Gaffetastic. Obama Blows Line From Statue of Liberty in Immigration Address — It's Even Wrong on the White House Website!

“Give me your tired, and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free…”

President Barack Obama
Blowing a line from Emma Lazarus‘ famous poem.
Amnesty Speech
July 1, 2010

Umm… It’s “yearning to breathe free”, Barack.

Barack Obama blew a line from Emma Lazarus‘ poem “The New Colossus” that appears on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty today during his immigration speech.

Here’s Barack Obama fumbling the lines from one of the world’s most famous poems:
(At 2:41 of the video)

Hat Tip Bob Grant

It wasn’t a fluke…
The White House website even has the wrong words:

Of course, this surprises no one.

Here’s more on this famous poem:

Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers. And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America.
Years before the statue was built — years before it would be seen by throngs of immigrants craning their necks skyward at the end of long and brutal voyage, years before it would come to symbolize everything that we cherish — she imagined what it could mean. She imagined the sight of a giant statue at the entry point of a great nation -– but unlike the great monuments of the past, this would not signal an empire. Instead, it would signal one’s arrival to a place of opportunity and refuge and freedom.

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand,” she wrote,

A mighty woman with a torch…
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome…
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”…
“Give me your tired, and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free…
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Let us remember these words. For it falls on each generation to ensure that that lamp -– that beacon -– continues to shine as a source of hope around the world, and a source of our prosperity here at home.

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