Posted by Scott Malensek on 23 September, 2008 at 3:55 pm. 24 comments already!


Three HUGE gaffes about simple American history all in as many sentences:

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,” …He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

Hot Air did a nice job of showing the magic…

How ignorant is this statement? Let me count the ways:
1) Franklin Roosevelt didn’t become president in 1929 during the crash. He won the 1932 election and took office in 1933, largely because of the 1929 crash and the incompetent protectionist policies that transformed it into a Great Depression.

2) If FDR and President Herbert Hoover didn’t talk about the “princes of greed” in 1929, by the time FDR took over, that kind of populist rhetoric had certainly taken root. FDR greatly escalated the scope of federal government to institute the kind of redistributionism that Obama and Biden now champion.

3) If Hoover or FDR appeared on television in 1929 or even 1933, only a few hundred people would have seen it. Television was still an experimental medium and wouldn’t be introduced to the public for at least another decade.

Of course, the REAL problem with this is that it’s really veteran Senator Joe Biden who made the gaffes-not Sarah Palin, and if she HAD said it…there’d be a media frenzy. Why?
Is it because he’s a Democrat, and she’s a Republican?
Is it becuse he’s a “veteran senator” and she’s a Governor?
Is it because he’s a he, and she’s a she?
Is it because she’s new to the media spotlight, and he’s so exposed to it he’s got sunburn from the lights?

I dunno, but in the meantime….
This has been a test of the Palin Derangement Syndrome. Had this actually been an example of Palinophobia your computer would be smoking right now. Wolf Blitzer would be on the floor in convulsions. Chris Matthews would be on MSNBC with his leg twitching, and Keith Olbermann would have peeled off his mask to reveal that he’s really Christopher Lowell.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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