Historians agree: Palin was right about Revere

posted at 9:25 am on June 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

One if by land, and two if by sea … and then what?  According to historians interviewed by the Boston Herald, Paul Revere then warned the British not to challenge a roused and armed populace.  That came as news to many observers who had rushed to criticize Sarah Palin for her response to a gotcha question at the Old North Church:

Sarah Palin yesterday insisted her claim at the Old North Church last week that Paul Revere “warned the British” during his famed 1775 ride — remarks that Democrats and the media roundly ridiculed — is actually historically accurate. And local historians are backing her up.

Palin prompted howls of partisan derision when she said on Boston’s Freedom Trail that Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.”

The first to dispute Palin’s critics was … Paul Revere himself.  In his own account of the ride, written twenty-three years later, Revere recounts how the British captured him, and how he attempted to dissuade the British from advancing.  Revere warned that he had roused the local militias and that there would soon be 500 or more armed citizens coming together to repel the British.

A Boston University history professor told the Herald that Revere did indeed warn the British as well as the Americans earlier in his ride:

Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.”

Of course, Revere wasn’t planning on getting captured.  He and others riding to the alarm (William Dawes and Samuel Prescott) wanted to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British action first, and rouse the militia second.  Dawes and Prescott managed to elude the British and complete the mission, but Revere was captured.  Furthermore, his warnings sufficiently rattled the British that they let him go — but without his horse.  He returned on foot to Lexington, where he managed to hide a trunk with Hancock’s letters to keep it from being captured, but missed the battle.

Andrew Malcolm notes the “faux gaffe” and gives a history of such in the media:

This phenomenon is actually not a new one in American politics, although its immediate spread is obviously hastened by the Internet. Speaking of which, Al Gore did not invent it. Nor did he claim to, as often as you’ve heard otherwise.

In 1999, the hapless former journalist, who should have known to make a better word choice, told CNN that in Congress he “took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

Democrat Gore never used the word “invented.” That was part of another willful misinterpretation that fit expectations of Gore’s boasts and was gleefully spread by opponents as further proof of his unseemly hubris. It lives on to this day.

Perhaps you remember how one day during a photo op President George H.W. Bush was overheard asking a store checkout clerk how this price scanner thing worked?

That quote was immediately transmitted as proof of how disconnected that Republican chief executive was, that he had no knowledge of something as ordinary as a checkout scanner.

The fact is, asking such inane and often obvious questions as “what are you doing here?” is a bipartisan ploy used by politicians to fill the awkward time void they are hanging around someone working while photographers snap their photos several hundred times.

Frankly, I had forgotten much of the history of Revere’s ride until this incident, and I had to look it up for myself to recall what Palin meant by her response.  Tom Burnam covered it succinctly and accurately in his indispensable Dictionary of Misinformation, a book I have had on my shelf for more than 30 years.  If all people know of Revere is Longfellow’s poem, which is what the reaction to Palin’s remarks seem to show, then they know far less than they think.

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The professors are correct in that Revere warned the British after he was capture. But Palin’s statement and her defense of it make it clear that she believes Revere’s RIDE was meant to warn the British. It was not. In fact, they took measures so that the British would not be altered to his warning of the colonists.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

LOL LOL LOL

Twist the facts much!!!

idesign on June 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Did you know about that part of the story before Palin discussed it?

And answer this question also:

Did you know there were 57 states before Obama said it?

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Too funny, just switched to msdnc….if you’ve got one lib journalist saying she was right and one lib pundit saying she is flat out wrong….the pundits CANNOT admit when they get something wrong

cmsinaz on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM

ramrants has lost her job due to people like Obama. She has a right to be leary ofpolitical anything, especially after what I have read what she went through.

No one is perfect. Everyone fumbles the ball. She has back up Palin a number of times.

Maybe you weren’t around then.

upinak on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Dude, why don’t you debate the matter at hand instead of throwing out non sequiturs. I’ll ask you… do you believe Palin’s account of Revere’s ride and her defense of it to Wallace) are factually correct?

