The Young Gaffer sees dead people

posted at 8:00 am on May 27, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Observances of Memorial Day often lack recognition of the fact that the day honors those who died in service to the nation. When one hears, “Happy Memorial Day!”, it becomes clear that the meaning of the holiday has escaped people. That becomes particularly frustrating when politicians forget the reason, as apparently Barack Obama did yesterday in New Mexico, and his campaign did later. Power Line highlighted the gaffe:

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Does Obama see dead people? Coming from Chicago, one might be tempted to joke that they would form a natural portion of his constituency, but obviously Obama confused this with Veterans Day, which honors our living veterans of war. Unfortunately, most of the nation makes the same mistake, and small wonder when its leadership can’t distinguish between the two.

Since this is an election season, Obama decided to use his time to do a lot of self-promotion and criticize the Bush administration as his way of honoring the war dead. In politicizing the holiday, Obama portrayed veterans as victims of the current administration, and used the platform to promise all kinds of new spending, helpfully reminding his audience that we spend $10 billion a month in Iraq. Obama told the audience that he wants to rely on solar power for energy independence, exclaiming “Solar! There’s a lot of sun around here. I think we can use use it,” even though decades of research has yet to deliver on wide-scale solar power.

When responding to criticism from John McCain, the Obama campaign became shocked, shocked! that politics got mentioned — and again revealed their ignorance, as Tom Maguire noticed:

For most Americans, Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation’s war dead. However, the Obama team has re-imagined the holiday, as made clear in this comment responding to an attack from John McCain:

Obama’s camp declined to hit back, with spokesman Bill Burton saying “Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation’s veterans, not a day for political posturing.”

It hardly seems fair to ask them the purpose of Veterans Day.

One more time: Memorial Day honors our war dead. Perhaps Obama and his entire team simply forgot that after tiring themselves with all of their political posturing in New Mexico.


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Obama’s words are those of a sock puppet mouthing pre-programmed formula – prepared by those without understanding of the significance of the day for one without interest of the significance of the day.

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Lockstein13 on May 27, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Is it too much to ask for presidential candidates to understand national holidays?

Is it too much to ask for presidential candidates to understand how many states make up the USA?

Is it too much to ask for presidential candidates to understand the language spoken by our enemies?

When it comes to this rookie empty suit creation of a phony leader, this list could fill an entire thread.

Keemo on May 27, 2008 at 8:15 AM

The Obama campaign accused McCain of political posturing even as Obama was political posturing. This is the same technique they used, successfully, against the Clintons. They were able to play the new politics vs. old all the while doing what they claimed to abhor, and the media just got weak in the knee — or was that just a tingle up their leg.
DKK

LifeTrek on May 27, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Why should Obama understand Memorial Day? He doesn’t understand anything else.

backwoods conservative on May 27, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Obama’s too clueless to realize his handlers are even more clueless than he is.

rockbend on May 27, 2008 at 8:23 AM

HAHA!

With some of these gaffs, he almost seems to be saying, “see, it doesn’t even matter what i say anymore…my supporters don’t listen, they just sit there and bask in my reflected glory.”

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Sometimes my grasp on the English language is tenuous but it seems like the quote from Obama doesn’t miss the point of Memorial day at all.

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

“[U]nbroken line of fallen heroes,” indicates we are honoring the dead. Where as the them in the hyphenated part is refering to simply heroes.

I guess it’s convenient to the central argument that Obama is dumb/inexperienced and unpatriotic to ignore the fact that he said fallen heroes, but is it honest?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:29 AM

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes…

“…its unbroken line of fallen heroes”? Is that supposed to mean something?

Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Oops; you win.

Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 8:31 AM

The Obama campaign accused McCain of political posturing even as Obama was political posturing. This is the same technique they used, successfully, against the Clintons. They were able to play the new politics vs. old all the while doing what they claimed to abhor, and the media just got weak in the knee — or was that just a tingle up their leg.
DKK

LifeTrek on May 27, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Its the same thing with their “Politics of Fear” right after they fearmonger about war with Iran, scare seniors about Social Security, Threaten Union members about their jobs and assorted other lib policies which are based on nothing but fear.

Is not one “NEW” thing that Obama is doing its simply that everyone else is acting so dumb in responce to it.

