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The Obama Gaffe Machine

Michelle presents the Obama gaffe machine today by giving us a very small sampling of the many, many gaffes Obama has made throughout his campaign. Somehow, he's still the Democratic nominee (let's not kid ourselves otherwise).

Here's a bit of what Michelle pointed out (read the article to see them all):

All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of "potatoe." The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush's questions about new scanner technology at a grocers' convention to brand him permanently as out of touch.

But what about Barack Obama? The guy's a perpetual gaffe machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:

  • Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people: "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed." The actual death toll: 12.

  • Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."

  • Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multibillion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup: "Here's something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I'm not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don't know exactly what's going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you I'll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport."

    I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that he's voted on at least one defense-authorization bill that addressed the "costs, schedules, and technical issues" dealing with the nation's most contaminated nuclear-waste site.


  • Make sure to read the whole thing.

    Hat Tip: Hot Air Headlines


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    Comments (15)

    Heh. The first time I hear... (Below threshold)

    Heh. The first time I heard the "57 states" gaffe, I looked it up: and found the "Organisation of the Islamic Conference." Weird.

    ZOMG, Lysander! Not weird a... (Below threshold)
    Donnie:

    ZOMG, Lysander! Not weird at all. Obama doesn't know there are only fifty states and your google is just more evidence of dhimmitude!

    Hey! Didn't you get the me... (Below threshold)

    Hey! Didn't you get the message? We are not allow to talk about Obama. Here is a list of things not to mention about Obama.

    His wife
    his pastor
    his friends
    his mother
    his father
    his grandmother
    his religion
    his liberalism
    his ears
    his name
    his plan for "Change"
    his flag pin
    his education
    his family's income
    his economic strategy
    his intentions for discussions with lunatic heads of state
    his dealings with Rezko
    his links to Farrakhan
    his experience in management
    his appeasement
    his gaffes
    and we can't talk about his liberalism.

    Keep this list handy so you don't make the mistake again.

    The dems will again choose ... (Below threshold)
    moseby:

    The dems will again choose a complete imcompetent boob to run for prez. The chimp is toast once he's selected. And zira and wright, and the whole mess will be in fair play...heh heh...it is going to be a great summer!!

    I checked out Malkin's colu... (Below threshold)
    Chris Fabri:

    I checked out Malkin's column. Let me preface this by saying a gaffe doesn't amount to anything. People make mistakes. And you know what they say: glass houses, people without sin, etc.

    *"Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed." The actual death toll: 12."

    Yeah, that's either a gaffe, or it's politicking. It does sound like politicking.


    *Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.""

    That's called a joke.


    *Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, South Dakota audience, Obama exulted: "Thank you Sioux City...I said it wrong. I've been in Iowa for too long. I'm sorry."

    Again, he said the town's name wrong? And immediately caught it, apologized, and made a joke at their neighboring states expense?


    *Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: "Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it's not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle." On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?

    Here's a map:

    http://county-map.digital-topo-maps.com/

    I think you'll find, in fact, that Kentucky *is* closer to Arkansas than Illinois is. Granted, not by much, but Obama is from Chicago, which is significantly farther from Kentucky than Little Rock is. Regardless, Malkin brings up a fact that isn't even right.

    *Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement:

    *"There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born."

    Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was "speaking metaphorically about the civil rights movement as a whole."

    Yeah, I hate politicians who pull this crap too.


    Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multi-billion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear waste clean-up:

    "Here's something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I'm not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don't know exactly what's going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you I'll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport."

    I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that he's voted on at least one defense authorization bill that addressed the "costs, schedules, and technical issues" dealing with the nation's most contaminated nuclear waste site.

    Isn't this like the Straight-Talk Express? Senator claims ignorance of something he probably should no more about? How about you hit him when he fails to live up to the explicit promise he makes in the speech? That seems like fair game.


    *Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obama's "Dreams from My Father:"

    "Then, there's the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don't exist, say the magazine's own historians."

    I'll again say I hate when politicians do stuff like this. It's completely unnecessary. However, it take more than saying some unnamed source claims it's untrue. Where is Malkin's reference?

    * And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn't "pose a serious threat to us"-cluelessly arguing that "tiny countries" with small defense budgets can't do us harm- and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, "I've made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave."

