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Mr. Eloquent

Unbelievable Obama Gaffes, Mistakes, Lies, and Confusion  (08:42)
Gaffe Of The Year -- 2009
On Monday, April 27th, 2009 -- a perfect storm of idiocy led to a frightening 9/11 flashback for thousands of New Yorkers Monday when a jumbo jet and two F-16 fighter jets buzzed lower Manhattan without warning.  A "furious" Mayor Bloomberg denounced the dunces who dreamed up the stunt, as an Obama administration official said the mission, to get a picture of Air Force One flying around the Statue of Liberty, was classified "Top Secret." 
Bomb Gaffe
Despite his huge support staff, Obama still manages to screw up basic American historical  facts -- from a speech in West Lafayette, Indiana (CNN transcripts) (video).

"Throughout our history, America's confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world."

The History Place tells us that the Japanese attack force under the command of Admiral Nagumo, consisting of six carriers with 423 planes -- according to the Obamamessiah, ONLY ONE HAD A BOMB!

Eight battleships were damaged, with five sunk.  Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels were lost along with 188 aircraft.  The casualty list included 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded.  Included are 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona.

That must have been "some bomb" - eh, Obama?
Where Do I Work Gaffe
In this video, Obama refers to the Banking Committee as "my committee."

Obama: "Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee, a billÖ" (Obama Press Conference, Sderot, Israel, July 23, 2008) (video)

The problem is, Obama is not on the Banking Committee and is not on any of its subcommittees.

This probably explains why Obama never called a meeting of his subcommittee on European relations to discuss the NATO effort in Afghanistan. 

He hasn't been at work in the U. S. Senate enough to even know what his committee assignments are.  He's too busy campaigning in Europe on the taxpayers dime.

This certainly should give the voter the impression that Obama hasn't got a handle on his current job, let alone the one for which heís campaigning.

Obama Speaks Austrian
Obama responding to a question from an Austrian reporter at the 2009 G-20 Meeting:

At a news conference afterward, Obama said his debut on the international stage had convinced him that "political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate," where he served before entering the White House.  "Thereís a lot of -- I donít know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing, and people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics..."

Tricky language, Austrian.
Obama Speaks Mexican
Mary Katharine Ham likes to note these little incidents when they happen, not because she thinks it makes Obama an idiot because he occasionally stumbles over his words, but because his somewhat overblown reputation as the most cerebral, eloquent, utterly erudite president of all time could really use a pricking every now and then.

Also, because if Bush had made such a blunder, it would have been the basis of a four-part MSNBC investigative series on the malapropism's deleterious effects on the Republican Party's attempts to woo Hispanic voters, Mexican-American relations, and our "place in the world."

So, Obama, Mary Katharine will not turn your tendency to misspeak (and, then reprimand your Teleprompter) into an international incident, but she will note it with some glee:

On the eve of the Mexican holiday, Obama on Monday had an event in the East Room of the White House with Mexico's Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.

Obama joked that it was "Cinco de Cuatro," botching a play on the Spanish word for "four" when he meant to say "Cuatro de Mayo," or the Fourth of May.  He tried again, but he still did not get it right.

This from a unilingual man who's embarrassed that more of us can't speak French and suggested that we all learn Spanish.  If only he were as conversant in Spanish as he is in noted non-language "Austrian," this wouldn't have happened.

The literal translation of "cinco de cuatro" is "five of four."  Maybe Obama was talking about the time of day?  He quits working at 4 PM -- it's in his union contract -- and was just warning all present that he was done for the day -- he gets tired, you know.
Obama came under fire today for saying small-town Pennsylvania residents were "bitter" and "cling to guns or religion," in comments his rivals said showed an elitist view of the middle class.

"You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them." Obama said.

"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." he said.

