We the People
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Peter Sagal has a motorcycle with “We the People” painted on it. Everyone at the National Archives is jealous.
Why did we have two sightings of Peter Sagal yesterday? The host of the radio program “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” was stopping by the home of the Constitution to film some segments for his upcoming program “CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal.”
After shooting in front of the Constitution in the dim light of the Rotunda, he came back in the afternoon so his film crew could shoot some sunny footage of him on this Constitution-themed hog outside the National Archives.
Constitution 225: Tweet the Preamble!
Think you can condense the Preamble into 140 characters? Tweet away, or reblog with your submission!
It took 5 men to write the 52-word Preamble, but we think you can do it in 140 characters on Twitter (or in the comments below).
From today through September 17—the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution—we’re asking you to condense the meaning of the Preamble in a bite-sized tweet and let us know at @USNatArchives.
On Constitution Day, the Archivist of the United States will choose the winner, who will receive a pocket-size Constitution from the Foundation for the National Archives.
The rules are simple: shorten the Preamble down to as few words (or letters) as possible while retaining the Preamble’s meaning, then tweet us your response using the hashtag #Preamble. (Or, just put your submission in the comments below)
“We the People of the United States, in Order to
form a more perfect Union, establish Justice,
insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America.”
Full details here: http://go.usa.gov/r7TH
Constitution of the United States
Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on September 17, 1787, established the government of the United States.