William Amos on May 27, 2008 at 8:31 AM

This bum is absolutely pathetic . . . he simply doesn’t have a clue.

rplat on May 27, 2008 at 8:31 AM

“[U]nbroken line of fallen heroes,” indicates we are honoring the dead. Where as the them in the hyphenated part is refering to simply heroes.

I guess it’s convenient to the central argument that Obama is dumb/inexperienced and unpatriotic to ignore the fact that he said fallen heroes, but is it honest?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:29 AM

It’s bad English. Grammatically, “them” refers to “fallen heroes”.

Aristotle on May 27, 2008 at 8:38 AM

This bum is absolutely pathetic . . . he simply doesn’t have a clue.

rplat on May 27, 2008 at 8:31 AM

The only thing pathetic here is the absurd attempt to paint Obama as clueless while quoting him saying, “our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes.”

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Words, in the form of the finest silk and silver.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 8:40 AM

Several of you are leaving out an important part of the quote.

as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today

Obviously, he’s not referring to the dead, or he’s seeing ghosts. Which is it?

Ed Morrissey on May 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM

It’s bad English. Grammatically, “them” refers to “fallen heroes”.

Aristotle on May 27, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Maybe it is. So which do you believe:

1- He was seeing dead people

2- He had no clue who we honor on Memorial Day, even though he just said we honor our fallen heroes, or…

3- The hyphenated phrase was refering to heroes and “we”, on the right, are dishonestly using this to further a meme?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes…

Spoken at Arlington or another military cemetery, that quote would make sense. The awe we feel at their gravesides is what the Day commemorates.

But it’s unlikely Obama was at a cemetery making his speech unless his campers were collecting names to forge into the registration records to puff up his tally come November.

maverick muse on May 27, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Ed Morrissey on May 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Ed, read my post at 8:29am again. It may be “bad English”, as Aristotle pointed out, but do you not see how the hyphenated phrase is obviously refering to the word heroes? Of course he wasn’t seeing fallen heroes in the audience.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:47 AM

This poser makes a fool of himself almost everyday, has no
grasp of history,and makes it obvious that he is just rattling off talking points that his advisor’s tell him to say without any idea of their meaning.

But we should give him credit where it is due,he has accomplished adding 7 more states to the USA during his campaign,

moved Arkansas closer to Kentucky and Illinois further away,

will cut and run in Iraq unless al-qaeda shows up,then he
will re-invade,

reduced Iran and N. Korea to “tiny” threats,

taught everyone in Afghanistan how to speak Arabic,

revealed that FDR held talks with Hitler and Tojo that no one apparently knew about until now,

and miraculously maintained a 20 year relationship with his “spiritual advisor and moral compass” the racist Rev. Wright without ever really knowing who he was.

If he was a Republican,think of all the fun the Jon Stewart’s,SNL,MSNBC, and Letterman would be having with all
this.

Baxter Greene on May 27, 2008 at 8:47 AM

“…its unbroken line of fallen heroes”? Is that supposed to mean something?

Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Yeah, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me either. What is the significance of the line being unbroken? What is it that could break the line? Would a broken line be less honorable in some way? It seems to me that the line is broken in several places, anyway…we haven’t had a state of constant war since 1776.

And we can all figure out what he meant to say with the ‘I see some of them out there’ line…but the fact is he didn’t say that, he said what he said. That makes it a gaffe and him clueless for making that mistake.

James on May 27, 2008 at 8:50 AM

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM

IMHO, you are sorta grasping here, friend. The word “fallen” is an adjective which he is using to describe the noun “fallen”.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Ed, read my post at 8:29am again. It may be “bad English”, as Aristotle pointed out, but do you not see how the hyphenated phrase is obviously refering to the word heroes? Of course he wasn’t seeing fallen heroes in the audience.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:47 AM

That’s why IT IS A GAFFE. Just like Bush saying “Is Our Children learning?” or “I know how hard it is to put food on your family.” How many times have we heard those quotes repeated derisively by the Left? Turnabout is fair play.

rockmom on May 27, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Does “12thman” buy his knee-pads at K-Mart, or Wal-Mart?

jes’ wonderin’

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 8:56 AM

oh, wait a minute…the noun “hero” i mean.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 8:56 AM

heros…oh skip it, more coffee.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 8:56 AM

will cut and run in Iraq unless al-qaeda shows up, then he will re-invade

More likely, then he’ll turn Iraq over to al-Qaeda. He needs no complicated but/if/and/or rationale to celebrate our departure and their return.

