How often did Quayle misspell potato?

posted at 10:30 am on May 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Somewhere in Indiana, Dan Quayle sits fuming over a breakfast of eggs and potatoes. He misspelled potato once — once! — and the media painted him as an illiterate idiot. Barack Obama can’t remember the name of the city he’s in for the second time, and it barely makes a splash:

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: Before a packed stadium on a rainy afternoon in Sunrise, Fla., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., voiced pleasure with his first visit to the state in six months. “We’ve had a great three days campaigning here in Florida. But I regret that we couldn’t campaign here earlier. But I promise you we’re going to make up for some lost time,” said the presidential hopeful, who initially referred several times to Sunrise as Sunshine.

Obama spoke for about a half hour, serving up a compilation of his greatest hits. No mention of the assassination apology made by his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. In fact, Obama praised Clinton for running “a magnificant campaign.”

Er, Tahman? That’s “magnificent“. There’s only one “a” in magnificent. Please see your Merriam-Quayle dictionary.

Last week, Obama couldn’t tell Sioux City from Sioux Falls. Yesterday, he couldn’t tell Sunrise from Sunshine. These aren’t the most egregious mistakes in the world — they don’t compare to, say, claiming that a president should meet with terrorist financiers without asking them to stop paying for terrorism — but they do show at least a little incompetence in handling information and details. How many times did Gerald Ford bump his head before comedians started portraying the former star athlete as an uncoordinated boob?


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Peanut had the same problem.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 24, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Being critical of a man who doesn’t know where he is, could be labeled a distraction.

a capella on May 24, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Affirmative Action geographical nuance. It’s kind of like being “pacific”.

I bet he can spell all the top resort locations in Hawaii.

Hening on May 24, 2008 at 10:39 AM

I bet he can spell all the top resort locations in Hawaii.

Hening on May 24, 2008 at 10:39 AM

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I had an awful time learning how to spell Saul Alinsky.

a capella on May 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Dammit, if the Messiah says the name of that town is Sunrise, then you better change the name of the friggin place.
Hope and change, baby. Hope and change.

Sugar Land on May 24, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Losing your bearings there, Senator?

Greenhorn on May 24, 2008 at 10:46 AM

“Hello, Cleveland!”

forest on May 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

As I commented over at Michelle’s signature site,

That featherweight Obama makes Dan Quayle sound like a George Washington.

And don’t get me wrong, I would prefer Vice President Quayle over any of the candidates running today…

Zorro on May 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

B. Hussein’s campaign is all about change so if he wants to change your town’s name, the number of states in the union, or his bowling score then he’s entitled to do so. This thread doesn’t feed my children.

Mojave Mark on May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Anyone else having difficulty accessing the link to ABC? My computer keeps crashing when I go to that link (I use Firefox).

It’s a plot to prevent us from learning the truth about Obama’s misspelling magnificent, I tell ya!

Buy Danish on May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

‘Rove, you magnificant bastard.’

DaveC on May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

He just kept saying Sunshine because he was thinking of his wife.

JammieWearingFool on May 24, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Buy Danish on May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Was just there….no prob…using IE here.

Limerick on May 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM

The chemical symbol for Teflon is MSM.

Maquis on May 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM

[Buy Danish on May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM]

You have to go into the config utility and set “I hate ABC” to 1. The default is 0.

/kidding

Dusty on May 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Barry pronounces Massachusetts MASSATOOSITS.

Is that ebonics or something?

Why aren’t or purveors of defining who has gravitas and good taste jumping all over his ass on that?

They all called Bush a lightweight…this guy is lighter than air.

Barry is an Affirmative Action candidate.

benrand on May 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM

The chemical symbol for Teflon is MSM.

Maquis on May 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Bwhahaahaaha! Egggggsellent.

techno_barbarian on May 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Good night Springton, there will be no encore.

gmbdds on May 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Barry pronounces Massachusetts MASSATOOSITS.

If we only had the video….

drjohn on May 24, 2008 at 11:27 AM

They all called Bush a lightweight…this guy is lighter than air.

