Video: Obama salutes Navy “corpse-man”

posted at 5:20 pm on February 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

A ticky-tack mistake, but then so was Bush’s pronunciation of “nuclear” and the left had fun with that. As always with this sort of gaffe, it resonates to the extent that it appears to confirm a suspicion about the person that uttered it. Bush was supposedly a dummy, ergo “nu-cu-lar” caught on; Martha Coakley was out of touch with voters, ergo the Curt Schilling thing had legs; The One is a dovish Ivory Tower egghead with no military background, ergo we’ve gotten half a dozen e-mails about this in the past few hours. Look on the bright side, though: At least he’s trying.

I can’t believe that a guy with a Harvard Law degree wouldn’t know how to pronounce “corps,” so I’m guessing some dumb staffer in charge of TOTUS decided to try to “help him out” by typing the phonetic pronunciation — incorrectly — into the machine. And in true Ron Burgundy fashion, O read it as is right off the ‘prompter. You stay classy, Navy corpse-men! Click the image to watch.

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This is what happens when you rely on TOTUS too much.

darkpixel on February 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM

hahahahahahahaha………….

jbh45 on February 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Where are our Navy guys? Cookie, Romeo, … others? I wanna see some blood on the WH floor.

upinak on February 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

He needs a “Hooked On Phonics” teleprompter. This wound up the Husband pretty good this morning, he called me at work to tell me about it.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

This is not the TOTUS I used to know.

BobMbx on February 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

the right can have fun with this…i wouldn’t blame totus on this one..this is all dear leader

cmsinaz on February 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The nuclear pronunciation is a regional thing.

Corps as corpse?? That’s an educational thing.

Surely even an anti-military Lefty has at least heard of esprit de corps?

I really, really want to see those transcripts.

INC on February 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

wheres the thread on Palin calling Rush limbaughs remarks crude and demeaning?

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

No, it was a freudian slip for what we are after Ocare passes…

“We’re all corpses now!”

BTW, I heard one of the talk show guys (Medved?) the other day saying that Bush was tweaking the media with his nu-cul-ar. That in private, he pronounced it correctly, but publicly always mispronounced it.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Harvard degree?

bhawknine on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Ah, good times.

myrenovations on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Navy Corpsmen have received more Medals of Honor than any other rating in the entire military. You’d think that the CiC would be able to get that one right.

Troika37 on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

SLOW LEARNER

lm10001 on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

No ROTC on Harvard campus?

Drop and give me 20, Obama!

jamie gumm on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Maybe he was talking about zombie sailors?

HuskerNate on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Twice…. Geez.

If only his ‘typical white woman’ grandmother had made him watch Sands of Iwo Jima as a kid, he’d know how to pronounce it…

POTUS and TOTUS operator have a blind spot for military affairs.

darkpixel on February 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Wait till we get “Co-lo-nel” instead of “kernel”.

Co-lo-nel Braddock

BobMbx on February 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

So this is the super mega unprecedented genius everyone has been so gaga about for the last few years ?
And he is the CinC

macncheez on February 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

You can always tell a Harvard man.

Emperor Norton on February 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

There are many military terms that are unfamiliar to this POTUS…but it’s worse when his chin is so high that he is looking at the ceiling…

d1carter on February 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

So, would he call the Marine Corp, the Marine Corpse? Just askin’.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I don’t care who said it, that’s funny right there!!!

deidre on February 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Heh

“Keep it Classy, San Diego!”

Seriously not a big deal, but it does make you wonder how much he goes over these things before speaking straight from TOTUS.

BakerAllie on February 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

so I’m guessing some dumb staffer in charge of TOTUS decided to try to “help him out” by typing the phonetic pronunciation

Nah, he just feels like a presidential ‘corpse’ and it was Freudian.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

You can always tell a Harvard man.

Emperor Norton on February 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Yeah… But you can’t tell him much!!

darkpixel on February 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Remember this is the man that had to be taught how to salute-so this is typical—Oh & where was the bow??

Ladywolfnl on February 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I can’t believe that a guy with a Harvard Law degree wouldn’t know how to pronounce “corps,”

Just another clear, blaring indication of how The Precedent has not an ounce of American sensibilities about him. But, you go on in total denial, allah. It suits you.

neurosculptor on February 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I thought it was a zombie reference.

brobin on February 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Ladywolfnl on February 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

you got that right

cmsinaz on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

TOTUS Failure.

