Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Top 20 Obama Gaffes The Press Would Like You To Forget

The Democratic National Committee is touting their latest internet video that spotlights the Top Ten Greatest GOP Moments of 2011. They counted down moments such as Cain’s brain freeze when he was asked if he agreed with Obama’s Lybia position. And, there’s Romney’s comment that Corporations are people too. (Albeit artificial people for legal purposes, but apparently the DNC doesn’t know that)  But, what about Omama’s continuing gaffes that the Media ignores?

Here are some of the best Obama gaffes the DNC hopes will go away:

1.         At his first St. Patrick’s Day White House celebration party on March 17, 2009, Irish Prime Minister Cowen was just a few lines into his speech, when he stopped reading from the teleprompter as he realized there was a teleprompter malfunction, and that he was reading the same speech Obama just read. Ready to save the day, Obama got back on the stage and began reading the Prime Minister’s speech that just appeared on the teleprompter, the speech that the Irish Prime Minister should have read.
As he unknowingly read the Prime Minister’s speech, Obama thanked himself for giving the St. Patrick's Day party at the White House before he realized his mistake and stopped. The press did not report this gaffe that was recorded on their running cameras.

2.         We can’t forget Obama’s speech about medic Corpsmen that saluted the military’s     

3.         There was the memorable Obama misstatement when he told a Memorial Day audience,
            "We're here to honor our fallen heroes, many of who are in the audience.

4.         Dan Quayle was nearly laughed out of he room when he misspelled potato. What about the ridiculous Obama statement during the 2008 campaign, “I've now been in 57 statesI think one left to go.''

5.         And speaking of brain freezes, Obama told a Congressional black caucus dinner that he didn’t want billionaires taxed at the same tax rate as a Jew. “When you start saying, at a time when the top one-tenth of 1 percent has seen their incomes go up four or five times over the last 20 years, and folks at the bottom have seen their incomes decline -- and your response is that you want poor folks to pay more? Give me a break. If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew -- as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor. I have no problem with that. 

6.         Here’s another state mistake for the big “O.”  despite being “born” in Hawaii, when asked a budget question on one of his many trips to Hawaii, he said, "When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia -- the kinds of fundamental reforms and changes, both on the revenue side and the public pension side, that other countries are having to make are so much more significant than what we need to do in order to get our books in order." The press spun this as Obama just being tired. 

7.         During a visit to Westminster Abbey in London, Obama in 2011, Obama signed a guest book and dated his signature May 24, 2008.

8.         Obama doesn’t really know who our enemies are. Speaking of Iran, he recently said, arguing that, “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm.” 

9.         Obama at a press conference: "Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions."–while exasperated by reporters after a news conference.

10.       "Why can't I just eat my waffle?" --after being asked a foreign policy question by a newsperson.

11.       Obama on Grandma: "The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, you know, there's a reaction that's been bred in our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society." Can you imagine what would have happened if Bush said words like that about a black person?

12.       While speaking off the cuff on a tornado that killed 12 people. Obama got in trouble with the facts when he adlibbed off the teleprompter. Obama was off the teleprompter when he said, ''In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas.  Ten thousand people died—an entire town destroyed.''  He did get it right about the town being destroyed.

13.       The President said this to Jay Leno. “No, no.  I have been practicing.  ... I bowled a 129.  it's like—it was like Special Olympics, or something.” He called the Special Olympics to apologize.

14.       In front of a jubilant Sioux Falls, S.D., audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you, Sioux City. I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.”

15.       Obama got mixed up while commending Fort Drum troops who had returned from Afghanistan, he said, “A comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn't receiving it posthumously."  Actually, Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was killed in action, another soldier, Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor that fought in Afghanistan. He had personally awarded the Medal of Honor to Giunta.

16.         "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them ... And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
— Obama, at a San Francisco fundraiser before the Pennsylvania primary.

17.       Obama to George Stephanopolis, before Stephanopolis helped him out and “corrected” him. by saying what Obama “really” meant to say. Obama said, “What I was suggesting—you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith"

18.       President Obama explained all the benefits of ObamaCare during the healthcare debate by saying, “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” Sounds like a George Bush-ism, doesn't it? Dubyah would have been crucified by the press.

19.       Another apology due after this. "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances."  Barack Obama, in his first press conference as President-elect, making a joke after telling reporters that he has spoken to all the living former Presidents since winning the election.

20.       In a Strongsville, Ohio speech, Obama proudly proclaimed that his healthcare plan would reduce insurance premiums by 3,000 percent.

21.       Obama indicated that his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement. He said, “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. 
22,         Obama gave the British Prime Minister a "special collector's box" of 25 classic American DVDs while Brown gave the U.S. President an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert, among other things. The DVD’s were formatted for U.S. DVD players and will not work on European players. We don’t know if Obama kept the Churchill biography because one of the first things he did as President was to send a bust of Churchill, formerly displayed in the Oval Office, Back to Great Britain. 

And the ultimate gaffe hasn't happened yet. We always make it a point to watch Obama quickly jogging down the stairs of Air Force one while holding his hands clasped together in front of him. It is inevitable that one day he will trip while not holding the railing and will surf all the way down the stairs. It will be a true Gerald Ford moment, and could cost him the Presidency if picked up up by comedians, and it will be. 

Stay tuned for Joe Biden's greatest hits. 

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