published Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Michele Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday ... on death date

Michelle Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina.

The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune "Promised Land" at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock 'n' roll.

"Before we get started, let's all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.

But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis' death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, "He died today!"

Bachmann didn't respond and launched into her speech.

She didn't miss a beat on the Elvis front either. As she signed autographs, she paused for a brief shag dance with one of her fans.

Bachmann corrected herself later as she spoke with reporters, noting the date marked Presley's passing, not his birth.

"As far as we're concerned, he's still alive in our hearts," Bachmann said.

Bachmann has stumbled over cultural references before. In June, she kicked off her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, calling it the home of American actor John Wayne. The town was actually home for a time to serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

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Okay but she would be a historic POTUS. We've learned to overlook silly things like more wars, more unemployment, and more debt in order to elect a historic POTUS.

August 16, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.
jacmoe said...

On the anniversary of his death, Michelle Bachmann wished Elvis a happy birthday. Isn't that special.

August 16, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.
grandmastaj said...

A conservative complaining about electing a president that will start more wars and increase debt? Bwahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

August 16, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

A silly, but ultimately unimportant, mistake. A staffer probably noticed what day it was and suggested Bachman say something at the last minute. She's been going non-stop for weeks now, she's probably worn out, and she misspoke. All candidates do this sort of stuff. It's not like she fumbled a major policy position (at least no more than she usually does).

There are tons of legitimate reasons to criticize Bachman, this is not one of them.

August 16, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
adolphochs said...

If Bachmann had not done it, Biden would have.

August 16, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.
hambone said...

She's got Elvis's vote!!!!!

August 16, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
rick1 said...

She told us it was Elvis's birthday and she was wrong. Obama told us his $800 billion stimulus would keep unemployment under 8%, and he was wrong. Which one affects us more?

August 16, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
esaletnik said...

I was very surprised to learn last week while watching the debates that Michele is Pro-Choice. But only when it comes to light bulbs.

August 16, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
GlarryB said...

So would this be like Obama saying that he had visited all 57 states (which the media conveniently didn't mention) or when he pronounced Marine Corps as "Corpse" (also, not mentioned by the media) Interesting that the Times decides to make a big deal out of such a small error when they're on the brink of exhaustion.... but again, that's the liberal and biased media for you.

August 16, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
rick1 said...

GlarryB, how could we forget one of the best ones from Obama. "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. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama” Obama was born in 1961, and the Selma march occurred four years later, in 1965

August 16, 2011 at 7:42 p.m.
moonpie said...

Great study reported by NPR a year ago which showed equally wrong gaffs by Obama and by Bush.

People who identified themselves as liberals did not look unfavorably on Obama gaffs.

Conservatives did not look unfavorably on Bush gaffs.

Each side looked very unfavorably on the opposite side's gaffs.

The way these guys travel and try to stay fresh, they are a lot like rock bands who sometimes even forget what city they're in.

This is a non-issue.

All it does is illustrate that all top politicians have handlers who are imperfect.

August 16, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.
hambone said...

rick1, who was closer to right??

August 16, 2011 at 10:59 p.m.
terrybham said...

I hope Elvis had a very happy birthday. She is a born-again so for her August would be his new birthday. Interesting thinking on her part. On a side b note; I am just happy that the wealthy will get to keep their tax cut. For the rest of you nit wits, your taxes will rise and your SSA will be cut. God bless Americans.

August 17, 2011 at 11 a.m.
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