TheBigOldDog on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Well, he DOES see dead people, you know.

“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…”

Daggett on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

At least Bush had his Texas accent to blame.

What’s your excuse, Mr. President?

Perhaps Barry needs to get to know the people he is sending into harm’s way and the jobs they do…

NavyMustang on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Can we use the “r” word yet?

nico on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Is it too early for TOTUS recall?

macncheez on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

TOTUS, you rascally devil.

patriette on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Actually, I think he is a dummy in so many regards. The university programs taught him ideas but didn’t make him erudite.

And Michelle Obama definitely speaks like a dummy. The commercials on Haiti, her interview with Matt L…made my ears explode.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

A horse is a corpse, of corpse, of corpse.

Parley on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

HuskerNate on February 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

That’s what I was thinking. I think he let the cat out of the bag. I think we have a new secret weapon: zombie sailors. I hear we just sail up places and then the Captain says to his Igor, er, XO: Deploy the corpse-men! And then an eerie green fog issues forth from the ship and the corpse-men shamble forth to do the REALLY dirty work.

austinnelly on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I’m betting it was typed as corps, and he still read it as corpse. LOL He relies waaaaaaaaaaay to much on that thing, and it’s become very apparent in previous months, this is not the genious some think he is. LMAO!!!

Smartest president ever indeed. LMAO!!!

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

As a former Navy Bos’n Mate, Mr. President, let me give you a clue: It’s “Bosuns Mate” not “Boat Swains Mate”.

Now my Dad, he was in the Marine Corpse.

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

TOTUS Failure.

TheBigOldDog on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

When is TOTUS’s second suicide attempt? The wager rages on!

upinak on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

But Zero’s pronunciation of Marxist dialectical materialism is superb.

Cicero43 on February 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

The Precedent had a similar mispronunciation like this before with another word straight out of American Culture 101. Does anyone remember what it was? Back in the campaign, I think.

neurosculptor on February 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

A horse is a corpse, of corpse, of corpse.

Parley on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Obama sees dead people.

cubachi on February 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Maybe he was talking about his health care bill…it’s just a corpse.

BTW, anyone else get whiplash watching his head swivel from TOTUS to TOTUS…

right2bright on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Now my Dad, he was in the Marine Corpse.

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

ROFLMAO!!! Same with my dad.

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Oh yeah, forgot:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

This is dispicable but it goes right along with his pronunciation of o-ree-on instead of O-ry-on. Someone who is supposed to be smart he steps on it on a regular basis.

thomasaur on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

But have you seen how awsome his pronunciation of Paakeestaan and thaalibaan is ?

macncheez on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

“I’m Robama Burgendy. Go fack yourself, America!”

Abby Adams on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

…need to translate BO’s speaches into phonics:
Corpsman = Core-man.

Hooked on phonics, man!

LEBA on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

The Precedent bought American Cultural Offsets with his fundamentalist pronunciation of Pah-kee-stahn.

neurosculptor on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

It could have been worse. He could have been talking about a “leff-tenant” or a colonel.

YYZ on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

We called them DOCS in the Marines.

Just imagine what could have happened if he ****** that term up.

Wait, I think I just provided an example.

TiminPhx on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I can’t believe that a guy with a Harvard Law degree wouldn’t know how to pronounce “corps”

Affirmative Action.

Andy in Agoura Hills on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Oh keep going.. I am waiting on the Army re-re-distribution of words and phrases. He is picking on the navy first!

upinak on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

My friend the former Navy “corpse-man” is probably amused as Hell. I’ll call him tonight and ask.

Sekhmet on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Whatta perfectionist we have as our dear president…

It’s times like these that his pant creases shine!

Abby Adams on February 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

macncheez on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

You beat me to it.

neurosculptor on February 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

But Obama knows how to pronounce “Blagojevich.”

Emperor Norton on February 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Goodnight, and F*** You Sacramento…..

portlandon on February 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Lay off. He was reading from a teleprompter. Of corpse he was a little stiff. He thought they were there to worship him.

kingsjester on February 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

My dad was an old tanker. Used to drive him crazy when people said “calvary” for cavalry.

entropent on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Upon further reflection, I blame the Demonsheep for eating TOTUS’s soul.

darkpixel on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I want to hear PBHO say “sword” or “awry” or “Pterodactyl”.