What makes this so breathtaking is the mindless, casual way in which Obama reveals his snobbishness and elitism.  We saw hints of this from Michelle Obama, in her assertions about never being proud of her country until her husband ran for President.  We had not seen it from Obama himself in such a blatant and unmistakable manner.  The matter-of-fact style in which he spoke this shows the unthinking contempt he has for people he has never engaged -- an acceptance of stereotypes without questioning them that shows his own bigotry, not to mention foolishness and poor judgment.

Obama explained that simple rural folks and other proletarians would abandon their unpleasant devotion to firearms and religion if only the Executive Branch of the Federal Government would preserve their factory jobs.  If Obama sounds familiar here, he should. His comments have a proud pedigree.

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.  The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.  To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions."

That is Karl Marx in Critique of Hegelís Philosophy of Right, 1843.  Obama is saying exactly the same thing as Marx.  They each argue religion exists because the life of a proletarian worker is frustrating and unsatisfying.  Both Obama and Marx argue that the proletarians cling to religion, not for its own sake, but because the economic system is not satisfying their social needs.  To Marxís evaluation of religion, Obama adds firearms and other aspects of rural life in America that progressives donít approve of.

This isnít a mistake.  This isnít a misquote.  This is another insight into how Obama thinks.  The comments that he and his wife make reveal their "progressive" world view.  It is socialist, it is fascist and it is obvious.  All you have to do is listen.

Letís break the statement into its component insults:

"[T]hey cling to gunsÖ"  Cling to guns? Americans have "clung" to guns since the founding of the Republic.  Itís such a core value to this nation that its founders placed it second on the Bill of Rights, right after freedom of speech and religion.  Speaking of which Ö

"or [they cling to] religion Ö"  People donít become religious because the economy hits a few bumps in the road.  Obama may have chosen his religion based on politics, but most people follow a religion out of a deeper sense of spirituality.  I canít think of a more condescending and contemptuous analysis of religious dedication than this statement.

"or [they cling to] antipathy to people who arenít like them or anti-immigrant sentimentÖ"  Small-town voters are bigots and xenophobes; thereís no other way to read the first part of this statement.  The second part, about them being "anti-immigrant," is a non-sequitur.  They may be anti-illegal immigrant, but thatís a far different issue.  Obama offers no proof that small-town voters are xenophobes, but the Frisco audience didnít demand any, either.  Itís part of their own bigotry that makes them see middle America in those terms.

"or [they cling to] anti-trade sentiment Ö"  And this is just jaw-droppingly hypocritical.  This comes from the same candidate who opposes the Colombian free-trade agreement and wants to throw NAFTA out the window.  Whoís clinging to anti-trade sentiment?  Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Big Labor.

It would be difficult to be any more condescending or insulting in so many ways to so many voters in a single sentence.  It reveals a deeply elitist and shockingly callow candidate.  Itís the "Let them eat cake" of 2008.
Bitter Too
At North Carolina's Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C., Clinton campaign North Carolina chieftain Tom Hendrickson, a former state party chair, made much hay out of the "small town" comments made by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

"I normally just come and talk about President Clinton and Senator Clinton at these, but today Senator Obama was out at a fundraiser at I guess a brie and chardonnay crowd in San Francisco," Hendrickson said.  "But his quote talking about small towns in Pennsylvania -- and which applies to small towns across eastern North Carolina -- which is why it is relevant to this tour we are doing today.  And his quote is 'and it is not surprising that they cling to guns and religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant or anti-trade as a way to explain their frustration.'"

"I listened to that quote and I got mad," Hendrickson said, "and I wanted to reach out to Senator Obama and say senator, we are from the rural part of eastern North Carolina.  We are very proud of our heritage, we are proud of who we are.  We are not frustrated.  We are not bitter.  We turn to our faith because we believe, and we hunt and fish because it is part of our culture and we enjoy it."
Obama Flunks World War II History
Obama is a history buff.  When he makes a political point he instinctively reaches for the historical parallel: the Lincolnesque "team of rivals" making up his cabinet, Winston Churchill's attitude to torture or his own family's experience of World War II.