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Dude, is this really about “facts”, or is it just more hope that you’ll finally get some meme that blows Palin away once and for all? Yeah, she was essentially correct, at least correct enough for someone who’s not a friggin’ history professor.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Did you know about that part of the story before Palin discussed it?

Nope. Neither did Palin.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

“I suppose you could say that,” Leehey said. “But I don’t know if that’s really what Mrs. Palin was referring to.”

McConville said he also is not convinced that Palin’s remarks reflect scholarship.

“I would call her lucky in her comments,” McConville said.

Duh. The “uh’s” and “um’s” kinda gave that away.

“He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.”

That’s not even coherent. “Send those warning shots and bells”?

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

OK, lets analyze this:
Sarah Palin answers a history question factual, even though she stumbles over the words. She’s surrounded by a crowd, signing autographs, and is quite distracted. Result? The media makes her out to be an idiot that doesn’t know her history even though historians states she’s right.
Now…
Barack Obama gives an immigration speech and while reading a teleprompter he gives a revisionist history on the Statue of Liberty and Emma Lazarus. Result? He’s considered an inspirational speaker by the media.
The moral of this story is:
He doesn’t need to worry about recovering from his gaffes when you have the Ministry of Information (MSM) in his pocket.

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

BINGO!

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I know more about your history than 50% of your population. And that’s truly pathetic.

Dave Rywall on June 6, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Well, I know nothing about your pathetic little nation’s history. But if I make it through the History of Botswana, I’ll look it up.

thuja on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

LOL! Revere didn’t ride with bells to warn the Brits not to take our guns, which is exactly what Palin said he did.

This spin is unreal.

She was right about him warning the Brits, but the way she said it was not accurate at all.

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

The media’s and the left’s argument is Revere never warned the British at all. So, now that you all are proven wrong you’re going to worry about bells? Seriously?

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Nope. Neither did Palin.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Your attempt at being glib falls flat as your answer doesn’t make sense.

Answer my other question:

Did you know there were 57 states before Obama said it?

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I don’t think most people worry about what the liberal media says about Sarah at all. We all know they are totally biased and would say ANYTHING to keep her out of the race for the White House.
The cool part about it is that the country has become so de-sensitized to the media bias that even if Sarah did something horrible and the media reported it, we would no longer believe it. It’s like the boy who cried wolf.

SgtRed on June 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Ramrants said: “I still say she muddle the explanation…which I think is part of her problem. Even when she does get information correct, the way she presents information makes it appear that she is wrong. You have to actually analyze and revisit what she says in order to try and figure out what she is actually saying. If she would speak in a more coherent manner, this wouldn’t be a problem.”
———————————————————
ramrants, did you happen to see the video or just hear it on audio? You say she “muddled” to answer. Did you happen to notice the noisy surroundings or the fact that she was clearly distracted by the goings on? Yet, she still got it right. I don’t think you’re interested in giving the woman some credit without qualifications.

princetrumpet on June 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

ramrants has lost her job due to people like Obama. She has a right to be leary ofpolitical anything, especially after what I have read what she went through.

upinak on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Nitpicking Palin isn’t going to help any.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Dude, quit while you’re behind.

JeffWeimer on June 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM

It doesn’t matter right? If Revere can shoot his gun and ring bells while riding his horse, then what does spelling have to do with anything?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Dave Rywall is an excellent troll.
Seriously.

justltl on June 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

a President can be a complete moral sewer, hate America, and manifest the most totalitarian impulses imaginable, but God help them if they happen to get a tiny detail of history wrong in a public appearance.

philwynk on June 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM

The country is more in need of someone to operate the executive office with their ability, not their personal moral lessons.

dedalus on June 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM

What’s scary is that there’s a small part of this country who think a person like Palin–someone who would distort history rather than admit she made a mistake–is suitable for the presidency.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Name the number of times Obama has admitted a mistake. Go ahead, take your time, we’ll wait.

