Video: Obama: 10,000 dead from tornado in Kansas, give or take 9,988

posted at 11:04 am on May 9, 2007 by Ian

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed,” Obama told a crowd of 500 in Richmond on Tuesday:

Exit question: Rookie mistake?


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Ten? Ten thousand? What’s the difference? Just a bunch of zeros.

aunursa on May 9, 2007 at 11:08 AM

I can see it coming. How long until we start hearing that 10,000 really DID die, but Bush is covering it up?

Where is Rove hiding the bodies?! I demand answers!

Gregor on May 9, 2007 at 11:08 AM

He lied! He lied! He lied!

WisCon on May 9, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Credit where credit is due – for a Democrat with BDS, only being off by 9,988 bodies, is good.

amerpundit on May 9, 2007 at 11:10 AM

How do you even make that kind of mistake? And the lefties ridicule Bush for “not reading the paper”…geez.

CP on May 9, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Yep… wow… somehow I missed that…

Must be an evil Jooooowish Booooosh conspiricy to keep me in the dark…

But dam… that Karl Rove musta been a genius to pull it off!!!

Romeo13 on May 9, 2007 at 11:14 AM

The Dems are making lots of mistakes accidently on purpose. Just listen. You’ll hear them. Facts have nothing to do with politics.

Griz on May 9, 2007 at 11:17 AM

…Obama told a crowd of 500 in Richmond on Tuesday

You meant a crowd of 500,000, right?

Citizen Duck on May 9, 2007 at 11:18 AM

10,000 is the liberal template for number of deaths in disasters under Republican Presidents.

Criticism of Bush mounts as more than 10,000 feared dead

The actual death toll from Katrina was 1,836.

Valiant on May 9, 2007 at 11:20 AM

The DUmmies and KosKids will start comparing this to Booosh’s “1776 / 1976 / whatever” gaffe with Lillibet in 3… 2…
Seriously, everyone makes mistakes. What bothers me more is that Obama said that the reason he made the mistake is that he was “tired.” He’s the youngest guy in the race — which has just barely started! What’s up with that?

lan astaslem on May 9, 2007 at 11:20 AM

BushCo and Rove did it! For the oil! er oil pumps, er oil drums, er, gas stations, or something…anyway, Bush is responsible.

JustTruth101 on May 9, 2007 at 11:20 AM

Obama leading in recent polls, showing 800% approval rating.

fogw on May 9, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Well, I’m keeping an open mind on the events of 05/04/07. There are too many government conspiracies for us to ever know the whole truth. /Samantha Judge off

Obamation just got a little carried away with his shameless pandering. But he’s speaking to liberal Democrats, so they couldn’t give a rat’s ass about pesky things like facts anyway.

ReubenJCogburn on May 9, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Mistake? Nah, he’s a moron.

benrand on May 9, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Upon further reflection, Obama was just getting his casualty figures from the Lancet study of the tornado damage.

ReubenJCogburn on May 9, 2007 at 11:23 AM

He’s gonna idiot himself out of the race before November.

No wait, that was common sense talking. Never mind.

Privatestock on May 9, 2007 at 11:26 AM

10,000? That means everyone in Greensburg died 5+ times. Amazing.

Editor on May 9, 2007 at 11:31 AM

In case you missed it, BaRRookie, one of the TWELVE who lost their lives was police officer Robert Tim Buckman, who was critically injured in the tornado, and was removed from life support a few hours after his daughter was married at his bedside.

Where is your compassion, Obomb? You opportunistic hack.

RushBaby on May 9, 2007 at 11:31 AM

Yep….the more and more I see of this guy the more and more I see a Dukakis/McGovern kamakazi in the making. Speak more O….tell us all how it really is!

Limerick on May 9, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Why did he turn his back when he said 10,000? Was he looking at a cue card and misread it?

Brat on May 9, 2007 at 11:39 AM

People died, Obama lied!!

BigOrangeAxe on May 9, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Upon further reflection, Obama was just getting his casualty figures from the Lancet study of the tornado damage.

ReubenJCogburn on May 9, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Great…..beat me to it.

; )

omnipotent on May 9, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Let’s not forget that he then went on to blame Bush and the war in Iraq for the 10,000 dead.

LonelyMassRepublican on May 9, 2007 at 11:42 AM

For a preview of Obama winning the White House, just look at Deval Patrick in Massachusetts.

No substance but 63% of the vote to win!

LonelyMassRepublican on May 9, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Oh, 10,000 was the $amount$ paid just to see this joker!

Obama, who has been speaking to huge crowds in other areas of the country, did not fill the ballroom of the art center. Most in the crowd waited for more than an hour before he arrived from a fundraiser at the home of a supporter in western Henrico County. There, people paid up to $10,000 to meet the senator for cocktails.

The crowd at Plant Zero listened to music, sipped drinks and ate hors d’oeuvres as they waited for Obama. He arrived about 8:15 p.m. and spoke for 20 minutes.

