Barack Obama: Gaffe machine
All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of “potatoe.”
The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush’s questions about new scanner technology at a grocers’ convention to brand him permanently as out of touch.
But what about Barack Obama?
The guy’s a perpetual gaffe machine.
Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:
* Last 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.
*Earlier this month 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.”
*Last week, 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 last week 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. Last March, 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.”
*Earlier this month in 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.
*Over the weekend 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.
*Last March, 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.”
* 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–promoted by the Left and the media as an all-knowing, articulate, transcendent Messiah–is a walking, talking gaffe machine. How many more passes does he get? How many more can we afford?
A Word to Barack Obama: Real Patriotism Speaks for Itself
Gregory D. Lee, a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and now a criminal justice consultant, is a nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group (www.NorthstarWriters.com) and the author of three Criminal Justice textbooks. He participated directly in the arrest of Ramsi Yousef, the Al Qaeda mastermind of the WTC 1993 bombing, while in Pakistan and is an active Army Reserve officer. You can contact Mr. Lee at http://www.gregorydlee.com/.
Patriotism is commonly defined as one's love and devotion of country and the willingness to make sacrifices for it.
Barack Obama gave a speech in Charleston, West Virginia, where he made an exception to his self-imposed policy of not wearing a flag lapel pin, and according to the Chicago Tribune, defended his patriotism.
According to Obama's campaign web site, he justifies his patriotism by citing his maternal grandfather's enlisting in the army after Pearl Harbor, and his marching across Europe with Gen. Patton.
He also mentions how his grandfather taught him to say the Pledge of Allegiance and love his country. It sounds to me that the grandfather is a true patriot, but what does this have to do with Obama?
Did Obama become a patriot through osmosis?
The web site goes on to mention that Obama went to Harvard Law School, and "Barack's patriotism and profound belief in the underlying principles of this country led him to teach Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago."
No, I think it's more probable that he taught Constitutional Law because it was gainful employment and he needed the money. Many law school professors are off-the-map liberals who try to come up with ways to undermine the Constitution, so he was perfect for the job.
The web page further defines his patriotism by stating: "Barack believes that you show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans and veterans." In his speech in Charleston, he echoed these examples of his patriotism and then immediately attacked the country's poster child for patriotism and most famous war veteran, John McCain. The last time I checked, John McCain is an unapologetic patriot who retired as a Navy Captain after spending five years as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton while Obama was being taught the Pledge of Allegiance by his grandfather.
So far I'm not convinced of Obama's patriotism. Here's why.
Obama married a woman who said that America was a "mean" country and as an adult she was never proud of it until her husband ran for president.
He attended a church for 20 years where the minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, preached disdain for America and her foreign policies, asked God to damn her and accused her of spreading AIDS and crack cocaine among black communities. Would a true patriot sit there and listen to that dribble, or would he walk out and never come back?
Obama is a long-time friend and business associate of former domestic terrorist and Weatherman leader Bill Ayres, whose organization caused explosions at the Pentagon and New York City police headquarters and made serious attempts to destabilize and overthrow the U.S. government. Would a true patriot associate with such persons or tolerate anyone who did?
Obama never joined the Armed Forces to make a sacrifice for his country; nor did he ever join VISTA or the Peace Corps as an alternative to military service. Instead, he attended college at two of America's most prestigious universities which prepared him for a career in politics.
Obama has campaigned on his decision to not support the U.S. invasion of Iraq, despite overwhelming evidence at the time the nation's security was in jeopardy and military action was warranted. It makes me wonder under what set of circumstances a President Obama would commit U.S. forces to battle to protect this country.
Have Mr. and Mrs. Obama ever attended a Fourth of July parade?
Do they swell with pride like I do when you see the B-2 stealth bomber slowly flying over the spectators at the beginning of the Rose Parade?
Does Obama get goose bumps when the National Anthem is sung at a baseball game or other sporting event whether he is there in person or watching it on television?
I suppose not, in light of press reports that Obama won't place his hand over his heart during such occasions.
A true patriot does not have to justify his patriotism to anyone. He demonstrates it by his actions.
A patriot never has to defend his love and respect for his country because it's obvious.
Nor does a patriot have to make the case for his patriotism on a web site, in a feeble attempt to convince others you're something you're not.
So, those who would elect Barack Hussein Obama are like someone who buys a car strictly for its looks.
They are like someone who sits on a stool in Las Vegas, and bets that the next card hand, the next pull of the slot handle, the next toss of the dice will see this somebody as a winner. (Why do you think Vegas stays in business and thrives? STUPID LOSERS!)
They are like the prospectors of the 1849 to 1910 peiod, where a gold srike was "Just over the next hill".
But, in this case, you bet your ass, because Obama is either a Communist or a Muslim. Doesn't matter, because both want to see the U S subjugated to their control.