Skip to comments.We Need a Slick Candidate to Beat Barack Obama the Gaffe Machine?
Posted on 06/28/2011 3:25:03 AM PDT by Son House
RUSH: I read today a piece written by a friend of mine named Michael Ledeen. I've quoted Michael Ledeen on this program before. He's a noted scholar and think tank thinker, and he's done a lot of thinking for a lot of different think tanks. He's been associated with I think Heritage and a number of them.
Now, what he's primarily known for in recent years has been championing the cause of the Iranian people against the oppression that they face each and every day. He's always been a staunch supporter of the United States military, keen observer, if you will, of the American political scene, and he has a submission here and I happened to receive a copy of it. It's about this whole notion that Obama is so much smarter than all the rest of us. The reason why this appealed to me is because it's a question I bring up on this program all the time all the time: What is smart?
I've always said that we need to redefine what it is, 'cause I don't think Obama's smart. I go totally against the conventional wisdom. I look at his gaffes, I look at his inability to speak without a teleprompter, I say, "Where is this notion that he's brilliant, where does this come from?" Does it come from his ability to speak or read a teleprompter? It must be. I know that that's a large part of it, and a lot of people by the same token thought Bush was not particularly smart because he looked like a deer in the headlights reading a teleprompter a lot, like they say Dan Quayle did.
In fact, I was at dinner with some friends last night. This is kind of frustrating, too. These people are us, folks. I mean they count themselves as one of us and they're saying, "You know, it doesn't matter who we nominate, doesn't matter. The American voter doesn't care about substance. All the American voter cares about is what somebody looks like on television and how they sound. If they look good, they sound smart, that's all it takes to become president."
So the talk on the Republican side, therefore, centered around Mitt Romney. "Nobody else on our side fits the bill. It doesn't matter." I said, "Let me throw some names at you." "I don't care. Doesn't matter." I said, "Well, what about the elections in November of 2010, the congressional midterms?" There was nobody on the ballot then. I mean that was an election about nothing but substance. And in that election, the Democrats got shellacked. There wasn't a pretty boy on either ballot. There wasn't a national race that was being contested.
House of Representatives, a bunch of individual races, the Senate, but you go even deep into the state ballots, and you'll find that the Democrats lost 600 to 700 seats in state legislatures. And so my point to them was that there was a lot of substance on the ballot in November, and what was it? The Republicans didn't offer any. I mean they basically shut up. The Republicans recognized that the Democrats were committing suicide, so when that happens you get out of the way and let the suicide happen.
The precious independents were not voting for looks, they were not voting for articulate intelligence; they were voting against substance. They were voting against Obama. But that didn't change anybody's mind. So I'm here, I'm doing a program each and every day devoted to substance, and I'm listening to the fact that that doesn't matter to a whole lot of people, not everybody, but to a whole lot of people.
"They're not gonna take the time, Rush, to care about the substance. They're not that smart anyway, even if they want to know about the substance, they're not smart enough to get it all. Why do you think Obama got elected? He's the first black president, he sounded smart, looked pretty good, versus who was our guy," and I had to admit they had a point there.
But I don't think our guy, even though our guy was leading in the polls before they dredged up the financial collapse, and our guy willingly canceled his own campaign, I still understood what they were saying. I tried every which way I knew to budge 'em off of it, and nope, doesn't matter. So by extension you could conclude that there's only a couple Republicans that they think have a prayer, and it has nothing to do with what any of them think.
I said, "Okay, Romney." "Romney, he's good-looking, he sounds good." "Do you realize that Romney just came out and articulated the Obama position on global warming? "I don't care, Rush, that's my whole point, it doesn't matter." And then they said to me you have to win the election, then after you win the election, then that's when you really start doing what you believe.
But this was stupid because most of the people do not agree with Obama on global warming. "Well, the people that don't vote Republican do, and that's why it was smart for Mitt to do it." So our guy should lie, deceive, and be good-looking. How many of you are nodding your head in agreement right now? Three people I see on my side of the glass here nodding their head in agreement. Yep, our guy should lie and deceive and be good-looking. Or our girl, too.