You’re right, Baxter Greene, to enjoy poking holes through Obama’s ghost web of a platform. We don’t need the stale humor of MSM writers to get the joke Obama makes of himself.

maverick muse on May 27, 2008 at 8:57 AM

IMHO, you are sorta grasping here, friend. The word “fallen” is an adjective which he is using to describe the noun “fallen”.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 8:52 AM

By the reasoning on this thread you are now officially “clueless”, “pathetic”, etc. etc. You obviously meant to type “the noun ‘heroe’” but you typed “the noun ‘fallen’” which is a gaffe. In fact, it’s worse than Obama’s gaffe because it is typed and you could have easily proof read and corrected it, whereas when speaking once you say it, it’s out there.

It means nothing that I know what you meant. Not only is “fallen” not the noun that Obama used… it isn’t a noun at all. You officially do not know the English language.

See how absurd that is?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:58 AM

It’s just astonishing how much lattitude Obama is given in the media. Even assuming that they’re mostly in the tank you would think that once in a while these gross errors would be noticed and remarked upon.

But noooooooooooooooo………….

drjohn on May 27, 2008 at 8:59 AM

How many times have we heard those quotes repeated derisively by the Left? Turnabout is fair play.

rockmom on May 27, 2008 at 8:53 AM

That is some sad reasoning, my friend. Are we to replace the B in BDS with Barack and fall into our own absurdity?

I would rather not.

Just because lunatic Dems did it to Bush doesn’t mean I will do the same to Barack or any other Democrat.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM

fresh meat, holiday sale

maverick muse on May 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Does “12thman” buy his knee-pads at K-Mart, or Wal-Mart?

jes’ wonderin’

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 8:56 AM

If you mean my volleyball knee-pads I get them at Dick’s which is pretty ironic considering what you are implying.

I guess anyone who uses reasoning to understand what someone said is now giving oral sex to Obama?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:01 AM

drjohn on May 27, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Note well the EDIT job formerly known as journalistic reporting. Revise, revise, revise. Fabricate and disperse.

maverick muse on May 27, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Like Pelosi, Obama sticks to scripts, sometimes splices them together wrongly, and out comes nonsense.

ForNow on May 27, 2008 at 9:03 AM

I guess anyone who uses reasoning to understand what someone said is now giving oral sex to Obama?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Nah, you could be bent over for him too.

James on May 27, 2008 at 9:03 AM

So,Nominee besmirches the “Fallen,and American Sacrifices”!

Yet,he has no prior Military service,maybe not even as a
cub scout,or Eagle scout,but knows all and see’s all of
Military!

But then,he see’s the veterans as the fallen in the audience
So now we have,Hope,Change,Bitter,cling-ons,the bible and
guns,and he’s seeing apparition’s in the audience!

Sumpin ain’t right about this picture with Barack Obama!

canopfor on May 27, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Several of you are leaving out an important part of the quote.

Ed Morrissey on May 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Nah. You had that covered, so we went elsewhere, like Obama’s brain and mouth.

Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 9:05 AM

12thman,

You said it, not me.

Don’t put words in my mouth.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:06 AM

“GUESS” reasoning 9:01 should get off the lame horse.

maverick muse on May 27, 2008 at 9:07 AM

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM

Brush up on your English. His reference is to fallen heroes; and then he says he sees some of them. Ed has it exactly right – this is stupid and confusing rhetoric.

If you want to defend stupid and confusing rhetoric, the President has been speaking publicly non-stop for about 7 years, now. You should have plenty of material to work with.

Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 9:10 AM

I think you’re being a bit hard on Obama. Maybe they dug up a local graveyard to pack the audience, since there was no rock concert to boost attendence.

michaelo on May 27, 2008 at 9:10 AM

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Yeah, except i’m not running for president.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 9:11 AM

ForNow on May 27, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Ain’t it sweet, no effort on our part. Obama is the gift that just keeps on giving those antidotes from Ye Ol’ Curiosity Shoppe. No cut/splice required. Enjoy his feast at his own expense. Holiday sale, memory price cut 75%.

maverick muse on May 27, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Just because lunatic Dems did it to Bush doesn’t mean I will do the same to Barack or any other Democrat.