He has insisted that the U.S. is one of the largest Muslim nations in the world, that Americans invented the automobile, and so many other factually incorrect statements that it boggles the mind, but he’s never admitted to being wrong.

But being a Democrat, especially a black Democrat, means never having to say you’re sorry (or wrong) about anything, right Tommy?

AZCoyote on June 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM

“The Boston Herald” Not exactly

a conservative paper – the only ones with cahonees to rain on the LSM dunce parade. A LIBERAL PAPER:

Nice try, except the Herald is a conservative paper.

YYZ on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

She was right about him warning the Brits, but the way she said it was not accurate at all.

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

LOL…”Right but inaccurate!!!” The spin is unbelievable.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Nitpicking Palin isn’t going to help any.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

And it won’t hurt overall, will it?

It isn’t like Palin hasn’t been thorugh much worse, that the Revere story.

upinak on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

BINGO!

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Now, we could insert anyone else in place of Palin, same distracting situation, same words … they would be labeled as a god of history.

Anything Palin says or does will be attacked.

darwin on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Maybe Sarah can tell us about the Santa Clause Trail?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Nope. Neither did Palin.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Wow, you’re ignorant and telepathic. Dude

darclon on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Or the planes Indians?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

The country is more in need of someone to operate the executive office with their ability, not their personal moral lessons.

dedalus on June 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Mussolini or Hitler would be just the ones you’d need in that case.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Maybe Sarah can tell us about the Santa Clause Trail?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

LOL. Nice job there LOUIS.

darclon on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

No. She was WRONG. She said that Revere rode to warn the British by ringing those bells…

Since she said that, professors have pointed out that AFTER his ride, when Revere was captured, he warned the British that colonial forces had gathered. But, in Palin’s version, his ride was meant to warn the British (by ringing bells and firing off his pistol) that we were gather forces.

That was not the intent of the ride. The intent of the ride was to warn american patriots that the british troops were coming and how they were coming through lighting lamps.

Again, watch the clip and it’s obvious she just misspoke because she can’t think on her feet. She was just throwing words she associated with Paul Revere out there in hopes it made some sort of sense. It didn’t.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Or the planes Indians?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

plains indians don’t just flap their arms and fly.

upinak on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Maybe Sarah can tell us about the Santa Clause Trail?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Or maybe Louis and Clark. You’ve already beclowned yourself.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Maybe Sarah can tell us about the Santa Clause Trail?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Is Tim Allen putting out a fourth movie?

powerpro on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Which do you believe is more important for a president, being definitive on the minutiae of a single historical event, or understanding a P/E ratio?

mankai on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Look how Yahoo has their stories lined up. After Historians back Palin up, they’re STILL putting a report that she flubbed over that.

Top Stories
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capejasmine on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

LOL. Nice job there LOUIS.

darclon on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Hahahaha…..

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

The professors are correct in that Revere warned the British after he was capture. But Palin’s statement and her defense of it make it clear that she believes Revere’s RIDE was meant to warn the British. It was not. In fact, they took measures so that the British would not be altered to his warning of the colonists.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

She was right about him warning the Brits, but the way she said it was not accurate at all.

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

B-b-b-but she was really thinking about Paul Revere & The Raiders, and was thinking about the song “Indian Reservation” instead of Paul Revere’s famous ride and, and, and arrrrgggghhhhhh !!!!

Damn drama queen !!!

Jerome Horwitz on June 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I think I pretty much proved my point on page one of this thread

Jerome Horwitz on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I love how even when she gets something right, people just assume it was by accident. The woman had taken a tour of Paul Revere’s home that day. Of course she picked up some minutiae.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Did you know there were 57 states before Obama said it?

I don’t remember Obama going on Chris Matthews afterward and claiming that, you know, he didn’t mess up and in fact there ARE 57 states.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Again, watch the clip and it’s obvious she just misspoke because she can’t think on her feet.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I’m wondering though, is that the same reason Obama said “profit and earnings ratio”?

