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PresBO extends proud tradition of presidential gaffes March 21, 2009

Posted by vsap in 2008 Presidential Election, Blogroll, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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All presidents say dumb things. George W. Bush had his share of campaign and post-election gaffes in 2000. Try these out:

“They misunderestimated me.” —Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

“Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” –Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

It gets a little more serious with Willy Bill Clinton:

“It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky.”

(OK, that wasn’t a gaffe. That was a lie!)

So, let’s not focus on how President Obama has mishandled the economy, thrown in with slobbering Barney Franks (D-MA) and other dimwits on the AIG retention bonus debacle, and appointed or attempted to appoint a variety of tax cheats to his administration, and focus on the stupid things he’s said that put “W” to shame and make Willy Bill blush:

“It was like the Special Olympics or something,” commenting on his bowling skills to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show this past week. (The first sitting president so enamored by celebrity that he had to do such a thing. A separate gaffe on its own.)

“I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about holding seances.” Spoken as he was telling us about the former “living” presidents he had consulted prior to taking office.

“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.” Speaking in Oregon about the Hanford nuclear waste site.

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”–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.” -Courtesy of Michelle Malkin

Some campaign gems:

“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.”

“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?”

“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.”

And the granddaddy of the the campaign (and, sadly, Obama didn’t think this was a gaffe):

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

Most reasonable people would agree that’s an odd way to describe the result of job losses in Pennsylvania over the past two decades, but not soon-to-be PresBO! And, don’t forget, he shares the dubious honor of being the first president filmed since Gerald Ford bumping his head as he attempts to board Marine One chopper. Ouch!

So, if you haven’t seen it in his policy choices or cabinet nominees, you can certainly see that PresBO ain’t perfect, especially away from a TelePrompTer!



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