Obama's comment about the self-evident truths not being self-executing reveals that he either cannot read or, as usual, he is corrupting the meaning of the statement. Truths, by definition, don't need to be self-executing. Jefferson says that equality and the endowment of certain inalienable rights from our Creator are obvious truths that government is formed to secure or protect. We have them, government's roll is to protect them, not cause them because we already are possessed of them. What Obama is saying that government must make sure we are equal, have happiness, liberty or life. The founders are spinning in their graves as they knew what government can provide, it can take away, that is why it says we are endowed with these rights.