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

the more things change the more they stay the same…

unseen on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Too funny, just switched to msdnc….if you’ve got one lib journalist saying she was right and one lib pundit saying she is flat out wrong….the pundits CANNOT admit when they get something wrong

cmsinaz on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I watched it! The guy is a beltway rino pundit, but it was funny to watch.
He explained that Palin was correct, but the black female lib commentator just kept getting all wee weed up. LOL

idesign on June 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Hold your breath until you’re blue and then jump up and down, stamping your feet, when you say that, and maybe someone will pay attention to you.

kingsjester on June 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

darclon on June 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

In another thread it claimed it was from Idaho LOL! It went to an evangelical retreat, where everyone told it, that they didn’t like Sarah Palin. When asked what kind of evangelicals they were? It replied, Non Denominational Christian. Oh and it complained about commenter’s “hurting” other people who replied to it’s assertions about Sarah Palin…it claimed “it’s a dude” It has a history of trolling Huffington Post. No it’s not bright and it’s not good at keeping it’s trolling straight…..Is it a Mittwitt? Who knows it just likes to play victim and get trolling points for being attacked by other commenter’s. Purpose: look how “mean” all the people who comment on Hot Air are…..to which I reply “If you can’t play with the big dogs, leave your puppy a$$ on the porch” Oh and it will sockpuppet Sheryl and Petunia so who knows if it isn’t trolling under different sign ons.

Do you suppose someone from Idaho where part of the Lewis & Clark Trail is located that it’s not Louis but Lewis?

Dr Evil on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I don’t remember Obama going on Chris Matthews afterward and claiming that, you know, he didn’t mess up and in fact there ARE 57 states.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

The O-bots did that. “Well, there actually are territories that add up to 57 total…”

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Did you know there were 57 states before Obama said it?

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

No. I’m still documenting the additional ones, and drawing them onto my wall map. So far I the state of Confusion, the state of Despair, the state of Apathy, the state of Corruption and the state of Incompetence.

What am I missing?

TugboatPhil on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

@ csdeven and Tom_Shipley

Palin was right–in all 57 states. Obama would bet his Muslim faith on it.

ElectricPhase on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Or the planes Indians?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

???

darwin on June 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

The media’s and the left’s argument is Revere never warned the British at all. So, now that you all are proven wrong you’re going to worry about bells? Seriously?

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Read this and you’ll understand why I’m laughing at the spin.

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Aye, as we wait with bated breath for your dissertaion on the Planes Indians.

darwin on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

What’s scary is that there’s a small part of this country who think a person like Palin–someone who would distort history rather than admit she made a mistake–is suitable for the presidency.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Obama does it every frickin day! Keep trying though. It’s quite entertaining to watch an idiot support an idiot.

capejasmine on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

O-bot or Rombot?

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

TugboatPhil on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

The state of Denial.

That’s where all the Democratic pundits who are predicting Obama’s re-election live.

AZCoyote on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I know more about your history than 50% of your population. And that’s truly pathetic.

Dave Rywall on June 6, 2011

So what? For whatever reason you study America more than many or even most Americans. But if Leno or someone else trolled around Vancouver asking similar basic questions regarding Canada’s form of government, whose in succession if Harper dies, etc., they would look just as dumb and ignorant.

Generally people don’t bone up on their country’s history (or other countries) so they can be annoying trolls on blogs…like you apparently.

JonPrichard on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Good lord, what a waste of time. I’d much rather hear about the issue. This was a throwaway comment molehill-turned-mountain.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

*the issues

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Sorry to disappoint you, but her statement is quite accurate. Revere DID encounter British officers and inform them colonists would be waiting for them in language similar to that Palin used.

Adjoran on June 4, 2011 at 5:47 AM

The incident as recounted by Revere is described in this article.

unclesmrgol on June 6, 2011 at 1:55 AM

unclesmrgol on June 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

You ain’t helping yourself Sparky.

idesign on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Good lord, what a waste of time. I’d much rather hear about the issue. This was a throwaway comment molehill-turned-mountain.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Ding ding ding!

