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Well, you remember man landing on the moon in 1963 at least, don’t you? Obama’s ghost-tweeter apparently does. As Moe Lane writes, “If Barack Obama wants to do something about wage inequality, he should start with… the White House itself.” And then regarding when we actually landed on the moon, “Here, let me show the President how to check things like this.”

There’s a strange and recurring symptom with this administration that on the one hand keeps making these gaffes, and on the other, thinks of itself as being chockablock full with, much more so than Enron, “The Smartest Guys in the Room” — including Barry himself.

Especially, Barry himself:

“I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

But these weird lapses in what should be easily understood American and world history keep occurring. Joe Biden — who definitely thinks of himself as the Smartest Guy in the Room — just ask him — had one of the first big whoppers. During the fall of 2008, his mouth once again failed to sync with the gearworks of his brain, and he praised Franklin Roosevelt’s TV performance in 1929 when the stock market crashed. Never mind that in 1929, Herbert Hoover was president, and the handful of Jurassic American TVs then in existence were running Felix the Cat test patterns — that’s how Joe remembers it. And apparently so does Obama booster Katie Couric, since she didn’t bother to correct him:

During a 2011 interview, Obama declared, “Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, you know, for historic reasons,” which would certainly be news to Lyndon Johnson, John Connally, and Ann Richards.

Perhaps one of Obama’s worst gaffes occurred during his second inauguration speech, when he mindlessly parroted the words of speechwriter (and War on Women posterboy) Jon Favreau, who inserted the phrase “peace in our time” into his boss’s Teleprompter. Nothing like getting your second term off to a flying start by inadvertently declaring yourself the successor to Neville Chamberlain at Munich.

This past March, Obama declared during a Democrat fundraiser, “In midterms, we get clobbered, either because we don’t think it’s important or because we get so discouraged about what’s happening in Washington that we think it’s not worth our while.” So much for the 2006 midterms, in which Rahm Emanuel, then chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, assembled what Kevin McCullough of Townhall dubbed Nancy Pelosi’s Crash Test Dummies, a group of seemingly non-threatening centrist-appearing Democrats who would go on to deliver up massive bailouts to banks and GM, and ultimately would become crash test dummies in November of 2010 after passing Obamacare.

Like Ron Burgandy, anything you put into Barry’s teleprompter or on the page in front of him, he’ll read. (Including how he ate a dog, with no reaction or remorse in his voice.) But it’s particularly amusing to watch someone once declared “the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar” at the apex of hopenchange by one his toadies to apparently have very little conception of basic American history.

…There really was a fair amount of it before Obama arrived in his manger, you know.

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It wasn't over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
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I _totally_ remember the 1963 moon landing! It was right after the 1929 stock market crash when FDR got on television and "didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed", but shortly before President-Elect Richard Nixon ordered Christmas in Cambodia in 1968, and much much before Guam capsized from an influx of Marine Corps personnel. The moon landing was broadcast to all the world both in English and Austrian.

(A lot of Americans may have missed hearing about this historic moon landing event, however, as they were busy securing energy independence for America by properly inflating their tires and preventing doctors from amputating limbs of appendectomy patients . Plus they were also busy cheering on Hillary Clinton as she zig-zagged for dear life, running serpentine down the tarmac of a Bosnian airport, dodging non-existent sniper fire.)
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Remember when Dan Quayle misspelled "potato" and it was batted about endlessly on the media like a cheap tennis ball at a tournament for drunk guys? Fast forward to now when we have a President Potato Head and all the media can say is "goo goo". Stupid is the new "smart."

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We need to stop arguing with Obama about being the smartest guy in his administration. It just means he surrounds himself with people even less capable than he is.
23 weeks ago
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I don't know why moonbats can't keep the date straight - Neil & Buzz on the moon happened the same weekend as Teddy's little Chappaquiddick incident.
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I have an idea ... when women can put a woman on the moon they can all get a raise.
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I also remember when the Yankees won the Super Bowl.
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The 1929 or 1930 Superbowl? Jack Nicklaus was MVP!
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I THINK they meant that since the act was signed we walked on the moon, but it is still dumb. The REAL meaning is this: "Hey, women! An election is coming up! Only Democrats care about you!"
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That is, we progressed AFTER the act was signed, but women are still stuck in the kitchen. Obviously, the only solution is to elect more Democrats, because they will REALLY fix this problem now. For sure.
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The biggest trouble with barry is he is completed clueless as to what he doesn't know.

Smartest man in the room indeed!
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"Nothing like getting your second term off to a flying start by inadvertently declaring yourself the successor to Neville Chamberlain at Munich."

Russia has been provoked. The Middle East is in flames. The European project is on life support. China is threatening its neighbors. Japan might get nukes.

Maybe Barry was merely laying out his second term agenda.
23 weeks ago
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"…There really was a fair amount of it before Obama arrived in his manger, you know."

Point. Among his other flaws, Mr. Obama is unsound in his theology. He believes there is a fourth Person in the Godhead.
23 weeks ago
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Hmmmm. Maybe.

Or does He believe there is only The One?

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He believes there is a fourth Person in the Godhead.
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Yes! And that would be him - just ask him.

23 weeks ago
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Um, Paleo? That was his point. He made it well enough. It didn't need to be flogged in public for us to see it.

23 weeks ago
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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (George Santayana) - So -- a fun game for historians, amateur and professioal: Which past reigns (imperial, royal, presidential, ministerial, etc.) does Obama's administration most closely resemble?
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Ummm...aren't they saying the law was passed in 1963 and since then we've walked on the moon and still haven't fulfilled the law. I hate to give those "people" credit, but it looks like it's being criticized because the people reading it aren't reading it the way it was written.
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I can see where they're coming from. It's a combination of the doubly stupid idea "We put a man on the Moon, why can't we get women equal pay?" (Because women don't work equal hours with equal experience in equal jobs, and putting a man on the Moon is an engineering problem, pay disparities would be a social problem) and "The Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, why don't women have equal pay?" (see above). But the combination results in something dumber than the sum of its parts. It's an understandable error, but still an error.
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They superimposed "1963" on an image of a lunar lander.

"The way it was written" is exactly the problem so no, I'm not giving those "people" any credit.
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