Oh, and they despise Palin, absolutely despise Palin, and the reason is they don't think she has a snowball's chance in hell of winning. It wasn't about specifics, well, in one case it was about specifics of Palin, although I didn't bother digging deep there, but it was just no chance. You gotta nominate somebody that could win, but not on substance.
It's gotta be looks and perceived intelligence. And I know, I'll tell you, the Bush years did have that effect on people on our side of the aisle because the Drive-Bys, State-Controlled Media portrayed Bush as a blithering idiot, and Bush never defended himself or responded to it, so he just let it hang out there.
Meanwhile, we have to sit here and listen to how smart Clinton is. We have to sit here and listen to how brilliant Obama is, when in fact Obama isn't at all. And that takes me back to Michael Ledeen and a piece that he's written that is a continuation of many other pieces he's written along the same lines about the same subject. That Obama really is a gaffe machine, a walking embarrassing gaffe machine. BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: "What's Up With All the Presidential Gaffes, Anyway?" writes Michael Ledeen. "Big Media doesn't pay much attention to them, even though Obama makes an amazing number of errors in his public statements. And I think it's easy enough to understand why the BM largely ignores them: to report them all would totally undermine the image of the president to which a surprising number of 'reporters' and pundits are wedded: that of an unusually intelligent and well educated man.
Yet someone who tells a crowd in Vienna that his 'Austrian' isn't very good, who tells Marines that he's pleased to speak to the 'Marine Corpse,' and who, just [yesterday], said he'd given the Medal of Honor to a survivor from the 10th Mountain Division, when in fact the award was given posthumously, doesn't fit my definition of a brilliant and cultured man."
I don't know if you are aware of this, but this is a mistake that is pretty bad. This is bad. Obama did visit the 10th Mountain Division, and he congratulated them on their service, and he told the soldiers that were all gathered there that he had given the Medal of Honor to Jared Monti. President said: I've given this Medal of Honor to Jared Monti, who came back from Iraq alive. But he didn't. Jared Monti died in Afghansitan. He was killed in 2006.
It's reminiscent of Vice President Bite Me in St. Louis. "Stand up, Chuck! Let 'em see you, Chuck!" He's in a wheelchair. Bite Me notices he's in a wheelchair and Bite Me says, "Oh, God bless you. Oh, gee! What I did I say? Everybody, let's stand up for Chuck! Let's stand up for Chuck." But this? Here, we have audio. Here is the president making a mistake about a soldier killed in action in Afghanistan yesterday afternoon, Fort Drum in New York.
OBAMA: I had the great honor of seeing some of you because, uh, a comrade of yours -- uh, Jared Monti -- was the first person who I was able to award, uh, the Medal of Honor to, uh, who actually came back and wasn't, uhhh, receiving it posthumously.
RUSH: He did receive it posthumously. He did not come back. Obama had no clue what he was talking about. Whoever put that on his teleprompter had no clue what he was talking about. Nobody in this regime knows what they're talking about.
Now, some people think they do this on purpose, just to insult members of the military. "Yes, there was a Medal of Honor winner who lived to receive it, but it was a different man. The living honoree is named Giunta; the deceased hero from the 10th Mountain Division was named Monti. Both are Italian names. Did a White House speechwriter confuse the two Italians? And if so, what does that tell us about the ship under the command of President Obama? That's worth pondering for a moment.
"When you add up all the mistakes [Obama has] made -- not slips of the tongue, but real errors in statements and speeches he could read from the ubiquitous teleprompter -- they make quite a number. So what? you may ask. The answer is that hundreds of people traditionally read the drafts of presidential speeches and statements.
That happens for two good reasons. First, presidential utterances are instant policy. It's hard to walk away from a public statement. Second, the myriad political appointees want their leader to look good, and they strain to ensure the accuracy of his statements," that they write for him and end up on the teleprompter.