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

huked on teleprawmpter werks fer Obama.

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

He doesn’t call it the White House corpse… This is on purpose–he despises the military.

Enoxo on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

“Corpse-man”?

I guess in addition to dumping DADT, the President is going to try to encourage necrophiliacs to enlist.

malclave on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Forget Harvard. The man is the Commander in Chief.
How embarrassing.

bridgetown on February 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I could see people being offended actually. Calling healers “Corpsemen”? I think only an injured Sailor or Marine could get away with that, and even then only laughing through the pain.

JusDreamin on February 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I can’t believe that a guy with a Harvard Law degree wouldn’t know how to pronounce “corps”

elitist

runner on February 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

::facepalm::

ernesto on February 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

“You stay classy, San Diego,”

“Go f*** yourself, San Diego.”

Obama = Ron Burgandy!!!

portlandon on February 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Time for a coop d’etat.

ziggyville on February 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

The other gaffe in the video was his french pronunciation of the United States. Etat Unis, which is also Haitian Creole as well.

milemarker2020 on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

I can’t believe that a guy with a Harvard Law degree wouldn’t know how to pronounce “corps”

Affirmative Action.

Andy in Agoura Hills on February 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

This.

Just show us the grades.

tetriskid on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Where’s all the trolls saying how smart Obama is and how dumb Palin is?

TOTUS = POTUS = EPIC. FAIL.

davek70 on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Enoxo on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Yes, just how does he pronounce the phrase, White House press corps?

INC on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

who cares.

yawn.

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Stupid, ignorant, asinine, toolbox, no nothing, brainless, simpleton, dense, half-witted, crackbrained, foolish, moronic, childish, unwise, boneheaded, screwup.
Flippin dumb ass.

HornetSting on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Ticky-tacky…?!?!?

I dunno about anybody else, but my admiration for Navy Corpsman is pretty much limitless. Talk about gutsy!

Ragspierre on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Heck I would love to hear him say “I Resign”

Ladywolfnl on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Affirmative Action in action. Must not have learned much @ Occidental College.

BHO Jonestown on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

who cares.

yawn.

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Who did you meat to get in here, dum dum?

HornetSting on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

TOTUS isn’t working out, Barry. Time to start lip syncing speeches.

Joe Caps on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Wonder what the dying press corpse will say?

chaswv on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Oscar was right!

funky chicken on February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Who did you meat to get in here, dum dum?

huh?

try to make some sense, will ya?

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

You don`t, so leave the thread then.

Maybe O thinks they`re the guys who carry off deceased sailors.

ThePrez on February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

who cares.

yawn.

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

keep posting on this thread – to show everybody how much you don’t care, precious

runner on February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

who cares.

yawn.

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Obviously you do, or you wouldn’t be here, or even post. lol

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

He says it twice so it’s not just “I miss spoke” thing.
Really? WTF? REALLY!!?

Sefton on February 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

who cares.

yawn.

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Hellllo Ellie Light

macncheez on February 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Stupid, ignorant, asinine, toolbox, no nothing, brainless, simpleton, dense, half-witted, crackbrained, foolish, moronic, childish, unwise, boneheaded, screwup.
Flippin dumb ass.

HornetSting on February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

And those are the NICEST things about him.

Daggett on February 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Yes, just how does he pronounce the phrase, White House press corps?

INC on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

The Precedent didn’t realize that the “corps” instances were the same words in both phrases. That’s not the way his mind works, as minimally as it does work.

neurosculptor on February 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Who did you meat to get in here, dum dum?
huh?

try to make some sense, will ya?

Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Don’t PLAY stupid, dum dum…your posts already SCREAM ignorant.
We all know who you are, Dum Dum.

HornetSting on February 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

who cares.
yawn.
Palin Steele on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

You did, when Bush said “strategery”.

Now you don’t care. Curious.

Bishop on February 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Now I question the teaching methods, and standards of Obama’s private schools he attended, and all the colleges he attended. Obviously the system failed him somewhere along the road to education. LOL

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

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