one year and look to the promise of the next, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to God for our many blessings, for one another, and for our Nation.”

“As Americans gather for the time-honored Thanksgiving Day meal, let us rejoice in the abundance that graces our tables, in the simple gifts that mark our days, in the loved ones who enrich our lives, and in the gifts of a gracious God.”

From his 2009 proclamation:

“Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed “by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God,” and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured Nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our Nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings.”

Barton has become the far right’s favorite pseudo-intellectual with nonsense like this. Most people who haven’t been drinking his Kool-Aid know he isn’t telling the truth. But we wonder when people who support Barton will finally realize he’s trying to manipulate them with the same ridiculous lies year after year.