Skip to comments.President Obama’s auto fatality gaffe
Posted on 08/13/2013 4:00:21 AM PDT by IbJensen
President Obama said some rather strange things during his appearance on The Tonight Show last week, but one gaffe in particular has flown low under the radar. While he was attempting to downplay the resurgence of al-Qaeda, the President said, The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately.
This was before he came up with the idea of sub-dividing al-Qaeda into a bunch of little micro-divisions so he could claim he was telling the truth when he repeatedly claimed al-Qaeda was decimated and on the run during the 2012 campaign. Now he claims to have meant core al-Qaeda was on the run, but not New al-Qaeda, Diet al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda Classic, Cherry Vanilla al-Qaeda, or al-Qaeda Plus. On Leno, he seemed more interested in assuring us there was no reason to panic about terrorism, which explains why its important for the National Security Agency to monitor the electronic communications of everyone in America.
For a smooth orator, Obamas delivery of that line was awfully clumsy. Its unfortunate that more people arent killed by terrorists? I suspect late-night comedians would have made George Bush pay for dropping a lead balloon like that. But of course, Barack Obama will never have to worry about widespread mockery for his gaffes.
Clearly what he was trying to say is that more people die in car accidents that terror attacks, and its really unfortunate that so many people die in car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated just over 34,000 traffic fatalities in 2012, a five percent increase over the previous year. Thats a lot of fatalities, and it is indeed most unfortunate. Its rather facile to compare terrorism on U.S. soil to such a death toll. We are routinely instructed by President Obama and his media allies to panic over far lower body counts from a variety of other sources.
But the other grating thing about the highway-fatalities gaffe is that lighter cars from elevated fuel standards are a significant factor in automobile deaths, and President Obama is four-square in favor of such elevated standards. He often brags about imposing higher fuel-efficiency standards, even though the auto sales industry has expressed concerns about how sticker shock from meeting these standards will reduce consumer demand. Larry Bell at Forbes put it bluntly in an August 2011 article entitled New Auto Fuel Economy Standards Will Regulate Us to Death:
These changes will have important safety ramifications. A 2003 NHTSA study estimated that every 100 pounds of weight taken off a car weighing more than 3,000 pounds increases the accident death rate slightly less than 5%, and the rate increases as vehicles become lighter than that. Two years earlier a National Academy of Sciences study estimated that CAFE standards at that time were responsible for as many as 2,600 highway deaths in a single year. A 1999 study conducted by USA Today applying federal government Fatality Analysis Reporting System Data attributed deaths of 7,700 people for each additional mpg mandated to meet CAFÉ regulations.
And thats even before we consider the dangers of sending people into inclement weather conditions while driving tiny, unreliable electric cars. You really dont want to be stuck on a lonely winter road in sub-zero temperatures when your electric-car battery dies. On the bright side, theyve been known to burst into flames on occasion, so that would at least keep you warm for a while.
This is one of many examples of government policies presented as an unalloyed, nearly cost-free boon to the people, by hiding the true and sometimes very unfortunate costs, or passing them off as unintended consequences that nobody could have foreseen, even though plenty of critics foresaw them. Perhaps the American people would decide that more fuel-efficient cars and reduced pollution are worth a certain number of traffic fatalities every year, but the question is never put to them with such brutal honesty. We may be confident that Obamas if it saves just one life standard, unveiled when he was pushing for gun control legislation, will never be applied against anything he supports, from increased CAFE standards to abortion.
Obama is a stammering, stuttering, ignorant, phony, shyster mystery man. If we were able to look into his brain and see the contempt in which he holds this nation and its people who still possess a functional brain we'd revolt!
This thing is an unbridled liar and totally incapable of any worthwhile accomplishment. He is a failure, but make no mistake, he's a dangerous failure who, like disease, is killing America.
“Obama never speaks coherently because his brain is on drugs”........
This has more truth than fiction.
How else to explain the tremendous gaffe in front of a gaggle of his imbecilic supporters. He was attempting to regurgitate something about government health care, but instead erupted into a fusillade of incoherent crap about emergency rooms and breathalyzers.
If he wasn’t president, he’d be a figure to pity and then perhaps to be deported back to where he was born.
