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Sunday, May 25, 2008

BHO stands for "Barack's Habitual OMGs"

(UPDATED: Senator Obama's latest gaffe, but a positive point regarding Hugo Chavez. Scroll down)

You've got to be kidding me. Walking Gaffe Man strikes again!

During his whistle-stop tour of Sunrise, FL (very close to spring break capital, Ft. Lauderdale), Senator Barack H. Obama let out this howler:

"THANK YOU! It's good to be in Sunshine!"

Maybe it's the capital of one of our 57 States?

Either way, the Junior Senator from Illinois needs to get a lesson in geography fast. I mean, Christ on a swing set, who does he think he is? George W. Bush?

UPDATE Sunday 14:00: Senator Obama gave an important foreign policy speech in Miami, and there's good news, and bad news. WGM struck YET again!

But he also used a word in a context few in his Party have ever used towards a certain Latin American leader.

Here is what he said:

"Since the Bush Administration launched a misguided war in Iraq, its policy in the Americas has been negligent toward our friends, ineffective with our adversaries, disinterested in the challenges that matter in peoples’ lives, and incapable of advancing our interests in the region.

No wonder, then, that demagogues like Hugo Chavez have stepped into this vacuum."

First of all, this is factually incorrect.

President Hugo Chavez "stepped into" his position of power on 2 February 1999, after his election in 1998.

To those who wish to reply that Obama meant the Bush Administration's policies exacerbated the situation, allowing Hugo Chavez to exploit it, I say, which Bush Administration are you referring to?

Perhaps GHW Bush's in 1992, when Hugo Chavez first attempted a military coup? Which was successfully defended and he was then imprisoned for it?

Because this Bush's foreign policies certainly didn't create any vacuum that allowed a man like Chavez to rise, two years after his incarceration. From 1994 to 1998, the haughty arm's length remove of the Clinton administration contributed to this rise.

It took President Clinton nearly 5 years into his term before he deigned to set foot on South American soil, doing so only on October 13, 1997 (!).

Do you remember his first stop? I do. It was Venezuela.

Gosh, President Clinton. Thanks for keeping your eye on the ball.

But wait, there's good news, as I mentioned. Senator Obama did mention a significant word that the Bush Administration has failed to use in its almost 8 years of existence.

Although some bloggers failed to preface the above quote, they did note that Obama called Chavez a "demagogue".

I realise he was speaking to a largely Cuban/Latin-American crowd here in Miami, as the Senator is desperate to be more amenable to Hispanics in his campaign, having to date failed dismally.

But at least he said it.

Now let's see how Hugo Chavez replies, as last time he called President Bush a queer ("pajarito", the universal Spanish slang word for a homosexual man) a "burro", and a coward.

And so there was no doubt of his displeasure, he also called President Bush "Meester Danyer" (Mr. Danger).

Don't believe me? Look at it yourself.

We await with baited breath to see what he will call Senator Obama.

UPDATE 28 May 2008: Wow, there's a slip of the tongue, and then there are "I invented the internet" mental boners.

How else can you explain Obama claiming his uncle was part of the American brigade which liberated Auschwitz, in Poland?

Which, of course, was liberated by the Soviet Army on January 27, 1945...


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  • Yep. And I'm sure a few people in Sunshine, er...Sunrise at the arena fainted after his geographical gaffe.

    BTW, Chavez calling Bush "Meester Danyer" has got to be one of the funniest things I've ever heard.

    A belated "Welcome Back", Victoria. Good to see back in fine form.

    By Blogger Robert, at Sun May 25, 08:55:00 pm GMT-4  

  • OT, for Austrian Sundries:


    By Blogger Ron, at Sun May 25, 10:32:00 pm GMT-4  

  • OOO - Love your blog. Can you imagine if a these gaffes were coming from anyone else? Geez!

    By Blogger Dody Jane, at Mon May 26, 04:10:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Hi Vics! For some strange reason, within the past 24 hours, your post of over a year ago about political bumper stickers generated a couple of dozen hits to mine of that time featuring Republicans for Voldemort. Do you have any idea why?

    By Blogger Randy, at Mon May 26, 09:09:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Via Ron...

    As a Brit I haven't a bleedin' clue what yer on about but as a pal of The Fluffmeister yer obviously a babe.

    Anyroad yer like Bogie ;-)

    By Blogger The Manic Street Preacher, at Tue May 27, 02:10:00 pm GMT-4  

  • BTW, Chavez calling Bush "Meester Danyer" has got to be one of the funniest things I've ever heard.

    LOL, that's priceless.

    I love how the crowd are going with it, in almost a foreshadowing of what Reverend Wright's audiences at the NAACP and NPC would do.

    Part of it might be agreement, but another part is "I don't believe he actually went there. Yeah! Let's egg him on to see what he'll do next!".

    And thanks, Robert. You're too kind. Mwah!

    Besos a la familia, como siempre.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed May 28, 12:05:00 am GMT-4  

  • Wow, Ron, moving stamps?? That's too corny for words.

    I'm guessing you remembered my post on Photomail, where one could create one's own stamp.

    Yeah, that took off didn't it?


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed May 28, 12:07:00 am GMT-4  

  • LOL! Randy that's too funny. Yes, I know why.

    Comme d'habitude, I linked to my post on Althouse, since she was discussing that risqué anti-Bush bumpersticker.

    I laugh thinking how that had you scratching your head though. ;)

    Hope JSU got some spillover traffic too, since his Blogad is active!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed May 28, 12:09:00 am GMT-4  

  • Anyroad yer like Bogie ;-)

    Heh, I vaguely understood that, Preacherman. ;)

    No, alas, neither like Bogey or Ingrid. A little like Claude Rains though.

    And welcome to Sundries! Any pal of Ron is one of mine.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed May 28, 12:11:00 am GMT-4  

  • Dody Jane! I forgot to thank you for the compliment. :)

    Yes, it's unbelievable. I updated the post above "Related" with his latest gaffe.

    His uncle liberated Auschwitz...which means he had to have been Russian not American...

    Seriously folks, it's a problem, and no one is referring to it because they don't want to be called the R-word.

    Not Republican. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed May 28, 01:25:00 am GMT-4  

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