Vice President Dan Quayle got ridiculed endlessly for spelling potato with an e. George W. Bush was vilified in the media for his mannerisms (and widely referred to as a "chimp") as well as his utterances like "I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq" . It has now been three years that we have been treated to the Obama/Biden gaffe machine on a weekly basis - and the media whores of the Administration still maintain the supposed (read: non-existent) magnificent oratory and intellectual qualities of this President while obfuscating the countless examples of not just gaffes but downright ignorance of everything from economics to ..... well, you name it.
This is a public service to all liberty loving patriots who will eventually (and inescapably) encounter a progressive drone ridiculing a Republican. For comparison purposes, here is a list of Bush 'offenses'. You decide which President displays more mind numbing ignorance as far as substance goes.
First a hilarious video that has recently gone viral over the Net:
Here are others, in no particular order - some with details (in print form):
* 2008 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.
* Again 2008, 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.”
* During the 2008 campaign, 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.”
* Explaining 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?
* Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. In March 2008, 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.”
* In 2008, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by honing in on a lack of translators: “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.” The real reason it’s “harder for us to use them” in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish. The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or other non-Arabic languages.
* 2008 - 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.
* In 2008 again, 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.” Just another lie.
* 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.”
* Barack Obama jokes about Nancy Reagan having séances in the White House. He later called her to apologize after the AP noted that although she had consulted astrologers, “she did not hold conversations with the dead”
* Barack Obama mixes up the windows and doors at his new home.
* On his maiden Marine One trip Obama breached protocol and makes life uncomfortable for an enlisted marine by shaking the the serviceman’s hand as he’s saluting his commander-in-chief
* Gordon Brown presents the new President with: a pen holder carved from the timbers of HMS Gannett, a sister ship of HMS Resolute; the commissioning certificate of HMS Resolute; and a seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill. In return, the Prime minister gets 25 DVDS, which don’t work in Britain.
* Barack Obama jokes about the disabled on the Jay Leno show. Afterwards, he calls the head of the Special Olympics to apologise.
* Barack Obama talks of “my Muslim faith”
* Barack introduces President Joe Biden
* Obama misspells "Advice" in Letter to Fan
* April 21, 2009: After receiving a heart-felt letter from Michael Powers, who criticized the president for his smoking habit, Obama hand-writes a response, "Michael -- Thanks so much for the wonderful letter, and the good advise ... " C'mon folks, it is not like he misspelled potato!
* April 22, 2009: Obama flies to and from Iowa, making two trips on Air Force One and four trips on Marine One, burning at least 9,000 gallons of fuel on the 895-mile cross-country excursion. The president makes the trip so he can plant a single tree and deliver a speech on the importance of using alternative energy.
* References Non-Existent "Austrian" Language
April 4, 2009: In response to a question asking what he learned from European leaders, Obama responds, "It was ... interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing ... "
* April 1, 2009: During a visit to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth presents Obama with a silver framed photo of her and Prince Andrew. Obama gives the queen -- an iPod featuring 40 Broadway show tunes and footage of her infamous visit to the US in 2007.
* January to February, 2009: Over a three-week period, Obama selects no fewer than five cabinet selections who are each revealed to have legal problems. Obama gets lucky with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but is not so lucky with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, whose late payments to the IRS raise questions and threaten to derail his confirmation. Meanwhile, the president's other nominees -- all Democrats -- proceed to fall like dominoes. Gov. Bill Richardson withdraws as commerce secretary nominee in the wake of a legal inquiry. Former Sen. Tom Daschle (Health and Human Services), Rep. Hilda Solis (Labor) and Nancy Killefer (Budget and Spending reform) all withdraw because of tax problems.
* In what might be the worst possible moment of his young administration, Obama clearly bows before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. When queried about the bow later that day in Strasbourg, France, Obama says, "We have to change our behavior in showing the Muslim world greater respect." A week later, after apparently being alerted that the only people who bow before the king are his subjects -- not his peers -- the administration's official line on the bow changes, and White House spokespeople say the president was merely stooping to shake hands with the much-shorter king. This lame excuse irks even the most biased members of the fawning press, who can clearly see the deep bow the president makes in subsequent video clips.
* Jan. 20 to July 20, 2009: Whether it's brief introductory remarks or drawn-out policy speeches, Obama doesn't go anywhere without his TelePrompter. On several occasions, his reliance on it results in some embarrassing moments, such as April 27, 2009, when, speaking to scientists at the National Academy of Sciences, Obama's TelePrompter soars ahead of him and loses the president altogether. To regain his place, he is forced to completely stop his speech until it's rolled back. On July 13, 2009 his TelePrompter completely falls apart and shatters on the floor as he delivers a speech on the economy at the White House. His continued use of the device prompts some in the media to dub him the "TelePrompter-In-Chief." Off-camera, of course!
* Obama states that FBI is 100 days old.
* According to his majesty, our Constitution is 20 centuries old
* Obama inadvertently tells the truth: healthcare reform will bring more inefficiencies to the system. And ain't that the truth!
* Obama says "countries like Europe"...
* Rise of privacy instead of piracy.
* Israel is a strong friend of Israels....
* As he tells us, children with asthma require breatalyzer.....and then gets lost about what he wants to say (as usual)
There are so many more (like returning Churchill's bust back to the U.K. when he moved in the White House), but you can do your own research for the rest. Here is just one of many sources.
We all know that some of these are slipping of the tongue (as in almost all of GWB's cases and a few of Obama's), but since the left wants to ridicule Republicans, I say have at it! You have got to fight fire with fire and point out these progressive tools' hypocrisies.