The only problem is that he sometimes gets history wrong.  His plan to visit Buchenwald is in part a tribute to his great-uncle, Charlie Payne, who participated in the liberation of Ohrdruf, a satellite camp.  Last May, however, Obama said that his uncle "was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz."  Republicans pointed out that it was the Soviets who liberated Auschwitz.

"Unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there's no way Obama's statement can be true," a Republican spokesman said.  The Democratic candidate issued a correction, but critical historians have found earlier examples of Obama's elastic approach to the facts.  In 2002 he cited the wartime experiences of his grandfather, Stanley Dunham. "My grandfather...heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka."

Treblinka, like Auschwitz, is in Poland, and was also liberated by Soviet troops.  Last week Obama extrapolated from another historical example -- the prohibition of torture in wartime Britain -- to conclude: "Churchill said 'We don't torture' when ... all of the British people were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat."  Historians pounced again, pointing out there was no record of Churchill explicitly banning torture.

In fact, a November 2005 story in the Guardian details torture by British soldiers between 1940 and 1948, at the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre -- known as the "London Cage" -- run by MI19, responsible for interrogating enemy prisoners of war.

The Guardian concluded that the London Cage "was used partly as a torture centre," where 3,573 German officers and soldiers were brutally interrogated.  SS Captain Fritz Knoechlein, taken to the Cage in October 1946, alleged he was starved, beaten and kept awake for four days straight.
Helpless And Hapless Without TOTUS

Obama's ongoing teleprompter battle continues at MIT today  ( 00:31)
Obama's Frightening Insensitivity
Robert George says Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.

After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed.  The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that Obama would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance.  At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to Obama.  The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light Obama making introductory remarks.  At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, he thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner."  Three minutes in, Obama spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms.  Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned.  An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter.  Obama should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in.  That's the least that should occur.

Indeed, an argument could be made that Obama should have canceled the Indian event, out of respect for people having been murdered at an Army post a few hours before.  That would have prevented any sort of jarring emotional switch at the event.

Did Obama's team not realize what sort of image they were presenting to the country at this moment?  The disconnect between what Americans at home knew had been going on -- and the initial words coming out of his mouth was jolting, if not disturbing.

It must have been disappointing for many politically aware Democrats, still reeling from the election two days before.  The New Jersey gubernatorial vote had already demonstrated that Obama and his political team couldn't produce a winning outcome in a state very friendly to Democrats (and where he won by 15 points one year ago).  And now this?  Congressional Democrats must wonder if a White House that has burdened them with a too-heavy policy agenda over the last year has a strong enough political operation to help push that agenda through.

If Obama's communications apparatus can't inform -- and protect -- their boss during tense moments when the country needs to see a focused and compassionate leader, it has disastrous consequences for his party and supporters.

All of Obama's men (and women) fell down on the job Thursday.  And Democrats across the country have real reason to panic.

Obama's TV appearance was actually worse than the above description.

He was cold, and read his statement as though he were describing how the White House budget is prepared -- it was a shocking display of detachment -- but as a person that loathes all things military, not surprising.

By the way, Joe Medicine Crow is not a recipient of the Medal of Honor.  He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- and from Obama.

Obama is so clueless he doesn't know the difference between the nation's highest award that recognizes "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his [or her] life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States," and an award made for "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Smarty-pants Obama should know the difference between the Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom -- especially since he personally awarded the latter to Crow.

Don't expect this blunder to receive wide coverage.  It's not something he can blame George Bush for.
This Guy Is Clueless

This is why they don't let Obama speak without TOTUS  (03:21)
What's a Corpse, Man?

The dangers of being so heavily dependent on a teleprompter (00:54)
And not knowing what the hell you're talking about -- Obama twice mispronounces Navy "corpsman" (kŰr′mən) -- and this is the guy who's telling the generals and admirals how to run the war.

John Hinderaker adds, what is significant about this is that "corpsman" is a military term.  Obama knows little or nothing about the military; it is as though he said "col-o-nel" instead of "kernel."  There are corpsmen stationed in the White House, but, after more than a year, Obama apparently doesn't know who they are, what they do, or how to pronounce their job.

