Just an update and refresher. President Obama has made several major blunders over the years. The following are arguably his top 15 gaffes thus far.
1) ….ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.
“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.”
Regarding a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people
2) “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.”
During a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon.
3) It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns…
“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Obama trying to explain why he has difficulty winning over some working-class voters.
4) Fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today.
“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.”
5) Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s
“Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain…administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.”
Spoken while visiting Amman, Jordan on July 22, 2008.
6) The middle east is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.
“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”
Said while in Tampa, FL on Jan. 28, 2010.
7) Says that grandmother …is a typical white person…
“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”
8) Nope, [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] has not talked about my Muslim faith…
“What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] has not talked about my Muslim faith…”
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying “your Christian faith,” which Obama quickly clarified.
9) I’m here with the Girardo family here in st. Louis.
“I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.”
While speaking to the Democratic National Convention via satellite, while in Kansas City, Missouri. (August 25, 2008)
10) A term in Austrian does not exist…
“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, wheeling and dealing.”
Confusing German with a language that does not exist–”Austrian.” (Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009)
11) Obama frequently appears to have no idea what goes on…with his own campaign or presidency.
“We don’t have the technical capacity to create something like that. It’s pretty extraordinary.”
Obama, denying that a YouTube video mocking Hillary Clinton was created by his campaign staff.
“Two days later, the ‘Apple 1984 ad’ spoof was revealed to be the creation of a political operative employed by a firm overseeing technology for Obama’s campaign. The Obama campaign later said it ‘had no knowledge and had nothing to do with the creation of the ad,’ and the creator was fired.”
12) “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.”
Said following a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers in Washington, D.C. (July 20, 2009)
13) via HuffPo:
“This week, President Barack Obama put himself in an awkward position with America’s ally, Poland, when he erroneously referred to World War II-era Nazi concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Poland as ‘Polish.’ How should a world leader move ahead after he makes a blunder? And how should allies handle such situations on the world stage to avoid turning a minor faux pas into a major international incident?
‘The reference to a “death camp in Poland” as “Polish death camp” is really nothing more than sloppy grammar, a misplaced effort to economize by saying in three words that which should take four,’ observes the University of Denver’s Christopher Hill, a former U.S. ambassador to Poland. ‘But in Poland, there is persistent and understandable anxiety that many people in the world whose understanding of history is not what it should be, actually believe that Poles were somehow willing accomplices to German Nazis.’
Obama’s gaffe occurred on May 29th, when he was presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — posthumously to WWII Polish-resistance officer Jan Karski (who died in 2000). Obama noted that Karski’s fellow resistance fighters ‘smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp behind enemy lines to witness the atrocities firsthand.’”
14) President Obama’s admission in an August, 2014 press conference that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for a broader confrontation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a major problem for the White House.
15) Obama makes two significant foreign policy blunders.
“President Obama has made two major gaffes so far during his Europe trip. After falsely claimed that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum on self-determination, he then wrongly said that Georgia was not being considered for NATO membership.
Speaking on Kosovo yesterday, Obama said : ‘…Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organised not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbours. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea.’
But none of it came close to happening in Kosovo either, as Milos Subotic, the International Relations Officer of the University of Pristina, Kosovo told Breitbart London.
‘During his yesterday speech in Brussels, President Obama showed a lack of knowledge of the political situation in Kosovo. Kosovo never organised any kind of referendum, but the Assembly of Provisional Institutions of self-government of Kosovo made a unilateral declaration of independence on February 17th 2008.
‘The declaration of independence has been recognised by approximately one hundred states, however Serbia and many countries have also showed their opposition to declaration of independence, most notably China and Russia. What Kosovo did was not in line with United Nations and that’s confirmed by the fact that Kosovo is not member of UN.’”