We have a winner. You are absolutely correct.

darwin on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I’ll ask again. What was the “gotcha” question that led to Palin’s Paul Revere comments?

YYZ on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

That’s where all the Democratic pundits who are predicting Obama’s re-election live.

AZCoyote on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

The same people said Carter was a shoo-in!

ROFLMAO!!!!

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

What’s scary is that there’s a small part of this country who think a person like PalinObama–someone who would distort history rather than admit sheHe made a mistake–is suitable for the presidency.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

This coming from the same Obama supporters that bragged day in a day out about how “smart” he was and how he had “the greatest administration evaaaaaaaaaa”.
I am sure in your bubble this is an example of “intelligence”:

Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”


Obama can’t even address a room with 10 people in it without his teleprompter.

This isn’t a press conference, a speech, or even a White House briefing. It’s a committee meeting. As Rich said, people used to poke fun at Reagan’s notecards. Either he needs this much help to get through opening remarks in a normal business meeting, or he’s become a little to attached to the TOTUS … and neither option makes him look very professional.

Obama:
Businesses will hire if they can get loans to cover payroll

Let me put it this way.  Most small businesses, right now — if they’ve got enough customers to make a profit and they can get the bank loans required to boost their payroll, boost their inventory and sell to the customers, they will do so, OK?


….what an economic genius…..I mean what busines doesn’t take care of it’s payroll through business loans…


Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people:

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.


Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography:

“Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.”

On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?

Obama:
“My Health Care Bill is going to save you 3000% on your premiums.”

Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by homing in on a lack of translators:

“We only have a certain number of them, and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.” The real reason it’s “harder for us to use them” in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish.

The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or other non-Arabic languages.


And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us” — cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm

“What you’re now seeing is a profit and earnings ratios get to the point that buying stocks is a good thing if you have a long-term perspective on it,” he said to reporters after meeting in the Oval Office with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


Shouldn’t a President of the US know that “P/E Ratio” means “price-to-earnings ratio,” not “profit and earnings ratio?” There is a difference.


Obama still thinks it’s 2008……..


…Yes Obama is so dam# smart he can’t even count:

“Of the many responsibilities granted to a president by our Constitution, few are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court justice. The members of our highest court are granted life tenure, often serving long after the presidents who appointed them. And they are charged with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than 20 centuries ago to some of the most difficult questions of our time.

“Student Of History” Obama Fumbles Japanese Surrender

“I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory,’ because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur,” Obama told ABC News.

Hirohito was not even there……

Beware Obama’s Bearing Gifts
Gordon Brown has been given a collection of 25 classic American films on DVD as his official gift from Barack Obama.
…and to compound the problem….they were the wrong format…could not even work in Britain.

Barack Obama told French newspaper Le Monde that the US has so many Muslims, it would be one of the largest Muslim nations in the world, if we counted the US in that group:

And finally — this is important — we will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies — (applause) — because there’s no reason we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end.


Does that “make sense”?  Only if you flunked medical school.  Colonoscopies don’t detect prostate cancer; they give an early warning of colon cancer. 


Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement:

“There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.”

Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil-rights movement as a whole.”


Obama, a former senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, cited “that principle of habeas corpus,

that a state can’t just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process — that’s the essence of who we are. I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities that no one had ever seen before, we still gave them a day in court and that taught the entire world about who we are but also the basic principles of rule of law. Now the Supreme Court upheld that principle yesterday.”


it’s worth pointing out the distinction here, that the Nuremberg trials did not give Nazi war criminals access to U.S. courts, but to a special international military tribunal created by the U.S., USSR, France and the U.K. Though Nuremberg currently is considered a model for international law, it’s not as if Rudolph Hess had access to challenge his detention in U.S. federal court.)

Great news: Obama says he’s learned that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” for public works


Mr. Constitutional lawyer:

we have heard now for years how great Obama is from you “smart ones”.

The White House says President Barack Obama was accurate when he took on a Supreme Court ruling in the State of the Union address, even though Justice Sam Alito mouthed, “Not true.”