God help Dan Quayle if he had done something as stupid as saying "corpse-man."  He never did.  Will Obama be laughed out of the Oval Office?  The jury is out.
Afterthought:  This video makes it obvious, that the first time Obama sees these speeches are when they show up on the teleprompter, otherwise someone on his staff surely would have corrected his pronunciation before the event.
The Constitutional Law Professor
During the presidential campaign, Obama consistently and falsely claimed that he was a constitutional law professor.   The Sun-Times reported that, "several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary [Senate] campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago.  He was not.  He was a senior lecturer at the school.  In academia, there is a vast difference between the two titles.

As a "constitutional law instructor," Obama has been quoted as saying that the Constitution of the United States is a flawed document.

Jim O'Neill noticed that in his State of the Union address, our constitutional scholar stated that "We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equalÖ."

Thereís a problem here, however.  It turns out that "the notion that we are all created equal" is not "enshrined in our Constitution" -- itís from the Declaration of Independence.

This mistaken attribution is an understandable faux pas for your average person, but Obamaís supposed to be a Harvard-trained constitutional lawyer.  It doesnít say much for Harvard Law School, or Obamaís grasp of the Constitution, when he confuses the U.S. Constitution with the Declaration of Independence.

These guys are so picky.  It was obviously an error on the part of TOTUS.
Mayor Bans Obama From Las Vegas
The list of people banned from Las Vegas is a litany of dishonor. But among the swindlers, fixers and mobsters -- many of their mugshots displayed on the Nevada Gaming Commissionís website under the heading Excluded, Wanted & Denied -- is a new and rather unlikely name: that of Barack H. Obama, of Washington.

"I want to assure you that when he comes [here], Iíll do everything I can to give him the boot," growled Oscar Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas, before Air Force One swooped down over Sin Cityís infamous "Strip" for a presidential visit that was expected to last less than 24 hours.

Goodman was not there to greet Obama when he stepped on to the tarmac of McCarran International, having turned down an invitation from the White House.  Nor was he expected to attend any of Obamaís events -- an astonishing rebuff by a lowly city mayor to a US leader.

With Obamaís visit intended in large part to help the re-election chances of the deeply unpopular Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- a man who opined with excruciating candor that Obamaís victory in 2008 was a result of him being a "light-skinned African-American, with no Negro dialect" -- the mayorís snub was threatening to turn an already awkward situation into a full-blown political debacle.

But as of last night, Goodman was undeterred.  A rotund and unshaven former Mob lawyer, who is rarely pictured without a Martini glass in his hand, flanked by showgirls, the 70-year-old mayor is livid about what he regards as Obamaís repeated attacks on his beloved city, which has been hurt badly by the recession.

Continue reading here (with photo) . . .
Washington Post's Freudian Slip
Wouldn't you have just loved to have been a fly on the wall when Obama and his henchmen opened the Washington Post yesterday morning.

Read the text box under the picture of black radical, Malcolm X.  Somebody used Malcolm's photo in place of Obama's.  How did this ever get by the editors and proofreaders?
Obama Won't Golf With Limbaugh
The New York Post's, Page Six, says that when Barack Obama was asked if he would play a round of golf with his talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh, the response, relayed by a top Democrat, was: "Limbaugh can play with himself."

Stay classy, Barack.
"Countries Like Europe"

Barack Obama says our approach to immigration makes us stronger than "countries like Europe." (00:29)
Obama Omits "Creator" While Quoting Declaration
Jonathon Seidl reports that two days before the country was set to celebrate Constitution Day, Obama decided to invoke the words of another founding document: the Declaration of Independence.  Except he changed the words.

Towards the end of a speech on September 15 to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Obama began quoting the famous "rights" line from the founding document.  But partway through, he omitted where those rights come from: a Creator.

