Media Ignore Biden, Obama Gaffes While Targeting Bachmann

Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 02:54 PM

By David A. Patten

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Although the media appear focused right now on any verbal blunders coming from the mouths of conservative Republicans, history
indicates that bloopers are truly bipartisan.

Here’s a comparison of embarrassing remarks made by three political leaders: GOP  Rep. Michele Bachmann, President Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Whose blunders are worse? You be the judge.

Rep. Michele Bachmann President Barack Obama Vice-President Joe Biden
On June 26 she stated actor John Wayne was born in Waterloo, Iowa. In fact he was born in Winterset, Iowa, although his parents met in Waterloo. He likened his bowling to “the Special Olympics or something” on the Jay Leno show, and later called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize. Biden in 2008 asked a Missouri state senator to stand up and take a bow. Biden was unaware that the politician was wheelchair-bound.
In March, she described New Hampshire as the state where “the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord" in the Revolutionary War. Except that was in Massachusetts. Obama called Nancy Reagan and apologized for saying the former first lady had conducted séances in the White House, after The Associated Press reported Obama’s charge was untrue. In September 2008, Biden said FDR spoke to the public via a televised address following the stock market crash. But Herbert Hoover was president at the time, and the only TV sets were experimental.
In January, Bachmann said the Founding Fathers had “worked tirelessly” to end slavery. But some of them – including Jefferson and Washington – were slave owners. In February 2010, Obama referred to a Navy Corpsman as a “corpse man,” mispronouncing the military title in which the “p” is silent. Shortly after being sworn in, Biden hailed Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens as “one of the great justices,” then identifies him as someone else, “Justice Stewart.”
In an effort to clear up that statement, Bachmann referred to John Quincy Adams as one of the Founding Fathers. But the nation’s 6th president was just 16 when the Battle of Yorktown was fought. As a candidate in May 2008, Obama claimed he had visited 57 U.S. states – rather improbably given that only 50 exist. In February 2009, Biden appeared on the CBS Early Show to assure voters that he would carefully monitor stimulus spending. But he forgot the “website number” for the site.
In April 2009, she told Pajamas Media that the swine flu outbreak occurred under former President Jimmy Carter. It actually occurred during the presidency of former GOP president Gerald Ford. Earlier this month, President Obama, while speaking at Fort Hood, said he was glad a certain Medal of Honor recipient had survived, when in fact the soldier perished and received the award posthumously. In March 2010, Biden famously told the president, and a national TV audience, that passing Obamacare was a “big
F---ing deal.”
 
October 2008, in an appearance on Chris Matthews Hardball on MSNBC, Bachmann stated Obama harbors “anti-American views.” She later clarifies she questions the president’s policies, not his patriotism. In July 2008 in Indiana, Obama said in a speech that “The Bomb” had been dropped on Pearl Harbor. The incident occurred when Obama appeared to have difficulty reading what was written on his teleprompter. Biden’s joke that one could hardly visit a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts in his home state of Delaware, unless one spoke with an Indian accent, falls flat with minorities.
On Sunday on Face the Nation, Bachmann said that President Obama had released “all” the oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In fact, only about 4 percent of was released. In May 2008, President Obama stated that his uncle was among “the first American troops to go into Auschwitz.” But Stalin’s Red Army, not America, liberated Auschwitz. When a longtime former senate colleague referred to Biden as “Mister Vice-President” Biden replied “give me a f---ing break.” The remark was picked up by a microphone.








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