    Ah, finally, the actual substance Malkin's supports claim her columns contain. Is Iran as big a danger as the USSR was? Are they puny compared to the USSR? Cutting through the crap, this whole issus is about whether we use diplomacy with Iran, or puff out our chests, put our fingers in our ears, and just bomb them. Diplomacy worked pretty well with the USSR. I can say that, because the Earth wasn't destroyed by a nuclear war. There were a bunch of Chicken Little's running around in the '50s saying Communism was going to take over the world and destroy the American way of life. Looks pretty foolish now. Same deal with Iran, same deal with terrorism. You can either engage and solve the problem, or lash out and make it worse.

    I forwarded this link to a ... (Below threshold)

    I forwarded this link to a buddy of mine, who is so in the tnak for Sen. Obama.

    He replied Yup - he is human... don't like when people do it to your guy but its fine for the other guy?

    I answered: All I ask is for an equal playing field; that would be the kind of change I'd think Sen. Obama would endorse, don't you.

    He's still fuming....

    Ah, finally, the actual ... (Below threshold)
    Tim:

    Ah, finally, the actual substance Malkin's supports claim her columns contain. Is Iran as big a danger as the USSR was? Are they puny compared to the USSR? Cutting through the crap, this whole issus is about whether we use diplomacy with Iran, or puff out our chests, put our fingers in our ears, and just bomb them. Diplomacy worked pretty well with the USSR. I can say that, because the Earth wasn't destroyed by a nuclear war. There were a bunch of Chicken Little's running around in the '50s saying Communism was going to take over the world and destroy the American way of life. Looks pretty foolish now. Same deal with Iran, same deal with terrorism. You can either engage and solve the problem, or lash out and make it worse. Russia wasn't run by a fanatic with a martyr complex. We didn't just sit around and talk and talk until the Soviets went under. We fought them politically, economically, and militarily. Sure, we didn't line up for a toe to toe slugfest, but we engaged in numerous proxy wars. One side or the other was involved in Korea, Vietnam, Angola, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Grenada, and other conflicts around the globe. Communism didn't take over the world because we listened to 'Chicken Little' instead of the ostriches on the left. You're welcome.

    As stated before, I won't b... (Below threshold)
    jp2:

    As stated before, I won't be voting for Obama because he said 57 states. It's just to big of a chasm to make up for at this point.

    On the other hand, John McCain doesn't know the difference between the groups in Iraq and also doesn't know who the leader of Iran is.

    Oh, lordy, what am I going to do?

    This shows the hypocrisy of... (Below threshold)
    SPQR:

    This shows the hypocrisy of Democrats, who have ridiculed George Bush for errors of smaller magnitude for years. If Obama was a Republican, Slate would have a feature called "Obamism of the Day".

    The only difference between... (Below threshold)

    The only difference between Obama's gaffes and, for example, Dan Quayle gaffes, are the liberal press and entertainment industry who openly despise and are ready willing able to exploit any and all things Republican at every given turn, while burying the gaffes of their appointed Messiah lest he be exposed as something all-too human.

    Hmmm...Republican - "out of... (Below threshold)

    Hmmm...Republican - "out of touch"

    Democrat - "just being human"


    Just being human = out of touch?

    .If he knows he is l... (Below threshold)
    USpace Author Profile Page:

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    If he knows he is lying as opposed to being mistaken, then he must be insane to think it would go unnoticed.
    What will NObama say next?
    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    you MUST run for president

    we will all keep backing you
    despite your stupid statements

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    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon
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    Help Halt Terrorism Now!
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    USpace

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    Here's something that yo... (Below threshold)

    Here's something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I'm not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don't know exactly what's going on there. (Applause.)

    So it has come to this. Applauding ignorance. Truly the '60s have changed the world. "When everyone is super..."

    Over the weekend in Oreg... (Below threshold)
    Brian:

    Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multibillion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup

    McCain: "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should."

    I don't know about you, but I favor a president who knows about nuclear waste dumps over one who knows about economics!

    Fortunately, McCain also says, "I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues."

    Phew! At least he knows about military issues!

    "I would not do that unless Gen. [David] Petraeus said that he felt that the situation called for that," McCain said, referring to the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

    Petraeus, however, made clear last week that he has nothing to do with the decision.

    Uh oh!

    Here's an example of BHO's ... (Below threshold)

    Here's an example of BHO's mouth in gear before his handlers can stop him:

    http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/beyond/2008/05/all-of-the-presidential-candid.html

    This is the issue that will sink the BHO campaign.




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