Archive for the ‘gaffe’ Category

President-elect Obama’s first gaffe: A slap at Nancy Reagan

November 8, 2008

In a hasty and wise bit of damage control, president-elect Barack Obama quickly telephoned former First Lady Nancy Reagan this afternoon to apologize for “a careless and offhanded remark” he made about her this morning during his first post-election news conference.

Obama was asked how he was preparing to take over the White House, what books he’s reading, if he’d talked to any ex-presidents. He replied:

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

“In terms of speaking to former presidents, I’ve spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton — I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.”

The passing reference to the former First Lady’s alleged interest in horoscopes struck some observers as a gratuitous slap at an old lady at a time Obama was trying to set a positive, professed bipartisan tone for his transition.

The Obama press office received numerous inquiries for explanation and reaction. And this afternoon issued the following statement:

““President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today’s press conference.

“The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation,” said President-elect Obama Transition Team Spokesperson Stephanie Cutter.”

–Andrew Malcolm; The Los Angeles Times


Obama’s Many “Helpers” Can’t Keep Gaffes (Or Words) To Minimum

November 1, 2008

Joe Biden is so well known for his gaffe filled language that the media hardly notices anymore.

But when it comes to easy to recall numbers, Obama and his “helpers” are all over left field.

Yesterday New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said, “What Obama wants to do is, he is basically looking at $120,000 and under, among those that are in the middle class, and there is a tax cut for those.” (KOA-AM, Interview With Gov. Bill Richardson, 10/31/08)
Just A Few Days Ago, Biden Lowered The Ceiling For Tax Cuts To $150,000, Confirming What Obama Let Slip Earlier In The Campaign — That Americans Would See Higher Taxes Starting At $150,000:

Biden: “Spreading the wealth was not — he was talking about is all of the tax breaks have gone to the very, very wealthy. For example you have right now, this year, under the old tax policy that was just — that was put in by George Bush, people making an average $1.4 million a year, good people, decent people, patriotic — they’re going to get an $87 billion tax break. What we’re saying is that $87 billion tax break doesn’t need to go to people making an average of $1.4 million, it should go like it used to. It should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.” (WNEP-Scranton, Interview With Sen. Joe Biden, 10/27/08)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Democratic vice presidential ... 
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., finish a rally with a friendly handshake Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 in Mesilla, N.M.(AP Photo/The La Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando)

Notice that Biden gets the number wrong and uses about twice the words as Richardson.
What does Obama say?

 In June 2008, Obama Told Reporters He Would Raise Taxes On The Top 5 Percent Of Earners. “Speaking to reporters in St. Louis, he said he would eliminate the capital gains tax ‘for the small businesses and startups that are the backbone of our economy.’ His income tax plans, Obama said, would cut taxes for 95 percent of U.S. workers, while rolling back the Bush administration‘s tax reductions for the highest-earning 5 percent.” (Matt Apuzzo and Charles Babington, “McCain, Obama Trade Jabs On Economy, Taxes,” The Associated Press, 6/11/08)

Obama: “It Is True That Those Like Myself Who Are In The Top 5 Percent, We’re Going To See A Tax Increase. I’m Going To Roll The Bush Tax Cuts Back To The Levels They Were In The 1990s.” (Fox Business’ “Fox Business,” 6/26/08)Biden, Obama, Richardson, Tax, Taxes, gaffe, gaffes, “helpers”,

In 2006, The Cut Off For The Top 5 Percent Of Earners Began At About $150,000 — Well Below Obama’s $250,000 Threshold. “Including all tax returns that had a positive AGI, taxpayers with an AGI of $153,542 or more in 2006 constituted the nation’s top 5 percent of earners.” (Gerald Prante, “Summary Of Latest Federal Individual Income Tax Data,”, 7/18/08)

Biden, Muzzle off, Says Of McCain: He Never Gives Up

November 1, 2008

The muzzle is off.

Joe Biden stopped by a local burger joint for late night take-out, but wound up taking 12 minutes of questions from national reporters who haven’t been able to talk to the Delaware Senator since a flight to Kalispell, MT on September 7th.

By Aaron Bruns, Fox News 

So did the gaffe-prone VP nominee feel pressure from the campaign not to talk to the press?

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., ... 
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., scratches his head while speaking during his Road to Change bus tour across Ohio at Lima High School in Lima, Ohio Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.(AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero)

“If I’m muzzled, I don’t know,” Biden said. “I’ve done 200 interviews. I’ve been doing, you know, half a dozen to a dozen satellite feeds everyday. I’m doing shows, I mean, so, no one said anything to me about it.”

Biden told the small media throng inside the classic Lima diner that while he feels good, he expects a tight race.

This election is going to be a lot closer than everybody thinks it is,” Biden said. “I think it’s going to be close in Florida, it’s going to be close here, it’s going to be close in Missouri, I think it’s going to close – I don’t think it will be that close in Pennsylvania, I feel very good about Pennsylvania.”

“I think it’s going to be close in North Carolina, um, you know, Virginia feels really good but, you know, it ain’t till it happens,” he laughed. “We’re going everywhere. Montana, Arizona, I mean we’re everywhere we can be.”

McCain, he said, isn’t going away quietly. “One of the things I’ve admired about John, and I’ve considered him — why I’ve considered him a friend. He does, he never gives up,” said Biden. “I just hope when it’s over, win or lose, you walk up and you shake hands and say John, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The VP nominee said he’s glad to hear that McCain is closing out his TV campaign with a positive ad. “I hope John ends this campaign with his strength,” he said. ” I think it’s just not a good thing to, win or lose it’s not a good thing to end in sort of this tough environment. No matter what.”

As for his relationship with the man he calls a good friend? “I hope it’s intact,” he said.” John and I haven’t had a chance to speak. We have not had a chance to speak.”

Read the rest: