The Daily Caller believes it has caught the White House in an attempt to erase a Presidential gaffe from history:
“White House officials have quietly changed an official transcript to hide President Barack Obama’s embarrassing historical error during his international press conference with French President Francois Hollande. Obama’s error came when he misnamed Alexis de Tocqueville, a clear-eyed Frenchman who explained the subtle miracle of American culture and democracy in the 1830s. His book is a classic, partly because his insights about Americans’ social equality and civic society have become commonplace among centrists and conservatives. But Obama called him “Alex” in front of the French and U.S. press, and while facing banks of TV cameras. The White House’s official transcript, however, hides the presidential error by using the correct name. It now says that Obama declared: “Alexis de Tocqueville — that great son of France who chronicled our American democracy.
“Obama’s error was slight, but badly timed, partly because Obama is holding a state dinner for Hollande tonight.”
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz:
Is the White House transcript alteration of the President’s shortened version of de Tocqueville’s first name a mere edit of a trivial and immaterial miscue by President Obama (ethical) or an attempted cover-up, as the Daily Caller argues, of “an embarrassment for a President who claims to have been a constitutional scholar, and a judicious student of American history” (unethical)?
This kind of exorbitant distrust is what a President risks creating when he and his spokespersons have repeatedly attempted to deny or distort his recorded words as Obama and the White House has done, with Bengazi, with Syria, with Obamacare. Nevertheless, this distrust magnified by ill will. There is no reason to preserve this verbal hiccup; Obama calling Alexis “Alex” is neither damning, significant, meaningful, or interesting. This has to be one of the most desperate “gotchas” ever.
Source: Daily Caller