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President Barack Obama mocked Congress’ decision to reaffirm ‘In God We Trust’ as the nation’s official motto, instead of working to help people get jobs in a speech in Washington, D.C. today.In a speech highlighting the infrastructure spending in his stalled American Jobs Act, Obama said: “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”
“What have you guys been debating, John [Boehner]? You’ve been debating a commemorative coin for baseball? You have legislation reaffirming that “In God We Trust” is our motto. That’s not putting people back to work.”
The House of Representatives passed the concurring resolution by a margin of 396 – 9 on Tuesday night, with two members voting “present.”
The official summary of the resolution says its purpose is: “Reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.”
UPDATE 12:57: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended Obama’s decision to criticise Congress over the ‘In God We Trust’ vote in his press briefing: “I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves,'” he said.
The problem: The line does not appear in the bible.
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