"Or at least they" used to. Ledeen says, "I don't think that is happening in this administration. A friend said to me earlier today that he was really amazed at the discipline of Obama's team, specifically in the small number of leaks compared with previous administrations," and that's because so few people are in the loop and know anything going on, because nobody trusts anybody in there.
But he goes on to point out we're not dealing with a profound intellect here. Fifty-seven states? We can recount all the faux pas here, and they just laugh and look the other way. "Oh, yeah, it's just Obama." But this is major: Announcing somebody as alive who isn't, at an awards ceremony!
and only a real birth certifcate to take him out
Bring in slick Rick from Texas...He can beat Bammy Boy by 20 points. Too many people will never vote Mormon so that sinks Mitt Romney and that homo-marriage approving John Huntsman. Michelle Bachmann is great but too much for the electorate to handle.
Reviewing Obama’s Embarrassing Joint Presser with David Cameron
May 26, 2011
OBAMA: The other point I think David and I would agree on is that this is going to be a constant process of trying some things, making adjustments. There are gonna be opportunities for us to make investments. There are gonna other areas where we think those were good ideas at the time, programs that were started with the best of intentions and it turns out they’re not working as well as they should. If a program’s not working well we should get rid of it and put that money into programs that are working well. It means that we’ve gotta make sure that we take a balanced approach and that there’s a mix of cuts but also thinking about how do we generate revenue so that there’s a match between money goin’ out and money comin’ in.
RUSH: (pause) Hmm? (pause) Sorry, folks, I don’t think there was any “there” there. Okay, that was pretty meandering. That was wandering aimlessly in vain search of a coherent thought, and I don’t think he found one. That was just gobbledygook. On Libya, another reporter: “Mr. President, you’ve said that Moammar Khadafy’s exit from Libya is inevitable and that the US will continue with the campaign until his attacks stop. Does that also mean that you will commit the US to that campaign until Khadafy’s removed from power, and would you be willing to commit additional US resources if that meant speeding up Khadafy’s exit?”
OBAMA: The reason that we intervened in Libya was to protect people on the ground, uhh, and to give the Libyan people the space that they needed in order to bring about, uhhh, a change toward democracy.
RUSH: The space that they needed?
OBAMA: We are strongly committed to seeing the job through, making sure that at a minimum Khadafy doesn’t have the capacity to send in a bunch of thugs to murder innocent civilians. So we have not put forward an — any artificial timeline in terms of how long this will take.
RUSH: Yeah, you did. I mean, you said it would just take “days” at the outset. You said it would just take days. Yeah, you said “weeks, not months.” That’s right, “weeks, not months,” and now it’s open-ended. “Well, there’s no timeline on this. No timeline on it. We gotta give the Libyan people the space that they need to bring about a change toward democracy.” We have to give the Libyan people space? It’s Khadafy that’s gotta give ‘em the space. I think that’s right! Obama is the one that ran against Bush for not having a timeline to get out of Iraq. He wanted a timeline for exiting Iraq. And now, “Well, we can’t be bound by timelines. Of course that’s artificial.”
57 States, lick Clintons butt, lick, lick, lick, pay $4/GAL. for gas, Join the Army, lick, lick, lick, ain’t ole numb nuts great,pay $10/Gal for gas re-elect this pecker head, Shazam.
I think Perry will trounce him as well. Three term governor of a successful large state. Military background. Pro Second Amendment. I wouldn’t hesitate to put Perry’s resume up against the community agitator turned president with no accomplishments, a failed stimulus package and a massive failure of a healthcare bill which does nothing to lower the costs. At least Perry can run on job creation in his state. Obama will still be running against Bush. It’s all they got.
So heres a reminder that everything you read or hear in the MSM isnt always true: some quotes from our scary-smart 44th leader, the first president that can split atoms with him mind.*
NOTE: These are genuine quotes. While these appear on April 1, rest assured that every word actually came from the mouth of Barack Hussein Obama.