The MSM brainwashing has taken root well in this one. Purists are almost too easy.

drunyan8315 on May 27, 2008 at 9:13 AM

To me, it was poorly uttered. However, he had no business in using the word ‘patriotism’. he has no understanding of the word.

OldEnglish on May 27, 2008 at 9:14 AM

I guess anyone who uses reasoning to understand what
someone said is now giving oral sex to Obama?

12thman on May 27,2008 at 9:01AM.

12thman: Ding Ding,we have a winner,that would be Bill
Clinton,(Slick Willy)that would be up to that
task,he’s had experience in the Oval Office in
this sort of thing,oh and Bill would probably
supply a fine Cuban cigar at thee end,a hum jus
sayin! he he.

canopfor on May 27, 2008 at 9:14 AM

If this was Quayle, the press would have a field day.
*
We have an oil shortage and need to drill and refine? Look over here, see this bright dangling object called solar? Look how shiny it is, keep your eyes on it, look.
The oldest trick in the book for a hustler…

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Isn’t this the point, where Chris Matthews has a multiple orgasm?

I apologize, for putting that image on your brain

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:17 AM

You said it, not me.

Don’t put words in my mouth.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:06 AM

If you try to insult me, be man (or woman) enough to own up to it. Unless you can explain to me what else you meant by where do I buy my knee-pads.

Coward.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Chris Matthews has a multiple orgasm?

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:17 AM

I’m jealous!

OldEnglish on May 27, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Maybe by “fallen” he meant that they had tripped. It happens. More likely, Mr. Eloquence spat out a canned line about “fallen heroes” without even thinking about what that meant, then ad libbed something totally inconsitent with it. I mean, surely his speech writer didn’t insert “and I see many of them in the audience here today” into the speech before Obama had even delivered it, or before anyone had any dea who he would actually appear in the audience. Right?

Then again, maybe the Chicago joke was on the money. After all, if you really expect dead people to vote for you this November, the least you can do is invite them to a campaign event or two in the interim.

Xrlq on May 27, 2008 at 9:21 AM

drunyan8315 on May 27, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Huh? It was my parents and my church which taught me to do unto others as you would have them do unto you instead of do unto others as they have done unto you.

The MSM had nothing to do with it.

I would suggest you look into the mirror to find the one who has been brainwashed by the MSM to treat political opponents the way you are treating yours.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Are we to assume, that every time you get on your knees……..?

You said it…Not me.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Yeah, except i’m not running for president.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 9:11 AM

So let me make sure I understand your logic. If you make a gramatical mistake when you are not running for president, you are simply human.

If you make a gramatical mistake and you are running for president you are unpatriotic, pathetic, clueless and whatever else derision flows off the tounge?

Our nation has become so unserious and cynical.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:26 AM

I mean danm, they could at least hit up Wikipedia before they go out there on the stump:

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (in 2008 on May 26). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country.

Wow, that took me one second. Come on Obama, the Internet, it’s your friend.

Seixon on May 27, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Are we to assume, that every time you get on your knees……..?

You said it…Not me.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:23 AM

So explain to me what you mean then by where do I buy my knee-pads.

Are you really so much of a coward and so dishonest as to be incapable of owning up to a childish Internet insult?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Remember when the left accused the media of not asking the tough question of Bush before the runup to the invasion of Iraq?

I’m guessing Obama is the payback for the alledged trasngression.

swami on May 27, 2008 at 9:29 AM

…Turnabout is fair play.

rockmom on May 27, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Just because lunatic Dems did it to Bush doesn’t mean I will do the same to Barack or any other Democrat.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM

You miss the point, it isn’t “just because”, it is how the MSM and the liberals has established the rules. These are the rules of engagement. This is how they want to run the campaign.
It really began with Obama’s insistence of a “100 year war”, and the MSM’s complicity. That is how he wants the campaigns to be ran, so we are just complying.
BTW, anytime you began “deconstucting” a statement using rules of grammar, the presenter of that statement has lost. The idea is to communicate without forcing your supporters to carry a grammar book in your lap.