As people entered the gallery, they walked past a large painting that had been covered with a white curtain at the request of the Obama campaign. The 6-foot by 10-foot painting by artist Jamie D. Boling reproduces in oils a photograph of an exposed Britney Spears getting out of a limousine.

Boling said last night that he was approached by Plant Zero officials asking that the painting be removed or covered. He said advance staff for Obama had seen it and another of his paintings, depicting a young woman wearing a T-shirt reading “Kill Lincoln,” from a scene in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The Obama staffers termed the paintings “a deal breaker,” Boling said. If they weren’t covered or removed, the event would not take place at Plant Zero.

Initially, the request seemed like censorship to the artist, but “the longer I thought about it, I realized what the issue was,” Boling said. “That space that leads into the event space was going to be used for photography.”

He agreed to substitute a painting of Tippi Hedren smoking from a scene in “The Birds” for the painting of the T-shirt reading “Kill Lincoln.” With no other works of a suitable size, he simply covered the painting of Spears.

Brat on May 9, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Forgot linky-dinky

Brat on May 9, 2007 at 11:50 AM

I heard Bush killed the 10,000 people because all our troops are in Iraq trying to police a civil war

abinitioadinfinitum on May 9, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Bush hasn’t even bothered to tour the area yet.

George W. Bush doesn’t care about white people.

saint kansas on May 9, 2007 at 11:51 AM

This offers a real insight into how Dem-ocrats/-agogues (same difference) behave when they are relaxed and in their comfort zone. They just say any damn thing that comes to mind to make an impression, without worring about accuracy, knowing that the MSM will either hide any mistake, or if it can’t be hidden, explain it away.

At least he hasn’t claimed it was a “botched joke” – yet.

drunyan8315 on May 9, 2007 at 11:52 AM

For a preview of Obama winning the White House, just look at Deval Patrick in Massachusetts.

No substance but 63% of the vote to win!

LonelyMassRepublican on May 9, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Very painful campaign. He sure is turning out to be an incompetent boob too isn’t he LMR.

Zetterson on May 9, 2007 at 11:59 AM

They tell al lie and get an instant visceral reaction from the crowd. Any facts revealed later do nothing to combat that “feeling” that is then locked into their psyche.They have been doing this forevah! They will not stop. It works.

bbz123 on May 9, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Oh come on. He corrected himself.

Baphomet on May 9, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Bush hasn’t even bothered to tour the area yet.

Haven’t heard? Bush’s visit would only hamper the recovery effort as precious resources are diverted to his entourage.

It’s a lose-lose situation.

CliffHanger on May 9, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Bush gets 1776 and 1976 mixed up, Obama gets 10 and 10,000 dead people mixed up. Guess which one made the front pages!?!! Guess which one corrected them self immediately!?!?

Seixon on May 9, 2007 at 12:02 PM

It was a slip of the tongue: 10,000 is what Democrats like chain-smoker Hussein Obama wanted to be killed, so they could politicize the tragedy more and blame it all on Iraq.

At least we know what their game plan is now: Hope for a huge natural disaster or terrorist attack, and blame the War in Iraq.

Hussein Obama has gotten prized multicultural treatment from liberals since he was a child, so he believes he can say or do anything and get away with it.

januarius on May 9, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Reminds me of the Katrina episode of South Park, where the media was declaring 100million dead in a town of 8000.

Bad Candy on May 9, 2007 at 12:13 PM

Does Kansas even have 10,000 people living there?

Lehosh on May 9, 2007 at 12:17 PM

Obama’s clearly a complete idiot. God help America if this guy gets voted in.

Aylios on May 9, 2007 at 12:30 PM

I can see it coming. How long until we start hearing that 10,000 really DID die, but Bush is covering it up?

Where is Rove hiding the bodies?! I demand answers!

Gregor on May 9, 2007 at 11:08 AM

And that the 10,000 were all black – because Bush doesn’t like them. Also, Bush intentionally sent the tornado there to kill them (that was not nature, my friends).

Rick on May 9, 2007 at 12:33 PM

And for the first time in history,
fire melted the fossil record.

CyberCipher on May 9, 2007 at 12:39 PM

And all of this only because Bush refused to sign Kyoto.

Niko on May 9, 2007 at 12:43 PM

“Here I stand, the god of Dems’ desire
Set pols on fire,
I have this power.
Morning noon and night, it’s tappy dancing,
Quick question ans’ring,
A thoughtful qlower.
Stage door nutroots constantly surround me,
They always hound me,
With one request.
Who can satisfy their spiteful web biz?
I’m not a math whiz!
I need some rest!

I’m tired,
Sick and tired of love,
I’ve had my fill of Rove,
From below and above,
Tired,
Tired of being admired,
Too tired to try to inspire…
Let’s face it,
I’m tired!”
-©2007 TPI

tree hugging sister on May 9, 2007 at 12:55 PM

Hey, it was 10,000!!! Afterall, He is the Messiah, and I must believe!!! ;-)

kevcad on May 9, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Well, I’m keeping an open mind on the events of 05/04/07.