TWELVE BARACK OBAMA QUOTES
* The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.
Barack Obama, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010
* Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee which is my committee a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they dont obtain a nuclear weapon.
Barack Obama, Sderot, Israel, July 23, 2008. Obama was not on the Senate Banking Committee.
* The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system. Barack Obama, health care roundtable, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009
* The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesnt. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesnt know, you know, theres a reaction thats been bred in our experiences that dont go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and thats just the nature of race in our society.
Barack Obama, 2008 campaign
* What I was suggesting youre absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith
Barack Obama interview with ABCs George Stephanopoulos, who corrected him: Christian faith.
* On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes and I see many of them in the audience here today our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
Barack Obama, Memorial Day commemoration,
* âIâm always worried about using the word âvictory,â becauseâ¦it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.â âBarack Obama, July, 2009 on Iraq
* Ive now been in 57 states I think one left to.
Obama 2008 campaign event, Beaverton, OR
* Its not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who arent like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Obama on the working class at SF fundraiser, 2008
* In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died an entire town destroyed.
Barack Obama, 2007 campaign speech on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people.
* I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody.
Barack Obama defending his tax plan to Joe the Plumber, Toledo, OH, Oct. 12, 2008
* The Cambridge police acted stupidly.
Barack Obama, commenting on a white police officers arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., at a news conference, July 22, 2009.
*Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, South Dakota audience, Obama exulted: Thank you Sioux City I said it wrong. Ive been in Iowa for too long. Im 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 its 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 its harder for us to use them in Afghanistan. The real reason its 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:
Heres something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that Im not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I dont know exactly whats going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you Ill 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 hes voted on at least one defense authorization bill that addressed the costs, schedules, and technical issues dealing with the nations most contaminated nuclear waste site.
Folks, get used to the notion of “President Romney”....
He ain’t my first, hell, he ain’t my second or third choice, but he’s gonna win.
Obama has done in 3 years what it took President Bush 8 years to do: make the country sick of him (well, in Bush’s case, the media did it...).
Obama’s “blackness” was a huge asset in the last election...it’s an albatross in this one...
"Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up takin' up a hospital bed, it costs when - if you if they just gave 'em treatment early and they got some treatment and uh, a breathalyzer. Or or an inhalator. Not a breathalyzer. I haven't had much sleep in the last 48 hours, so. What they'll say is well it costs too much money. But you know what? It would cost abou... it, it, it would cost about the same as what we would spend i, o... over the course of ten years it would cost, what it would cost us. It, i, All right. OK. We're going to. It would cost us about the same as it would cost.. for..about. Hold on one second, I can't hear myself. But I'm glad you're fired up though. I'm glad. (Chuckle) "--Clean, articulate Candidate Obama
Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obamas Dreams from My Father: Then, theres 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 dont exist, say the magazines 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 doesnt pose a serious threat to us cluelessly arguing that tiny countries with small defense budgets cant do us harm and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, Ive made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.
That's crazy. How in the world is the GOP base going to vote for the one who gave us the forerunner of Obamacare?
I agree completely. I have voice similar thoughts with the simple “because they are Democrats.”. My mother is very alarmed at what Obama is doing and I have told her this is what Democrats have been wanting to do for years.
I see stupid people.
Romney will NOT be the nominee.
Same way I will: one hand pinching my nose, the other pulling the lever.
Whatever concerns I have about Romney, I am NOT concerned about his lust for destroying the country......
I would say it’s a matter of “the lesser of two evils”, but obama is the only evil candidate....Romney is just a putz......
Run Sarah Run!!!
Americans are also sick of this petroleum hating, domestic energy hating, racist Kenyan dumbass. Rick Perry is a superhero in contrast to what we have now. I rather have a Rick Perry in the White House to complain about and hate sometimes
The bulk of the populace is quickly coming to the point that they’ll pull the lever for ANYBODY but Barry. Which is why I suspect that if there is no dramatic turnaround in his polling by fall the Democrats are gonna toss him under the bus.