The line is supposed to read:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

But Obamaís recitation left out an important part:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are crated equal. [long and purposeful pause] Endowed with certain inalienable [sic] rights: life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

As the American Thinker points out, it could well be that Obama intentionally ignored his teleprompter:

After Obama says "created equal...", there is a long pause during which he scowls and blinks several times.  For once, he may actually have opted to not read something that was on the teleprompter.  It looks like he is disgusted and decided it would be better not to read what the [Declaration] actually says.

So, did he just forget the words, maybe couldnít see the lines, or did he leave them out intentionally?  You decide:

 Obama speaking to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (01:12)
At least he didn't say, "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by Allah..."
Follow Up To Obama's "Creator" Gaffe
Jeffrey H. Anderson says the most famous words in the Declaration of Independence -- and almost surely the most famous words ever written by an American -- read, "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

On Friday evening, when Obama addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, he quoted that passage as follows (on the clip at 00:52): "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [pause], endowed with certain unalienable rights: life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

In Obamaís version, there is no "Creator."

Only two plausible explanations spring to mind.  One is that Obama isnít very familiar with the most famous passage in the document that founded this nation; that even when plainly reading from a teleprompter, he wasnít able to quote it correctly.  The other is that Obama doesnít subscribe to the Declarationís rather central claim that our rights come from our "Creator" (also referred to in the Declaration as "Natureís God" and "the Supreme Judge of the World").

Only Obama likely knows for certain which of these two explanations is true, or whether perhaps there is another.  His nearly 4-second pause before he omits reference to our Creator, however, is peculiar.  He stares at the teleprompter, purses his lips, blinks several times -- as if confused, disturbed, and/or in the process of making a decision -- and then proceeds to use his alternate wording.

Obama doesn't think like an American.  He doesn't talk like an American.  He doesn't act like an American.
Professor Obama Gets It Wrong, AGAIN!
Jim Hoft noticed that Barack Obama told the Hispanic Caucus in his "Creator" speech that "Mexicans" were here in America long before the United States was an idea.
Hereís the quote:

"Let me close by saying this.  Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes.  We all shared the same land."

Sorry Barack.  Mexico first became a state, independent of Spain, in 1821.  According to the CIA World Fact Book (which 0bama must not have read) has the following entry for Mexico:

Independence: 16 September 1810 (declared); 27 September 1821 (recognized by Spain)

Obama is either ignorant or hoping the American news reporters and a majority of the American public are ignorant.

While the Spanish made colonies in North and South America prior to 1776 and while Spanish military, Spanish colonial administrators, and Spanish Catholic missionaries were operating in parts of North America by 1776,

(1)  the real Mexicans, the natives of Mexico were not a dominant part of those efforts (they were the peasants controlled by the Spanish colonialists who were no different than the other Europeans in North and South America) and

(2)  the U.S. was a nation before "Mexico" was an independent nation and not a colony of Spain.

The ignorance of modern Americans -- created by the American schools -- allows "the Hispanic" activists to present the myth that modern day "Mexicans", a society driven predominately from the descendants of its European Spanish colonial immigrants and, with some of those immigrants the natives they married, presents them collectively, with the same status as people like the Aztecs (nearly eliminated by the Spanish) or many of the North American native tribes as "native" here, compared to the society of the United States.

Its a myth; their "nation" and their society is no less a product of European colonialism than the rest of North America.

Itís a convenient myth, pushed by Hispanic activists and various Left wing and "open borders" types, in ignorance by many of them and as never-to-admit lies by those that know better.
The Clown-In-Chief
Chris Salcedo says, "Obama went on the The Daily Show to try to bring back the youth vote magic, but he ended up the butt of the joke.  Heckuva job, Mr. President!"

Who would have thought that the presidency of the United States could have been degraded any more than it had been in the Clinton years?  Oh but it has.  In the short span of two years, Obama has managed to sully the office every bit as much as President Clinton did in eight years.  Maybe itís not so surprising.  He is after all an overachiever.  This law professor, who we found out after the election wasnít Ö this senator, with the thinnest of resumes Ö this radical leftist that sought, in his own words, to "fundamentally change America" and "cause energy rates to necessarily skyrocket," and encouraged Hispanics to target his "enemies" has done more damage to our nation than any other president in our history.  Iím including Carter here.  So why am I surprised to see the so-called leader of the free world hitting the comedy shows before an election that is expected to wipe out Democrat majorities in Congress?