Are you people BLIND?

05/04/07
5 + 4 = 9
4 + 7 = 11

GOOGLE IT!

</Rosie Mode>

Did everyone notice how the two guys behind him just nod their heads in agreement?

The Monster on May 9, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Let’s not forget that he is magical.

Rick on May 9, 2007 at 1:19 PM

We’re going to need 50,000 bodybags!

saint kansas on May 9, 2007 at 1:31 PM

f*#$ing Bushco!!

Rick on May 9, 2007 at 1:48 PM

I like the point Rush made this afternoon with MSNBC (and others) “pre-excusing” his flub by starting the story with: “Barack Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech….”

Bias? What bias?

mojowire on May 9, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Naah, I think the 10,000 were likely killed by chemtrails, not the tornado. I think we need more discussion on this before we dismiss it out of hand.

Is the Government using mind control rays to stop citizens from noticing that they’re using weather control machines to help direct chemtrails at locations where dissidents live?

I think we need a discussion. Right?

Paging Red Eye and Samantha… can we have a Chemtrail, Mind Control, Weather Machine discussion? Or is it just 9/11 Conspiracy kookiness that gets that level of acceptance?

gekkobear on May 9, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Is the Government using mind control rays to stop citizens from noticing that they’re using weather control machines to help direct chemtrails at locations where dissidents live?

I think we need a discussion. Right?

gekkobear on May 9, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Yes and yes. WE NEED ANSWERS!!!

Rick on May 9, 2007 at 2:55 PM

I get a particularly keen enjoyment out of watching this knucklehead say stupid things while he is busy pandering.

Jaibones on May 9, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Y’all just don’t get it – he meant to say that there could have been 10,000 dead. But he was tired.

What was the audience’s reaction? Any? If none, they’re all morons.

Entelechy on May 9, 2007 at 2:55 PM

What was the audience’s reaction? Any? If none, they’re all morons.

Entelechy on May 9, 2007 at 2:55 PM

They’re liberals. They actually believe 10,000 died. And even if it’s not true, the over-all story is accurate, so who cares?

Gag

Gregor on May 9, 2007 at 3:46 PM

In other news:

A masked gunman murdered 10,000 innocent people in southern Florida. Er, murdered 0 people.

My bad.

Kevin M on May 9, 2007 at 3:56 PM

How much you wanna bet the conspiracy theory’s will soon start.

1. Bush caused the tornado.
2. The first time in history a strong wind destroyed a town – google it
3. Proof that Global Warming is changing the environment.

My pick is 1.

Kini on May 9, 2007 at 4:37 PM

But isn’t Kansas solidly Republican?

Proof that Bush had nothing to do with it. ;-)

asc85 on May 9, 2007 at 6:33 PM

Obama, who has been speaking to huge crowds in other areas of the country, did not fill the ballroom of the art center. Most in the crowd waited for more than an hour before he arrived from a fundraiser at the home of a supporter in western Henrico County. There, people paid up to $10,000 to meet the senator for cocktails.

That’s a Freudian slip if I ever saw one, he was thinking about the $10,000, the money! Not the people!

4shoes on May 9, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Kini on May 9, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Didn’t you ever see the Bionic Man episode with the mad scientist and the weather machine? I saw it on tv so it must be true ;)

Bradky on May 9, 2007 at 7:42 PM

What gets me about this isn’t that Obama might’ve goofed a figure here or there, but the fact that 10,000 casualties is darn near impossible for any natural disaster on U.S. soil, let alone a tornado in Kansas… by orders of magnitude. It just wouldn’t even occur to most people to blurt it out in error, because it’s just so preposterous.

That’s what alarms me about his gaffe. It’s vaguely reminiscent of metal imbalance, like Zhirinovsky’s 1992 rant about “Millions of Americans visiting Russia… and millions of Russians visiting America” when asked if tourism might pick up in the new Russia.

RD on May 9, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Well, I’m keeping an open mind on the events of 05/04/07. There are too many government conspiracies for us to ever know the whole truth. /Samantha Judge off

ReubenJCogburn on May 9, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Yes, after all there’s so much about 05/04/07 we don’t know.

RD on May 9, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Kini on May 9, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Didn’t you ever see the Bionic Man episode with the mad scientist and the weather machine? I saw it on tv so it must be true ;)

Bradky on May 9, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Missed it! The episode I remember is from Lance Lot Link, Secret Chimp… with Lancelot fighting the head of C.H.U.M.P. for the weather machine lever, making the weather go back & forth between blizzard and beautiful sunshine…

And there’s extra leftard bonus of a “free association” with chimps… an animal they appear to have an unnatural obsession with these days…

RD on May 9, 2007 at 11:38 PM