In an irony befitting only a rabid President Obama supporter, the USPS is releasing a stamp to honor Maya Angelou. The only problem is the quote accompanying the image of Mrs. Angelou is not actually hers – it’s a fraud.
The stamp features the quote: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Apparently the USPS was trying to highlight a 1969 book authored by Angelou titled “I know why the caged bird sings“.
But the actual quote does not belong to Angelou. The quotation on the stamp is from “A Cup of Sun”, a 1967 poetry collection by children’s author Joan Walsh Anglund. When Anglund was contacted by the Washington Post she admitted the quotation was actually from her own writing, and not from Maya Angelou.
However, a Postal Service spokesman also told the Post the line, which has been widely -and falsely- attributed to Angelou, by people including President Obama, was approved for use on the stamp by Angelou’s family. Go figure.
According to the LATimes:
“It’s likely too late for the Postal Service to do anything about the stamp, at least in the short term. A dedication ceremony for the stamp is under way in Washington, D.C., as of this writing. Expected guests include First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and writer and broadcaster Melissa Harris-Perry”.
How fitting. Selling yet another Obama governmental ruse you have Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Melissa Harris-Perry honoring a fellow phony with the use of a fraud.
You just can’t make this stuff up folks.