Monday, June 06, 2011

Sarah Palin, Paul Revere and Obama's Gaffes

Today NPR discussed Palins mis-reference to Paul Reveres historic ride. I am curious why they haven’t pointed out some of Obamas historical gaffes.

She recently said of Paul Revere's historic ride, "He who warned uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

It is clear that Sarah Palin needs some remedial American history lessons. But what of our current President?  He has made quite a few historical gaffes, both during his campaign run and in office.

For instance:

In March of 2007, Obama gave a speech in Selma Alabama stating his parents got together because of what happened in the 1965 Civil Rights 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.” However, his parents were married in 1961 and he was born August of 1962.

In a campaign speech Obama stated he has visited all 57 states so far. His aides would not permit him to go to Alaska or Hawaii.  So that makes 57+2 states???

In October of 2008 Obama made a speech before Congress stating, “"And I believe the nation that invented the automobile (USA) cannot walk away from it." Historians give credit to Karl Benz of Germany for inventing the first automobile to use the internal combustion engine.

During a speech in Indiana he stated, “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..” Of which bomb was he referring to? I read there were quite a few.

He also pointed out that his uncle was part of the American troops to go into Auschwitz. Russia liberated Auschwitz. Perhaps his uncle was Russian. It could of happened.

In a speech that emphasized victory in Afghanistan is not our goal. Obama stated, "I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing surrender to Macarthur.” The Emperor did not sign the surrender before Macarthur. General Umezu and Japanese foreign minister Shugemitzu on the Battleship Missouri signed this historical document that ended WWII.

Earlier this year he stated, “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." This was from the same speech he left out “endowed by our Creator...” from the Declaration of Independence.

BTW, the USA was founded in 1776 and Mexico in 1821.

This May, 2011, on his Irish trip, he signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey, 24 May 2008.

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