Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is positively overjoyed with President Obama's recent bill protecting gays, lesbians and transgenders from discrimination by federal contractors.
So overjoyed, in fact, that Inslee introduced the president at a fundraising event Tuesday in Seattle by invoking a phrase commonly attributed to civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“You've got a Democratic president who is bending the arc of the moral universe forward [emphasis added],” Inslee said, referring to the president's recent executive order.
The phrase, which is featured prominently in the Oval Office, is commonly attributed to King. However, the arc-bending rhetoric actually comes from Theodore Parker, an “abolitionist, Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist thinker who foresaw the end of slavery, though he did not live to see emancipation,” according to the Washington Post.
But regardless of whether the phrase comes from Parker or King, isn’t it just a tad strong in this setting? Is it maybe a little out of place at a $25,000-per-head fundraising event in Seattle?
Oh, wait. It gets better: “Inslee also placed Obama in context with such events as the 1969 moon landing, saying Obama is going to make history just like John Kennedy' with limits on carbon pollution,” writes Joel Connelly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The only thing missing from these remarks are some comically self-indulgent Greek pillars, promises to heal the world and lower the oceans and sappy, starry-eyed rhetoric about “oceans of tomorrow” (or some such nonsense).