News sources and bloggers began reporting on the story the 2012 Democratic platform omitted 2008 language that contained a brief mention of "God" (the only mention of "God" in that document) and a statement that the Democratic Party recognized Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.
Whether Obama knew about the dropping of the 2008 language is not clear. Nonetheless, Obama asked that the delegates on the floor make late amendments to the 2012 platform to reinstate the 2008 language. Chairman of the convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, recognized Platform Chairman former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to introduce the amendments which are as follows:
Amendment 1: "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone wiling to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
Amendment 2: "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."
In his presentation, Gov. Strickland talks about being an ordained Methodist minister and made clear that President Obama's position was that Jerusalem should remain as Israel's undivided capital and the platform's language should reflect that. Actually President Obama supported both amendments.
It didn't matter. Once the amendments were shown on the screen, many delegates turned against the proposals. Finally on the third voice vote, Mayor Villaraigosa declared that the "aye" votes prevailed by the required 2/3 though that was clearly that was not the case. At best they were evenly divided.
While the amendments were deemed to have passed, Republicans received the gift of footage of Democrats booing an innocuous reference to "God" in their platform as well as tepid pro-Israel language. You can bet that footage will be used by Republicans to paint the Democratic Party as being hostile to religious voters and Jewish voters in particular. Those are issues that can easily tip the balance against Obama in swing states like Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa and Florida.