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Seems pretty straight forward to me, he sees many fallen heroes in the audience today.

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:26 AM

No, but what i say isn’t as significant as what he says…and when he does this, or his well paid handlers do this (i dont have any of those), it’s altogether fair game to call him on it. It’s not mean spirited or hypocritical.

Gotta go to work, have a good day, and yes, this guy should own what he implied about knee pads since you challenged him on it.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

You have a good day too, surrounded.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:32 AM

“Do not fear if the words of the Obamassiah are not at first clear, you need only to hear them and believe.”

12thman has learned his lessons well.

P’haps, he useth a prayer-rug?

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Obama campaign: Memorial Day is a day to honor the military and stuff, or whatever. It’s a day to wear a flag pin, unless that offends you, and uhh…a day not to have your patriotism questioned. The war is lost. Let’s hear it for the veterans and the soldiers in whatever uniforms those are supposed to be!

CP on May 27, 2008 at 9:38 AM

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

—Obambi on Memorial Day

I showed this to my wife last night, after seeing on Power Line, and we couldn’t stop laughing. This has got the be the funniest cropper of the endless campaign so far. Just imagine if Dan Quayle had said it—the MSM and late-night comics would be hounding him for months.

Want to bet they bury this one?

The “I see many of them in the audience here today” sentence was not in the written text. It was Obambi extemporizing, demonstrating the thoughtless, rote nature of his speeches. He delivers them well, but without conviction or meaning, and when he speaks extemporaneously betrays his basic ignorance of the subject matter.

In short, the guy is a lightweight with a nice voice. He would do well as a news anchor, so long as he had a script to read from.

Vis-a-vis the NRO article that Lockstein13 linked above (first post in this thread), you have to worry that this stooge may well be a Manchurian Candidate, a marionette with his strings pulled by the cabal of aging Marxist and Black Power radicals who have guided his rise in Chicago, Illinois, and now national politics.

And that isn’t funny at all.

MrLynn on May 27, 2008 at 9:39 AM

B.O. only says what the Voices tell him to say.
(Cue scary background music)

pilamaye on May 27, 2008 at 9:40 AM

The fallen heroes in the audience fainted while listening to Obama’s immortal words, after a thrill ran up their legs.
A person has to be heroic to endure this garbage!

Steve Z on May 27, 2008 at 9:42 AM

It became clear to me, a long time ago.

That Fallen Soldiers are nothing more than a political opportunity to those on the Left.

Do I question their patriotism?

There is no question.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Asking for Obama to understand our national holidays is like asking for a muslim to respect our flag. Oh wait . . .

RickZ on May 27, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Brush up on your English. His reference is to fallen heroes; and then he says he sees some of them. Ed has it exactly right – this is stupid and confusing rhetoric.
Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Exactly.

It doesn’t surprise me that it doesn’t occur to Barry the Harvard grad that Memorial Day is like a Memorial service, since Democrats think Memorial services are appropriately used for political grandstanding instead of being occasions to remember the dead (and right on cue, as Ed points out, Barry used this solemn day for dishonorable partisan electioneering).

It’s ironic that this vulgar breach of etiquette comes from a whiny elitist who calls quoting Michelle Obama’s anti-American rants in an ad “low class”

Anyhoo, Here’s a helpful website for you Barry. It’s kinda useful to know these things if one wants to be Commander In Chief.

Buy Danish on May 27, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Gotta go to work, have a good day, and yes, this guy should own what he implied about knee pads since you challenged him on it.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

As you can see, he hasn’t and won’t. franksalterego’s character is revealed here for all to see.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Give him a blonde wig and star Barry in “Clueless in Chicago“.

A shallow, smarmy, smug, stupid slug.

profitsbeard on May 27, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Gotta go to work, have a good day, and yes, this guy should own what he implied about knee pads since you challenged him on it.

surrounded on May 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Agreed.

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM

“Solar! There’s a lot of sun around here. I think we can use use it,”

Great! No energy for America on cloudy or calm days…and on sunny or windy days power will be available only at 4.5 times the cost (subject to drastic upward revision after a hurricane or tornado wipes out the first wind farm and a widespread hailstorm wipes out all the solar collectors in a large region)!!!

landlines on May 27, 2008 at 10:03 AM

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM

12thman made the assumption…Not me.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Just because lunatic Dems did it to Bush doesn’t mean I will do the same to Barack or any other Democrat.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM

If Obama were a democrat instead of a clueless radical that might make sense.

