Obama and the Founders
In “Obama’s Truth” (October 1), Charles R. Kesler does a remarkable job of sorting through some of the muddled thinking in Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. But Mr. Kesler is too hard on our president’s attempts to reconcile the seemingly inclusive language in our founding documents with the existence of slavery.
He seems to believe that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution have always been understood to apply to black Americans. For example, he writes that the Founders only “allegedly exclud[ed] black Americans from constitutional protections as equal human beings and citizens” (emphasis added).