Alito’s protest came when the president said: “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) … And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”

..as usual…Obama did not know what he was talking about.

But the Court did not overturn “a century of law.” The provision upended by the Court was only seven years old. It was a novel innovation of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law adopted during the Bush Administration.


Obama can’t even get his facts straight in the State of the Union address:

“And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”

Obama
State of the Union Address
Feb. 24,2009
Karl Benz of Germany is credited with creating the automobile……

Obama:

God’s grace, and the compassion and decency of the American people is expressed through the men and women like Corpsman Brossard.

……The “Commander and Chief” didn’t just say this once…..not twice….but genius here rattled it off 3 times.


Obama:

“The Middle East is a problem that has plagued the region for centuries.”

…I am telling you this man is a genius…..

“Let me be absolutely clear,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said today at a press conference in Amman, Jordan.
“Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.

Obama:

It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian

….Austrian is not a language…..

Barack Obama opens up his Memorial Day speech in Las Cruces, New Mexico:

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.

…..You really can’t make this sh!t up….absolutely clueless.

Obama:

“One of the things that is a huge advantage for America compared to countries like Europe is,

….uh hey genius….Europe is not a country.

I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (ph) was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It’s good to see you.

…Dr. Joe did not “win” the Congressional medal of Honor.
This right before telling the nation about the terrorist attack in Ft. Hood.

What’s scary is that liberals keep referring to this man as a “genius”……

Baxter Greene on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

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17 Mar 2010 … I live in Idaho and I happy as can be! csdeven on March 18

Dr Evil on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Today’s teachers unions like to concentrate on “social justice, “global warming”, and what a wonderful system communism is. I doubt kids are even taught true American history.

darwin on June 6, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Lets not forget teaching reconquista propaganda in Tuscon.

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Neither. Just trying to see exactly deep I have to go to find the smallest common denominator. Seems like 4 or 5 so far. Hard to tell since not everyone is reading right now.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I don’t remember Obama going on Chris Matthews afterward and claiming that, you know, he didn’t mess up and in fact there ARE 57 states.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Move the goalposts much?

Again, watch the clip and it’s obvious she just misspoke because she can’t think on her feet.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

So which is the problem, thinking on your feet or answering on a news show? You seem to have trouble making up your mind what to criticize.

Can Obama think on his feet?

OBAMA: “Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. (crowd laughing) I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.

What they’ll say is, Well, it costs too much money,” but you know what? It would cost, about… It — it — it would cost about the same as what we would spend… It… Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us… (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to… It… It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about — hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad.”

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

O-bot or Rombot?

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

csdeven beclowned itself earlier and is now trying for a save.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

No. She was WRONG. She said that Revere rode to warn the British by ringing those bells…

Since she said that, professors have pointed out that AFTER his ride, when Revere was captured, he warned the British that colonial forces had gathered. But, in Palin’s version, his ride was meant to warn the British (by ringing bells and firing off his pistol) that we were gather forces.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Yep. Which is why nobody is buying the spin except for Palin fans. You’re telling me Palin ignored everything about Revere’s covert mission to talk about what he did AFTER he was captured? Come on….

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Or the planes Indians?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Chief Sittin’ Aisle (or should I have said isle?).

Shy Guy on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Yup, Sarah Palin is so stupid, that the only way she can be right and know arcane trivia is by accident. Why? Because she’s dumb, everyone knows it.

It proves itself, you see.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I wait patiently for her dissertation on Daniel Crockett and Davy Boone.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Thanks for your input LOUIS.

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

You’re telling me Palin ignored everything about Revere’s covert mission to talk about what he did AFTER he was captured? Come on….

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Yes, I am. She took the damn tour that day. She knew obscure stuff.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

This was a throwaway comment molehill-turned-mountain.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I have to agree. She clearly has the entire story, but botched the delivery.

Next.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Lookie, lookie. I didn’t think all you anti-Palin nutcases would be up for at least another 2 hours!

