Only one problem. Tuesday wasn’t the birthday of The King. It was the anniversary of his death.
Every day she opens her mouth, Michelle Bachmann showcases her ignorance.
In Spartanburg, South Carolina Tuesday morning Bachmann said “before we get started, let’s all say, ‘Happy Birthday to Elvis Presley’ today. Happy Birthday! You can’t do better than Elvis Presley and we thought we’d celebrate his birthday as we got started celebrating our ‘Take Our Country Back’ Tour.”
Presley was born on January 8, 1935. He died on August 16, 1977.
By the time she got to Greenville Tuesday afternoon, Bachmann changed her story and her tone.
“Today is the day we observe the passing of Elvis Presley,” she said somberly.
The woman who thinks she has what it takes what it takes to the President mangles facts, makes claims about accomplishments that aren’t hers and flunks geography.
In March, she confused Concord, New Hampshire, with Concord, Massachusetts, when she said: “You’re in the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.”
In Iowa in January she claimed the nation’s founders fought to end slavery, sayying “the very founders that wrote those documents (the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution) worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”
Which came as a surprise to historians. Many of the signers of the documents owned slaves — including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington — and all were dead when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War and nearly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Also in Iowa, Bachmann claimed legendary school idol John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa — which is also her birthplace. In fact, serial killer John Wayne Gacy hailed from Waterloo. John Wayne’s parents once lived there but Wayne was not born there and never lived in the city.
- Michele Bachmann Wishes Elvis Happy Birthday…on the Anniversary of His Death (crooksandliars.com)
- Bachmann gives Elvis birthday wishes on the anniversary of his death (politico.com)
- All shook up: Bachmann flubs Elvis birthday (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Michele Bachmann Confuses Life with Death (slog.thestranger.com)
- Bachmann’s big Elvis mix-up (salon.com)
- Bachmann’s Elvis Tribute, Slightly Off (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)