Viper1 on May 27, 2008 at 10:07 AM

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Pfft. Since I made the follow-up joke about bending over, I’ll own part of it.

James on May 27, 2008 at 10:13 AM

James on May 27, 2008 at 10:13 AM

If 12thman equates “on his knees” to “blow-job,” that’s his problem, not mine.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

C’mon, frank…we all know that wasn’t a sidelong reference to submission. You went there, now own up to it so you can enjoy it.

Otherwise, 12thman’s head will explode from the cognitive dissonance of focusing on what you said instead of what you meant as a means of focusing on what Obama meant as opposed to what he said.

James on May 27, 2008 at 10:25 AM

He’s just pandering for the “fallen hero” vote. I don’t think being dead disqualifies you for voting D.

2klbofun on May 27, 2008 at 10:25 AM

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

!2th man is wrong about O! but you began the fellatio implications, not him.

baldilocks on May 27, 2008 at 10:29 AM

If 12thman equates “on his knees” to “blow-job,” that’s his problem, not mine.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Right. Could be “Licking his boots.”

But really, this stuff is just a distraction; the initial remark was uncalled for.

When Captain Ed moved over here Hot Air, the reaction at Captain’s Quarters was, “Oh no; all you get over there are one-liners, snide remarks, and insults.” That’s not entirely true, but there are too many of them—at least, too many that aren’t funny.

12thman’s attempt to salvage Obambi’s revealing gaffe was so lame it really needed no help.

MrLynn on May 27, 2008 at 10:31 AM

baldilocks on May 27, 2008 at 10:29 AM

In all honesty, what I was “implying” was, that 12thman was kneeling at the alter of the Obamassiah.

That he took it one step farther, makes it even funnier.

P’haps, he’s telling on himself?

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM

as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today

The grammatical error is clear here: the dash works as an appositive, providing clarification and explanation for the term it proceeds; so, in this sense, ‘fallen heroes’ is modified by what follows it, in this case, ‘fallen heroes’ and ‘I see many of them today’ are linked.

Clearly, Obama made a mistake in speech, which isn’t a big deal in itself; the problem is that he routinely makes gaffes of this kind and the media turns a blind eye. If this were Bush, he’d be called an ‘ignorant fool’; if McCain, ‘his age is showing.’

What Ed and others are pointing out is the media double standard in its coverage of presidential candidates, directly tied to ‘gaffes’ that the MSM pointedly ignores in Obama’s case, while gleefully reporting it in others (McCain etc).

Richard Romano on May 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Obama screwed up our Honored Holiday’s meaning, because it means nothing to him, it’s just a three-day weekend, a paid holiday of some sort; he dam* sure did not reflect on the meaning while in church… can’t imagine what they say on Memorial Day at his church of 20yrs.

christophercube on May 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Clearly, Obama made a mistake in speech, which isn’t a big deal in itself; the problem is that he routinely makes gaffes of this kind and the media turns a blind eye. If this were Bush, he’d be called an ‘ignorant fool’; if McCain, ‘his age is showing.’

Richard Romano on May 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Does he get points for PahKeeStahn?

JiangxiDad on May 27, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Independence Day is the day our nation ahs set aside to honor the movie of the same name.

Akzed on May 27, 2008 at 10:52 AM

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NTNkNTU5MjE2MjUwNmQ2MWQ3YWRlYjhmNzQ4OTQyOGU=

Lockstein13 on May 27, 2008 at 8:07 AM

That was excellent!

“Even a young guy like Barack can’t revive the dead horse of socialism. Or can he?”

I sure hope not, but my conversation with my son’s gf’s Icelandic mother the other day gave me serious pause.

Connie on May 27, 2008 at 10:53 AM

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

You’re killin’ me.

Jaibones on May 27, 2008 at 10:58 AM

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM

12thman made the assumption…Not me.

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Don’t be coy. That is the sign of a child poster. “it was his assumption”, I can hear the whine across the country.
But now you have created a new storyline about kneeling at the alter, now you are stuck with the new “line”.