Sporty1946 on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

darwin on June 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Dude, why don’t you debate the matter at hand instead of throwing out non sequiturs. I’ll ask you… do you believe Palin’s account of Revere’s ride and her defense of it to Wallace) are factually correct?

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Palin didn’t give an “account” of Paul Revere’s ride. That would imply she told the whole story start to finish. But all she did was to allude to it. When you refer to a story that people should already be aware of, you don’t necessarily try to recreate the narrative, or put everything in chronological order, or in historical context.

You’re trying to demand that a reference to a story be complete, detailed, and in chronological order, or it must be a sign of ignorance. Nobody meets that standard.

If what she said was factually incorrect, you would have a point. As it is, you’re just an ankle-biter.

tom on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I’m wondering though, is that the same reason Obama said “profit and earnings ratio”?

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Obama’s ignorance is legion. Someone could write a book on it, by section. For example:

FINANCE
P/E ratio is profit/earnings
After a certain point, people have enough money

MILITARY
Corpsman is pronounced “corpse man”
The phrase “fallen hero” includes wounded soldiers

Obama can talk for 15 minutes and say nothing — not a single substantive point. Straw men, philosophical “either/ors”, generalities. But when he DOES say something with a bit of content, it’s often wrong. Some of it is based on liberal pap, some exaggerations, some like 57 states just flat out wrong.

Paul-Cincy on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Neither. Just trying to see exactly deep I have to go to find the smallest common denominator. Seems like 4 or 5 so far. Hard to tell since not everyone is reading right now.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

You forgot a word there, champ.

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I know more about your history than 50% of your population. And that’s truly pathetic.

Dave Rywall on June 6, 2011

No, you only know more than 26%.

unclesmrgol on June 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I don’t remember Obama going on Chris Matthews afterward and claiming that, you know, he didn’t mess up and in fact there ARE 57 states.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

He didn’t have to when the Ministry of Information (MSM) doesn’t bother to challenge him on it.

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

csdeven beclowned itself earlier and is now trying for a save.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Always does.

Sporty1946 on June 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

That’s what I read too.

Nothing beats the smell of liberal desperation with a dash of RINO obfuscation.

NOTHING!

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Historians agree: Palin was right about Revere

And, of course, *it doesn’t matter.* The meme is in place, history has been written, and no amount of factual refutation will ever change it. Like Bush and the scanner, that’s their story, and they’re sticking to it.

Paul_in_NJ on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Sarah Palin was born in Idaho. I am guessing she knows it’s Lewis and not Louis.

csdeven this is what Google is for, you are a lazy troll. And possibly you are the weakest link.

Dr Evil on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

tom on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

This…

“He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.”

… is factually incorrect.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The country is more in need of someone to operate the executive office with their ability, not their personal moral lessons.

dedalus on June 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM

If you think that “personal moral lessons” is an accurate description of what I said about Clinton’s sociopathy and Obama’s totalitarian impulses, then you’re not competent to read.

Furthermore, if you actually believe that morality is not a necessary part of executive effectiveness, then you’re not competent to vote.

philwynk on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Nope. Neither did Palin.

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

HAHAHAHA! Apparently she did, since she is the one who made the statement, and you foolish libs have stepped in it…again.
Remember when she stated the “wrong” date, and later was proved correct?
You guys don’t get it…she sets you up with these statements.
She knew the facts of the Boston Tea Party, and knew you would fall for her trap when she fed you the date, all of you guys don’t know history.
Now she threw out the Paul Revere…of course she knows what she is doing, she is playing you liberals and showing how stupid you are.
You watch, she will do this again, and again, she knows you guys are waiting for a misstep, so she feeds you some obscure fact that you have been mislead on, you attack, and she puts you back in your place.
Playing you guys like a fiddle…you are so easy to be duped, hence your election of Obama…so easy, so “gosh darn” easy…
What is hilarious is watching you guys pretend you didn’t make a mistake, oh my, she has got your number…My God, she is so much smarter than I ever thought.

right2bright on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Yes, I am. She took the damn tour that day. She knew obscure stuff.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

So instead of talking about Revere’s midnight ride, which EVERYONE knows him for, she’s going to bring up details after he was captured? Yeah no.

