Barack Obama must be trying to dumb himself down a little so the bitter clingers can better understand his Harvard vocabulary. President Bush has had some good success with this technique and the press has constantly misunderestimated the political benefit of speaking this way to the little people.
Michelle Malkin has a few good examples of Obama’s plan in action.
He has trouble with numbers.
Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes 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.
Trouble with maps.
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?
Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, South Dakota audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you Sioux City…I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.”
Trouble with history.
Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, 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, Alabama, 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.
Then, he hits the trifecta: Trouble with numbers, maps, and history.
“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.”
His plan is not just limited to the United States, there’s an international angle to it as well.
Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by honing 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.
The next time the press zings a Republican for misspeaking, remember it’s all part of the strategery. After all, Bush won twice.
Bill Dupray at The Patriot Room
Bill Dupray is a lawyer living in Northern Virginia.