You cain’t pray a lie.
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 11:02 AM

It appears to me that B.O. was the victim of his own slickster panderifficness.

Xlrq is right. Obama saw an opportunity to slip in a pander to the vets present at the speech, and flubbed it with his ad-libbed “many of them (fallen heroes) in the audience here today”.

Sure, a simple grammatical error, but it highlights the fact that B.O. is just another gussied-up pol who will say anything to play to the audience at hand.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Don’t be coy.
right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Yes,

I shall update my dictionary, to include the definition of Knee-Pads, to Oral Sex.

heh,heh,heh

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I think you’re being a bit hard on Obama. Maybe they dug up a local graveyard to pack the audience, since there was no rock concert to boost attendence.

michaelo on May 27, 2008 at 9:10 AM

heh.

funky chicken on May 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Great piece Ed! FYI, upon reading PowerLine’s post on the subject last night, I uploaded a “I see dead people” Photoshop.

Exurban Jon on May 27, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Knee-Pads (nē’pād’s) n. A pair of protective devices, worn on the hinges between the upper and lower legs, when servicing the Obamassiah.

Done

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Maybe it is. So which do you believe:

1- He was seeing dead people

2- He had no clue who we honor on Memorial Day, even though he just said we honor our fallen heroes, or…

3- The hyphenated phrase was refering to heroes and “we”, on the right, are dishonestly using this to further a meme?

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM

4- Obama just reads what is put in front of him by one of his speech writers. He doesn’t think about it.

This is reflective of what we will see with Obama’s administration. Kind of like the visual of the Verison Network commercial where there is a group of specialists who follow around the person with the Verison cell phone.

Obama has no experience to be the chief executive of the most powerful county in the world much less the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military. It’s scary to think about who all is going to be in that network running this country. The naiveté of his followers is frightening.

It’s becoming clearer and clearer with the ‘without preconditions’ position now being backed into “with preparations” and now backed into “meeting with low-level representatives”. This is an example of Obama’s senior foreign policy advisor having to now put some meat to the bone and realizing how immature her understanding was when dealing with those who threaten our national security.

Plain and simple, Obama’s Memorial Day speech was an example of the sock puppet that wants to be President.

Texas Gal on May 27, 2008 at 11:33 AM

I shall update my dictionary, to include the definition of Knee-Pads, to Oral Sex.

heh,heh,heh

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 11:16 AM

No, don’t do that, you have shown what kind of “man” you are. All of the snarky comments, can’t erase what you were implying and now are running from.
And once again, your “coy” comment about changing the definition…a mark of desperation. I always wonder whether people who post like that, actually believe what they write,or they are just so determined to be right that they will say anything.
Read this again, I think you missed the point of the quote:

You cain’t pray a lie.
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Plain and simple, Obama’s Memorial Day speech was an example of the sock puppet that wants to be President.

Texas Gal on May 27, 2008 at 11:33 AM

That was direct and to the point…

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Knee-Pads (nē’pād’s) n. A pair of protective devices, worn on the hinges between the upper and lower legs, when servicing the Obamassiah.
–franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

…Or, laying floor tiles

franksalterego on May 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

4- Obama just reads what is put in front of him by one of his speech writers. He doesn’t think about it.

Texas Gal on May 27, 2008 at 11:33 AM

The hyphenated phrase wasn’t part of his written remarks. He added it after seeing throngs of (living) veterans gathered to observe Memorial Day.

So, what happened here is actually completely contrary to just reading what was put in front of him.

12thman on May 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Great piece Ed! FYI, upon reading PowerLine’s post on the subject last night, I uploaded a “I see dead people” Photoshop.

Exurban Jon on May 27, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Like I posted on the other string. Veterans actually do see dead people. Real veterans, think and remember the many comrades that were lost. When they go to these memorial service, most of us are honoring the fallen, but the veterans see the fallen. They see their friends in spirit that were lost, and as they look and listen to the empty rhetoric of people like Barack, they are seeing the faces of their cherished ones…and maybe thinking, why not me?
But a person like Barack, will never see the faces of the ones chosen to defend and give their lives for his freedom to whine about the course of American history.

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 11:45 AM

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