Barry is an the Helium-filled Affirmative Action candidate.

benrand on May 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Envision a political-style cartoon of Comrade Michello struggling with holding the many strings attached to a big bunch of balloons that say ‘Hope!’ and ‘Change!’, and one of the balloons is Comrade Obambi himself.

techno_barbarian on May 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

If we only had the video….

drjohn on May 24, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Yes, but please bring on the video of Quayle @ Spelling Bee with his silent ‘E’ goof. My question, he was judging the event, so where was the card that he read from in the first place when announcing which word was to be spelled next? Reading a cue card and then making the error as the expert judge is pretty rich; you’ve got to admit it was worth a LOL even if undeserving a world record.

maverick muse on May 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM

The flash card had the word spelled wrong. None of Quayle’s handlers caught it. Source here.

Gideon7 on May 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM

I wonder if Obama is railing at his staff: Now look what you made me do!

Sunshine/Sunrise he doesn’t care, they are just Jews, he’ll throw them under the bus to Ahmadinejad or Hussein of Jordan…

57 states? He’s hoping they are blue…

originalpechanga on May 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM

I’ve been told that Quayle was NOT judging the spelling bee; in which case, why would he be making the correction (incorrectly).

maverick muse on May 24, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Gideon7 thanks to clear up the mystery of the silent E.

maverick muse on May 24, 2008 at 12:22 PM

What still bothers me is the 57 state quote from BO that has been squelched. Think if Mr Quayle had said that! I guess that’s just more “change we can believe in”.

roosterman on May 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Change I can’t believe in.

Entelechy on May 24, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Magnificant! It’s latin you rubes. Sheesh!

magnificant
magnific.ant V 1 1 PRES ACTIVE IND 3 P
magnifico, magnificare, magnificavi, magnificatus V (1st) TRANS [XXXDO] lesser
prize, esteem greatly; praise, extol;

It’s found in Mathew 23:5
“Omnia vero opera sua faciunt ut videantur ab hominibus: dilatant enim phylacteria sua, et magnificant fimbrias.”

From the KJV:
“But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,”

Heh, the useage is appropriate, too! Just Google Mathew 23 for the context…it is quite enlightening!!

dung.

Moose Dung on May 24, 2008 at 1:40 PM

All 57 States.

Chakra Hammer on May 24, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Obama apologized for calling that reprterette “sweetie”, but he refuses to stop calling Iran’s president Akmydumbjihad “darling”.

jgapinoy on May 24, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Well, at least he doesn’t take money from Big Oil Companies.

TooTall on May 24, 2008 at 4:26 PM

You want video, you got video…
BHO saying Massatoosits

rslancer14 on May 24, 2008 at 4:49 PM

This man is nothing more than a helium filled balloon in the shape of a suit. Harvard must not have been too strict on it’s grading of this guy.

thekingtut on May 24, 2008 at 4:50 PM

I used to think that calling BHO an “affirmative action” candidate amounted to a slur. Given the repeated nature of his gaffes I have come around and now believe that calling him an “affirmative action” candidate is an understatement.

Mormon Doc on May 24, 2008 at 4:58 PM

rslancer14

Masatoosits is a Kenyan word that means land of bean eating democrats.

Mormon Doc on May 24, 2008 at 5:00 PM

maverick Muse,

Potato was mis-spelled on the card that Quayle was reading from.

MarkTheGreat on May 24, 2008 at 5:55 PM

The dems are tossing a flyweight into a heavyweight bout. Obambi sounds like Mike Tyson when he says “Massa-two-sits” (see rslancer14 on May 24, 2008 at 4:49 PM).

T J Green on May 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM

well I know for sure this has nothing to do with the media being almost entirely liberal and shielding their preferred candidates from as many of the ‘little faux pas’ as they can. I am positive of this. /sarc

MannyT-vA on May 25, 2008 at 6:55 AM

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I had an awful time learning how to spell Saul Alinsky.

a capella on May 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Liberals don’t have to worry about that his name and his rules for radicals are graved in brass in every room of the house, and the senate.

Speakup on May 25, 2008 at 10:06 AM

I believe that Quayle was given the improper spelling by the spelling bee officials (it was spelled incorrectly on the card he was given). Yet he will never live that one down. Wrong city? I can believe it on these crazy camapaign tours. Fifty seven states? That can not be attributed to anything other than not being smarter than a fifth grader.

jerseyman on May 25, 2008 at 8:53 PM

We can forgive Barack for not knowing which city he’s in. It is a grueling campaign schedule and it has gone on for very long time, and he doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.

Kafir on May 26, 2008 at 11:33 AM