With six days remaining before the election Obama hit The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Let me say for the record that The Daily Show is one of the most entertaining shows on TV.  Is it a forum where serious people go to talk about serious issues?  No.  That fact was on display during this "interview" with Obama. Stewart, with plenty of goading from the left-wing audience, proceeded to tease Obama about the perception that he hasnít been liberal enough.  Stewart reminded Obama of all the sycophants that cheered when he made statements like, "We canít expect different results with the same people."    Then Obama hired a Clinton retread, Larry Summers, as director of the White House National Economic Council.  Stewart lamented, "That seems like the exact same person."  Obama retorted, "In fairness, Larry Summers did a heck of a job trying to figure out how to Ö"

"You donít want to use that phrase, dude," Stewart cautioned.  DUDE!?  Ö DUDE!!??  Now who could have seen that coming?  Why would anyone expect to have a comedian refer to the leader of our nation as "dude"?  I donít blame Stewart really.  I have little respect for Obamaís ideology and worldview.  But the office he holds requires the utmost respect from any citizen regardless of party or ideology.  I doubt Obama would have been called "dude" on a hard-hitting news program that addressed other concerns that 80% percent of the country who donít identify themselves as liberal might have wanted addressed.  But that was the point, wasnít it?  Obama will appear on a show where he wonít get challenged and where everyone expects to laugh.  And the nation stared in amazement as Obama was the biggest joke of the night.

Continue reading here . . .

Related:  White House deems Obama's "Daily Show" appearance "a success"

"As I said, we will be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year" Ö "Combat operations in Afghanistan have ended."

Obama demonstrates that he doesn't know the difference between Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Afghanistan ... Iraq ... Afghanistan ... Iraq."  He even talks over the reporter who tries to correct him.

You can't blame him though.  Neither country has a basketball team.
Wonderful World, Obama Style
Scott Johnson says Barack Obama's theme song may as well be the Sam Cooke classic "Wonderful World," or at least the part of it in which the singer confesses he "Don't know much about history."  During the 2008 campaign Obama regularly issued sophisticated historical pronouncements that demonstrated he simply didn't know what he was talking about, even though he sure loved talking about it.  And he hasn't let up much since.

Criticizing the Bush administration's treatment of the Guantanamo detainees, for example, Obama asserted that the "principle of habeas corpus, that a state can't just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process -- that's the essence of who we are."

Obama explained: "I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities that no one had ever seen before, we still gave them a day in court and that taught the entire world about who we are, but also the basic principles of rule of law."  Referring to the Boumediene decision, Obama said: "Now the Supreme Court upheld that principle."

At Nuremberg, however, an international military commission composed of representatives of the victorious Allies put the top surviving Nazi leaders on trial starting in late 1945 -- sort of like the military commissions that Obama was criticizing, but for the fact that the Nuremberg defendants had no access to federal courts, no right of habeas corpus, no right of appeal, and far fewer procedural protections than the Guantanamo detainees.  Other than that, I guess, right on!

That wasn't Obama's only high-minded howler.  Seeking to demonstrate the wisdom of unconditional meetings with our adversaries, Obama cited John F. Kennedy's 1961 summit with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna among the series of negotiations that led to America's triumph over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and FDR's meetings with, well, nobody.

The Kennedy-Khrushcev summit in Vienna, moreover, disproved Obama's assertion regarding the unvarying value of meetings between enemy heads of state about as decisively as any historical episode can refute a thesis.  Obama may as well have cited the Munich Conference of 1938 to prove the value of negotiations in conflict resolution.

