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I've been ignoring Barack Obama's growing list of mistakes and blunders, but they have been coming so fast and furious that I have to comment (okay, I don't HAVE to. I WANT to). I've already reported some of them, such as Obama referring to Iran as a tiny country that is little threat to the U.S., only to claim a few days later that Iran is a grave threat, so I don't have to repeat that one. Oops, too late.
Barry O's latest blunder was during his Memorial Day speech, when he confused Memorial Day, when we honor our fallen soldiers, with Veterans Day, when we honor our living veterans. Or, Barry sees dead people. You decide:
"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong." - Barack Obama, May 26, 2008
O's campaign spokesman Bill Burton reinforced the error in a retort to John McCain, when Burton said “Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation’s veterans, not a day for political posturing.” Ironically, Obama took several swipes at George W. Bush ON MEMORIAL DAY, which evidently were somehow NOT "political posturing." I guess I just don't understand the rules.
Last saturday, Obama, on a campaign stop in SUNRISE, Florida, said, ""How's it going, SUNSHINE? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you everybody. It's good to be in SUNSHINE!"
Maybe there weren't any clouds that day.
This gaffe is reminiscent of Obama's greeting to Sioux Falls, S.D., where he declared, "Thank you, Sioux City!"
Last thursday, Obama told the Orlando Sentinel that he would meet with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and “one of the obvious high priorities in my talks with President Hugo Chavez would be the FERMENTATION of anti-American sentiment in Latin America, his support of FARC in Colombia and other issues he would want to talk about.”
Later, Obama said, "We have to hold Venezuela accountable if, in fact, it is trying to FERMENT terrorist activities in other borders. If Venezuela has violated those rules, we should mobilize all the countries to sanction Venezuela and let them know that that’s not acceptable behavior.”
Shades of Dan Quayle. The word is "FOMENT" Mr. Potato-head, not "FERMENT". Not to mention that everybody already knows Chavez has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to FARC. Everybody except Barry, that is. Wake up, Obamabots. Time to arise from your sleep. Somebody fetch the holy water.
Earlier in May 2008, Obama showed off his vast knowledge of the country he intends to lead, by declaring, “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.”
Wow. This guy is so smart, he has created 8 states that the rest of us don't even know about yet. Impressive.
Last May, Obama intoned, “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.
In another impressive display of his knowledge of geography, Obama explained why Hillary Clinton was leading in the Kentucky primary: “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.”
Those states in the middle.
On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois? Is it the one with 57 or 58 states, rather than the customary 50 ? For the record, Kentucky BORDERS Illinois, which you'd think Barry would know, seeing as how Illinois is his home state.
It isn't only maps that confuse Barry O. It's dates too. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, he claimed his parents conceived him as a result of the march.
“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. Unless Barry was born 4 years before his own conception, he was telling a whopper.
Speaking about a lack of translators in Afghanistan, the Obamanation pointed out, "We only have a certain number of them and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.”
Right. Or it could be because Iraqis and Afghanis speak different languages. The Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish, while Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or non-Arabic languages.
There are several more Obama gaffes. Some can be found at Michelle Malkin's website here.
And to think, all Dan Quayle did was misspell the word "potato".