All shook up: Bachmann flubs Elvis birthday
August 16th, 2011
01:40 PM ET
3 years ago

All shook up: Bachmann flubs Elvis birthday

(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stepped all over Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes while stumping Tuesday, when she mistakenly wished "The King" a "Happy Birthday."

August 16 actually marks the 34th anniversary of Presley's death.

"Before we get started, let's all say 'Happy Birthday' to Elvis Presley today," Bachmann greeted event attendees at a "Join Team Bachmann" rally in Spartanburg, SC.

"We played you a little bit of Promised Land when we pulled up. You can't do better than Elvis Presley and we thought we would celebrate his birthday as we get started celebrating taking our country back to work."

But Presley's birthday is in January, so the tea party darling's well wishes are eight months too late.


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. BossDaley

    Please GOP- please run this retard for president

    August 17, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. BossDaley

    It's sad that the psycho/ignorant/racist/christian/white right wants to blame an economy that failed under Bush and his 2 wars and tax cuts to his wealthy cronies on the president. Too much Fox News, not enough reading

    August 17, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Artifex

    C'mon, the GOP has adopted the Jon Kyl byline for every public statement: "Not intended to be a factual statement"

    August 17, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. mickeymo

    And this woman was saying that if we default on our debt there will be no consequences! There is no doubt, she IS psychotic.

    August 17, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. max

    Listen to some of the HATE here!!! Again, the mantra from Obama's little trolls is everyone is "stupid." I an not buyiing it this time.

    August 17, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. ERGro

    Stop with the stupid comments, stupid! I can say one thing about Bachmann. She works and works and works. No vacation and 1/2 of day of golf.

    August 17, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Ernie

    Who cares if Michelle Bachman didn't Elvis' birthday, most of the reporters who were following Michelle Bachman weren't even born when Elvis died. All the reporters know that Elvis is dead and left the building. This is all politicial pettyness and looking for politicians to screw up. I bet the reporter who wrote this article don't even know who is on Mount Rushmore.
    This is all politicial pettyness.

    August 17, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Tommy Jonq

    dear teabag: please, please, please make sure this bumbling cheesehead gets elected president. i'm writing my PhD thesis on how dubya was not as dumb as he could have been, and i need all the proof i can get.

    August 17, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Joe

    I honestly find it hillarious how many people haven't actually ever heard her speak, or have learned ANYTHING about her (or really any other candidate from either side) other than what John Stewart and other late-night sound bite experts propagate. While I haven't made any decision to support her or any other candidate, I at least want to hear what she says about items which are POLITICALLY RELEVANT to know for myself, rather than focusing solely on a flubbed fact about something so politically IRRELEVANT. Elvis's b-day vs anniversary of his death. So inconsequential, yet, its blood in the water for the foaming-at-the-mouth fact-checkers out there.

    August 17, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. stev

    ERGro, didn't you notice. According to the new Democratic Party of adolescent males, all females are "dumb". Seems to their MO. By the way, if they look beyond their noses Bachmann has gotten alot of things "right"

    August 17, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Rickster

    Meanwhile President Failure was off to vacation in one of our glorious 57 states.

    August 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. framous

    Happy Birthday Elvis! HAHAHAHAHA

    August 17, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. New Age Independent

    Not nearly as bad as the President of our "57 States"!

    August 17, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. IOWA

    Is'nt she the front runner in Iowa. Makes me wonder about Iowa and the level of intelligence of the state and its people.

    August 17, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Kelly

    I know who I WONT be voting for.

    August 17, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Christi Henry

    This is CNN's top story???? Shows the woman is human and not just speaking what she is told, the media tears anyone down that stands for something.

    August 17, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Michelle

    Anyone who does not know when the King of Rock of Roll died does not deserve to be president.

    August 17, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Paul1st

    Bachmann wanted to make gratuitous use of Elvis' stardom and blew it. Poor Elvis isn't around to defend himself from people using his name and songs for political gain.

    August 17, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. FoolKiller

    I’m still trying to figure out why we celebrate the day someone (we liked) died. When I heard Elvis was being celebrated, my first thought was that it was his birthday.

    August 17, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Does CNN draw focus to every stupid thing, lie and mistake that comes out of Obama's mouth? Of course not. Enough with trying to make all his opponents look bad. Let go of the kool aide cup CNN.

    August 17, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. LacrosseMom(real one)

    All this woman has to do is open her mouth. Is this the best the Teapublicans can offer America?

    August 17, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. 57 States

    Hey guys obama said 57 states he obviously thinks theres 57 states let's keep putting comments that state that in a feeble attempt to draw comparisons between Obama (who actually seems to use his brain most of the time) and Bachmann (who never seems to use hers)! herp derp herp 57 states herp derp!

    August 17, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. WilmaWonka

    I am NOT a Bachmann fan.....AT ALL, but is this really a big deal? She clearly needs to have better fact checking but who really cares if it's Elvis's birthday or death day. Is this really how we gauge the capability of a candidate?

    August 17, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. RB

    First, she get's his "birthday" wrong, then she try's to backtrack later and says, "Let's all shag now, if that's what you want to do"! And she wants to lead this Nation?! What a J-O-K-E !!

    August 17, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Really

    I am frankly dumbfounded that anyone thinks Michelle is a viable candidate for ANY office. She has done nothing of any value in her current job. Anyone with any brains would at least hire a fact checker to help keep dates and facts straight, once they'd made a few goofs. She doesn't even have the brains to do that. She is both arrogant and stupid. And for the clowns that keep referring to Obama's 59 states, like Michelle, you should check your facts. He wasn't referring to the US states. Other countries have states too. Stop listening to Fox and Limbaugh and go get someone to read a book to you.

    August 17, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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