Once in office Obama was at it again.  At his 100-day press conference, Obama invoked Churchill rejecting the use of torture for interrogation in the days of the Blitz during World War II.  Obama instructed the assembled multitude: "I was struck by an article that I was reading the other day talking about the fact that the British during World War II, when London was being bombed to smithereens, had 200 or so detainees.  And Churchill said, 'We don't torture,' when the entire British -- all of the British people -- were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat....the reason was that Churchill understood -- you start taking shortcuts, over time, that corrodes what's best in a people.  It corrodes the character of a country."

Now if you've ever read much Churchill or any competent history of World War II, you would have a pretty good idea that one thing Churchill never said in the course of a long life is: "We don't torture."  Churchill was not a liberal sentimentalist on the subject of means and ends in war.  Is there anything he would not have done to advance Britain's survival and victory in World War II?  Not bloody likely.  "If Hitler invaded Hell," Churchill famously remarked with respect to the German invasion of the Soviet Union, "I would at least make a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons."

Churchill, in fact, favored summarily executing the Nuremberg defendants without benefit of trial, and he had no qualms about the killing of captured German spies to facilitate the cooperation of others in connection with the Double Cross System.  "Some had to perish," J.C. Masterman explained, "both to satisfy the country that the security of the country was being maintained and to convince the Germans that the others were working properly and not under control."

Obama was at it again last week.  A senior aide told the New York Times: "He keeps reminding us that the best revolutions are completely organic."  Historian Niall Ferguson takes a whack at this one: "I like that notion of organic revolutions -- guaranteed no foreign additives, exclusive to Whole Foods.  I like it because, like so much about this administration, it is both trendy and ignorant."  As Ferguson amply demonstrates.

During the campaign, I kept an open mind on the question whether Obama was exploiting the ignorance of target voters or simply didn't know what he was talking about.  I agree with Ferguson that the answer is the latter, but let it be noted it is a condition that applies to Obama's "senior aides" as well.
"WTF" Of The Day
Bob Parks says I know this is supposed to be the smartest administration ever, but Iím sorry; if I were running a campaign with a fairly unpopular incumbent, the last thing Iíd do is have a reelection slogan whose initials were "WTF."
Obama Has No Idea What Year It Is
New York Magazine is reporting that this is how Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier yesterday, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.

Barack Obama

24 May 2008

It was really nice until he got the date wrong by three years.  Granted, 2008 was a great year for him, and we might try to live it for as long as possible, too, if we were him.

Update:  For those who find the European-style date suspicious, the Telegraph reports that a "Westminster Abbey spokeswoman confirmed it was the president who had written the wrong date."

I'd like to know what a handwriting expert has to say about his signature that dwarfs the message?
Then He Dissed The British National Anthem
Obama suffered an awkward moment during a banquet at Buckingham Palace last night when he broke royal protocol by speaking over the national anthem.

Ben Johnson says, "If Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin, or George W. Bush had so flubbed royal protocol that the Queen of England politely ignored them, every major network would have played the clip on continuous loop and the late night comedians would belittle the rustic rubes for days."

Related:  British Newspaper Blasted Bush's Etiquette Flub, but Glosses Over Obama's

Definitely not the coolest guy in the room.
The Intercontinental Railroad?

"Weíre the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad," Barack Obama.


The LA Times says that's what the reader-in-chief flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.

A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge!

It's yet another humorous gaffe by the Harvard graduate, overlooked by most media for whatever reason. Like Obama saying Abraham-Come-Lately Lincoln was the founder of the Republican Party. Or Navy corpseman. Or the Austrian language. Fifty-seven states. The president of Canada. Etc.


If you talk as much as this guy likes to talk instead of governing, if you believe you are a Real Good Talker as much as this guy does, you're gonna blow a few lines. But this many?

No doubt, we'll see a collection of Obama's Best Bombs on Saturday Night Live this weekend, one right after the other. No doubt.

Lincoln did play a role in the building of the "transcontinental railroad."
Obama's Greatest Gaffe

Obama: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon"


He Even Behaves Like Obama


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