Congresswoman Michele Bachmann , R-Minn., had only officially been on the campaign trail for a few days and already she was taking heat for her words. In a Fox Newsinterview just before her official candidacy announcement, Bachmann attempted to convey the patriotic spirit of acting icon John Waynewhen she said this:
“Well, what I want them to know is just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa , that’s the kind of spirit I have too,”
The John Wayne the congresswoman was thinking of is actually the notorious “Killer Clown,” John Wayne Gacy Jr. , who moved to Waterloo, Iowa as an adult. Though her comments were not so bright, they were far from the worst Presidential Campaign gaffes in recent memory. So as “The Duke” rolls over in his grave, let’s take a look at some of the latest and greatest Presidential hopefuls over the past few elections and their classic slip-ups Enjoy:
John McCain (2008 Campaign) – “I’m a proud conservative, liberal Republican.”
As if Senator McCain hadn’t already taken enough heat from Rush Limbaugh , as well as others within his own party for being too liberal, McCain lets out this slip for the world to see.
Bill Clinton (2008 Campaign) – “If you elect me…”
While campaigning for his wife Hillary, inFebruary 2008, former President Bill Clinton apparently was having flashbacks to his former White House bids. While giving a speech on his wife’s behalf in Portsmouth, Ohio, President Clinton told what hewould do with funds from repealed energysubsidiesif elected. He never seemed to catch himself and the audience quickly disregarded the slip of tongue and applauded his comments. Pesky term limits.
Barack Obama (2008 Campaign) – “I’ve now been in fifty seven states I think. One left to go.”
An obviously exhausted Senator Obama was in the middle of trudging through another stop on the trail during his 2008 campaign and he was so confused, he added an extra seven members to the United States.
John Kerry (2004 Campaign) – “Study hard, do your homework and you make an effort to be smart you can do well. If you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.”
Senator John Kerry, a veteran himself, let out this gem of a quote during his 2004 White House bid. In an apparent attempt to be humorous, Kerry’s quotes were taken by many as a jab at the intelligence of U.S. troops serving in Iraq. The only problem with Kerry’s quote is that it was not a slip up, but simply a bad taste attempt at being funny that failed miserably.
On a side note, I actually met Senator Kerry at the Regional Embassy Al Hillah in 2005 while I was serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army and needless to say, he seemed more than uncomfortable around the troops shortly after this calamity.
John McCain (2008 Campaign Part II) – “Some of Obama’s supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about western Pennsylvania lately and you know, I couldn’t agree with them more.”
You didn’t think Senator McCain was only on the list once did you? While giving a speech in Western Pennsylvania attempting to defend the people there against an apparent Democratic attack implying those who live in the area may be racist. In an apparent attempt to pledge his disagreement with the racism claims to the good people of western PA, Senator McCain momentarily stuns the crowd by saying he agreed with the attack. He then continues with several confusing ramblings.
Joe Biden (2008 Campaign) – “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
The eventual Vice President was videoed having a quick conversation with an Indian gentleman during the 2008 campaign and he made possible the most raciallyinsensitiveremark by a politician since the old days of segregation. If for no other reason than the fact that this man is second in line for the most powerful office in the world, we can all be very happy that our President has stayed safe and healthy during his term.
Every election campaign give way to new and dumber quotes, slip-ups andembarrassingmoments for the candidates. Congresswoman Bachmann will recover, at least from this one and I’m sure John Wayne would forgive her. Maybe.