by John Hawkins | April 30, 2004 1:36 am
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-WA, explained yesterday that he had omitted the words “under God” while leading House colleagues in the Pledge of Allegiance because he had learned the Pledge before 1954 when the phrase was inserted by an act of Congress.
Later, a spokesman confirmed that Mr. McDermott also often forgets about the 1964 Civil Rights Act, because when he was in grade school it was still legal to discriminate on the basis of race.
“The Congressman also needs repeated reminders that Alaska and Hawaii are states, since they weren’t when he was a child,” the unnamed source said. “Which also explains why he visited Iraq and praised its leadership before the war. Rep. McDermott learned about Iraq before it fell under Ba’athist control, and he just forgot that it was ruled by a ruthless, bloodthirsty dictator for decades.”
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