How Many Obamas Does It Take To Screw-Up A Light Bulb?
So…while handing out a posthumous Medal Of Freedom to a brave Pole who had fought the Nazis, The Smartest Man In The Universe & In History referred to a Nazi Concentration Camp in Poland as the ‘Polish Death Camp’.
As of the composition of this post, the mistake is still up The White House website. Here is the offending paragraph in full [emphasis mine]:
For years, Jan Karski’s students at Georgetown University knew he was a great professor; what they didn’t realize was he was also a hero. Fluent in four languages, possessed of a photographic memory, Jan served as a courier for the Polish resistance during the darkest days of World War II. Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. Jan took that information to President Franklin Roosevelt, giving one of the first accounts of the Holocaust and imploring to the world to take action. It was decades before Jan was ready to tell his story. By then, he said, “I don’t need courage anymore. So I teach compassion.”
I was wondering why they would leave this uncorrected and then my Cynical SOB side [I am the Coolest SOB] kicked it and the morning of revelation dawned for me: they’re going to blame the speechwriter for the insult. Hell! It was in the teleprompter that way…what was Obama to do?!? The teleprompter acted stupidly!
For starters: There’s no law that demands you read every damn word that’s on it. Any half-literate would have known just the phrase itself was awkward – how often has anyone who has been paying attention ever heard them referred to as ‘Polish Death Camps’? As Adrienne commented:
How in hell could someone be so dumb as to refer to Polish death camps? In my entire life I have never heard one single mention of "Polish death camps" – because there is no such thing.
…The Poles see right through our scholarly president’s pretensions.When a White House spokesman says the president “misspoke,” is he saying that Obama mis-read the teleprompter or some staff flunkie, who probably majored in Holistic Healing or something in college, got it wrong? The fact that the fact checkers and other vetters who are supposed to prevent this sort of thing missed it too does not speak well for the aggregate IQ of the White House staff.
Or the president’s knowledge of history.
After three-plus years, methinks the whole world sees right through the jug-eared wonder.
Love the graphic at the conclusion of Duane Lester’s post on this story.
Dan Collins asks a very important question in a noble quest for some clarity:
Would that be one of the death camps that Obama’s grandfather liberated in Selma or Montgomery, or wherever his parents met? There’s an expression for this kind of person: stupid motherf*cker.
Indeed. Very fitting.
Vodkapundit is seething about Obama’s ‘apology’ [and rightfully so]:
Well isn’t that just dandy. The President himself said about the stupidest, most offensive thing imaginable to an entire people. And by way of apology, SCoaMF has someone nobody has ever heard of explain that of course Teh Won didn’t really make a mistake. He’s the smartest man in the room, don’t you know.
No — Obama screwed (not ate) the pooch on this one. Now he needs to man up and give Poland the apology she deserves
In his post, Stephen provides an excellent summary of the suffering of the Polish People under the Nazis.
As Smitty comments:
God preserve us until we can send this incompetent boob packing….
That’s a tall order.
SIDENOTE: Mr. Bingley makes a dead-on-balls-accurate observation:
But what really strikes me about this video is how bad, how truly awful Obama is as a speaker. Look at the video: he’s like a robot looking from teleprompter to teleprompter, never makes any attempt to look at the audience, and they’re so far apart all we see are the two sides of his head.
It’s profiles in discourage.
It’s bloody pathetic.
What really, really annoys the living crap out of me is when I hear someone on the Right begin a sentence with: ‘While Obama is a great speaker…’. No, Clyde, he’s not. Never has been nothing more than mediocre. His cadences lack rhythm. He’s head swishing, when he’s reading off a teleprompter, are way too obvious and, ultimately, annoying. His hand gestures would be frowned upon by Toastmasters. He’s bland, dull, uninspiring, and a pablum-puker.