Facsimile Constitution Gets Starring Role in Presidential Speech

By Caitlin Taylor

May 21, 2009 1:20pm

No, that was not an actual copy of the Constitution behind President Obama as he spoke today.

A spokeswoman for the National Archives confirms that just like in the movie National Treasure, the document on display today was a facsimile.

The klieg lights in the room were way too bright and harsh for the Constitution, which is usually seen just by dim candle-lights, as seen here.

facsimile 2 Facsimile Constitution Gets Starring Role in Presidential Speech

So the facsimiles were brought out for this event.. The impact of President Obama speaking in the echo-filled chamber with the words "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERCA" etched in marble behind him were not accidental.

- jpt

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