If really wanted to be FOS he should have claimed that people are more likely die in an airplane crash.
Unfortunately, it isn’t just Obama.
why don’t you just come out and tell us how you really feel?
You realize remarks like that mean you may never be a rodeo clown in Missouri?
True — all you said.
Excellent! This is what the author should have written about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We noticed John... Rush noticed... Levin noticed... Palin noticed... Malkin noticed... all of Free Republic noticed... and then you noticed.
No one cares because barack is Emperor. He can do no wrong... the press will not even cover his collapse in the polls... his homosexual agenda, marxism and blackness trump all in DC and the enemedia. He will probably try to serve for life... this is what has happened to a once great Republic... we are now a banana republic where deviant sexual acts trump truth and evil reigns without challenge. Bad times are coming Johnny boy... write about that!
I was just envisioning Obama having to take questions on a weekly basis from the House and Senate like the Prime Minister of England does with the House of Commons and House of Lords, “without a teleprompter”. Our bumbling idiot President would not last five minutes, he would be a gaffe a minute.
My kids lost a close friend and his wife in a fatal car wreck this past weekend. A Limo driver flew off a highway, into a tree. Two dead. So sad. My daughter knew the kid for 20 years, and attended his wedding this year.
Anyway, The next three years will be difficult for Obama. I think reality will pay him a visit, and it won’t be pretty for either him or us. I think the whole thing is about to unravel.
The comment that I noticed most was Obama telling the Russians that they will not win as much gold at the Olympic because they may not have enough gay athletes. That was incredible. It got no attention.
The man is just screwed up beyond belief.
The American people are going to have to force this evil regime to unravel.
No wonder Putin looks disgusted when he’s with Obama.
“I think the whole thing is about to unravel.”
Yep. Maybe logic will dictate for a change.
40 months to go with lots of phony scandals unraveling.
How incongruous that Democrats and their fellow travelers feign outrage that a little ol’ rodeo clown donned an Obama mask. The incongruous part is that it was an attempt at humor. We know full well that there’s nothing humorous about the disease Obama.
When the Clintons came on the scene I began to hate. Now with Obama sitting in the Oval Orifice behind a desk, the surface of which is as empty as his drug-addled brain, I now despise.
I despise this creature, but I hold the Republican Party in contempt!
America can’t withstand the next forty months.
I have an Irish friend a bit like Obama, but it is humorous because he admits it and knows he is like that, while all of us make fun of him as part of the piece of entertaining each other. It’s like he is persuaded everything is just absolutely fine with himself even when he is utterly miserable and completely stupid.
See, “Obama is not boring, it is Putin who is behaving like a bored child”. They insult and take custodies against others like this, all the while they may have zero custodies and are obvious total b!tches and idiots to their interlocutors or group of friends who use them to make fun of them. It’s like the response is “yeah, sure, how about you go clean my truck now” and goes out and does what the group tells him to do. It’s the level of self delusion, but to the amazement of those who know him, he always manages here and there to snooker someone or some girl at a bar into his shallow narcissistic bull crap. I suppose liquor factor is what makes those girls impressed, while we all know he is just the butt of the joke of whatever group really knows him.
Interestingly my friend was in and out of juvenile courts and somewhat neglected when young, and even suspected of having a thing for men or men’s cosmetics, as if he probably was molested and just repressed that part.
Thus, even if gay, he’ll think he is a man for women and vice versa and will boast about that. Obama seems to be a typical person who lives with a heavily repressed mind and who loves liquor, “always winning”, even when at his worst in terms of relationships.
This brings one to other bilingual people in America. I have another Mexican friend who is a total joke in Mexico, but no one in America knows how much of a joke he is. He always seeks to rise in the ranks of Mexicans, acting like he can be gangster and snooker Americans for them. He will use his ability to translate and play one side against the other that way. So, he’ll act to his Mexican family now that he has all those American connections, while acting to Americans that he is the top bad a$$ Mexican in Mexico, when all Mexicans have no respect for him.
This is the Marxist gamer. He suddenly finds a niche where he can game things for himself, despite being a total wretch and incompetent being. He always hides at the border fence and manipulates sides. It is how he or she rises temporarily or in key manner in ranks. The diplomatic corp is heavily infestated with this kind of people.