She thought she WAS talking about his midnight ride when she said he fired guns and rang bells to warn the British not to take our guns. Which isn’t accurate.

Please read this. Take two minutes.

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Mussolini or Hitler would be just the ones you’d need in that case.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Two men that made horrible strategic blunders operating in areas outside their competence. They were defeated by US, British and Soviet leaders who often resorted to mistresses or liquor in their personal lives. Bill Clinton’s recreational activities seem comparatively tame. Neither should Palin’s potential be judged by fielding random trivia questions.

dedalus on June 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

I have to agree. She clearly has the entire story, but botched the delivery.

Next.

cs
deven on June 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Louis & Clark.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 9:59 AM

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hey O-Bots! Can you see Obama’s BLOOD FOR OIL war in Libya from your front porch?

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Yep. Which is why nobody is buying the spin except for Palin fans. You’re telling me Palin ignored everything about Revere’s covert mission to talk about what he did AFTER he was captured? Come on….

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

This is hilarious. Palin remarks offhandedly about Paul Revere, and because it isn’t expandable into book form it’s all wrong. LOL And they don’t fear her at all. Nope. Never. Uh uh.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

csdeven is one of the smart ones.

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

clear that she believes Revere’s RIDE was meant to warn the British. It was not.
Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

No shipley….
This is what “you believe” and want to be true so that you and your clueless liberal friends don’t look so stupid and ignorant of American History.

When your point relies on ” I can read Palin’s mind and tell what she meant”….
……..you have clearly lost the debate.

Baxter Greene on June 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Dave Rywall on June 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Honey,you lost. It’s been over two hundred years. Time to let go.

katy the mean old lady on June 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

What a joke. She just gave more extemporaneous responses to the media in five days than Obama’s given in two years.

Let’s all try to imagine the response from the toothless-hyena trolls if Palin had said “corpse-man” rather than “corpsman” — twice. Or that Austrians speak Austrian. Or that a Ohio tornado killed “10,000″ people. Or that she was the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee when she wasn’t even on the committee.

It’s more than obvious by now that grounds and goalposts of the critique keep shifting, and will right into the White House — and beyond.

rrpjr on June 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Mussolini or Hitler would be just the ones you’d need in that case.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Two men that made horrible strategic blunders operating in areas outside their competence.

dedalus on June 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Absolutely not. They were administrators par excellence. Face it, you typed the wrong thing. Hanging curve ball.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Sarah Palin said she didn’t mess up on Paul Revere. She said he did warn the British.

Indeed, Revere did exactly that.

When he finished his famous ride to Lexington, he decided to embark on a new ride to Concord. During this ride, he was captured by the British and subsequently warned them about the colonial resistance.

So Palin fans, you’re all going to tell me that she was talking about his ride to Concord and not his midnight ride to Lexington when she gave that answer?

Please.

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Hey O-Bots! Can you see Obama’s BLOOD FOR OIL war in Libya from your front porch?

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

“Days not Weeks!!!”…now means until December.

Baxter Greene on June 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

csdeven beclowned itself earlier and is now trying for a save.

pseudoforce on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I am not Sarah Palin. I knew exactly what I wrote. I’m just wondering…..since the details of history aren’t that important to some folks, why jump on any historical mistake? Under the standards being applied to Palin, does replacing “Lewis” with “Louis” have any bearing on what really happened?

Not so much when we play fast and loose with the facts.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

nickj116 on June 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I already read it. It presumes that Palin is an idiot who couldn’t possibly know anything and so all of this is a rationalization after the fact. It’s garbage. She knew what she was talking about even if she garbled the grammar.

alwaysfiredup on June 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Maybe Sarah can tell us about the Santa Clause Trail?

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

LOL. Nice job there LOUIS.

darclon on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Yeah, he’s really losing it……again.

He should change his name to cslouis.

Dongemaharu on June 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

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