Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2009]
"It's time to move away from the failed policies of the past," said Obama during a Rose Garden press conference, "and the first step is apologizing for the original sin of this nation against the sensibilities of the international community."
"The Declaration of Independence from the wise and benevolent guiding hand of Great Britain was, in the eyes of some, an important step," said Obama. "But the
"Therefore," declared Obama, "we, the people of the United States of America, do formally apologize and ask for the forgiveness of the descendants and heirs of Great Britain's people and monarchy."
Reaction to the apology was mixed.
Vice President Joe Biden said the apology was "a good start," but noted that if we really wanted to make amends for 233 years of disloyalty, America would have to "show our sincerity with deeds, not words."
"If we really want to make up with Great Britain," said Biden, "we need to become more like them. We should adopt their health care system. And their ban on guns. And their ban on knives. Man, I hate knives
Queen Elizabeth the Second said that she would "consider" accepting the apology if Obama would "take back this stupid iPod and send me a
Origins: This item about President Obama's supposedly issuing an executive order "apologizing" for the Declaration of Independence was an Independence Day-themed bit of satire posted to the IMAO web site on
The text of the satirical article was scraped off the site and forwarded widely via
Last updated: 7 July 2009