Obama is supposed to look like he is this great bridge between whites and blacks and globalisticaly between foreigners and America, when in fact he is used and uses the whole thing to trash us and make himself look good. I still do not understand what we hope to accomplish with him in terms of global trade, because more and more take us less and less seriously, except the most backwater idiotic Kogelo tribes of this planet.
They are back stabbers. They will cry one day for mercy, and the next you forgive them, they will aggrandize themselves, take your job and totally lie and destroy whoever helped them. Oprah is also known to having been helped by white people to rise in fame only to turn on the people who helped her rise.
Their “power” is of holding a few keys to the house and being given these keys, and that is very scary, because they will use these keys to make others look incompetent and tyranically destroy their abilities to excel in relationships, cares and jobs.
It is most irritating in AMerica that more and more people seem to fall for this kind of key holder. Take the keys from them, and they would fall apart. But apparently there are powers of manipulations of greed or what not out there which want the management to be accomplished that way.
We cannot let them do it. We have to make demands of respect and communications. We cannot let these people get away with “mistakes” or “incompetences” and their ways of empowering themselves over us with these lies and get aways like this. We must demand recognition of our accomplishments and talents, without alienating people around.
The key is when they say they make mistakes or that we cannot communicate. That is a dead giveaway that they are trying to get away with keeping us down while completely incompetent themselves at getting the job done correctly. They want recognition for a job they cannot do and make us admit we cannot do that job, signing this or that paper of admitting incompetence. We cannot let them do this to us or persuade the rest of that. It’s complete catastrophe for everyone involved. Unfortunately, at the interview, a lot of BS is involved and BS artists are what are sought. No one of real seriousness is ever contemplated, unless a point is made at the interview. This is when smart lawyers can be involved. But there again, with some lawyers, you have the smart ones and the smart a$$ ones acting as key negociators when in fact they back stab and rise through ranks that way in companies and government.
And that disease of law school shtick is very depressing in America and has given us through Harvard BS school the like of Obama.
The Republican is the stupid party, and now it has found job security with the acceptance of Obama the stupidness empowered.
THey all are jokers and foreigners at the federal reserve, and I mean by foreigners, not just from a foreign country, but insane and alienating. DC is a coocoo’s nest.
Those scandals are nothing but foreign and communist terror attacks on the various departments and works of DC.
It starts as scandals, and next is the bombs, and everyone still acts like Bagdad Bob: it’s all phony... there are no foreign tanks or terrorists in the city.
To compare mistakes and auto accidents to terrorism is ridiculous since the terrorist makes other agree to his version of history through these attacks.
The enslaving factor is how we respond to a terrorist attack, a submission, whereas in accidents, that is not the case. They want us to let ourselves go and die of “accident”.
“CITIZEN”... indeed, the real word should be: “those whose arms and legs I have cut off through government power, I now have you, what do you think is of your best interest but what is of my interest?”
ANd so it is that the Hostel situation rises in America to its Hannibal like horrifying conclusions with an overempowered idiotic government thinking it is big and important, when we are bigger despite enchained.
HE wants to take our custodies away as drivers and coal burners and give all powers to terrorists. Voila.
It was not a gaffe, it is an enormity. But the media minimizes everything he says behind relativism because the media does not feel involved with the victims of terror attacks and instead invites viewers to become just as psycho and sociopathic and numbed to violence, incompetence, horror and sex as they are.
It is the dumming down by the dummies.
Does anybody know where I can find the statistics of death by type of automobile victim was in? The reason I’m asking is that I was having a conversation with an idiot lib who was claiming the type of car seat a child was in was more important than the type of car.
Yes he is screwed beyond belief but he is no man. Demon maybe... childish and mentally ill for certain.
the “cult of personality” does not take kindly to being mocked
In North Korea for example you got executed for crying convincingly enough when Dear Leader died
imagine a US citizen being driven out of his profession for making fun of barack obama, especially after all the bitter sick “humor” publicly directed at George W Bush and his family for 8 years
This is why he gives arms to terrorists through Benghazi and supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
It ain’t no gaffe.