All shook up: Bachmann flubs Elvis birthday
August 16th, 2011
01:40 PM ET
7 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. CitizenJP

    Does the tea party want someone who does not even know how to use Google search? Or is that too much to expect from a tea party leader?

    August 17, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    The poiint all you Fox trolls are missing, is NO ONE asked Botox Bachmann a question, she brought this all upon herself.

    Perhaps, she and her handlers should have a quick "prayer service" and ask God for an inventory check, BEFORE she opens that massive pie hole of hers.

    This stupid flotsam on the sea of life, hung herself. If you are going to make an opening statement and try and be all folksy and pay tribute to a deceased celebrity, make sure your handlers know what the tribute should be?

    If you cannot get the fact straight when YOU start the discussion, can you imagine if someone asked her a tough ol' gotcha' question?

    OTW, keep your mouth shut as opposed to opening and remove all doubt!

    August 17, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. keith

    and people want her to be president? Good lord

    August 17, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Kim

    Hateful, despicable, hypocrital liberals spewing their venom once again toward a republican woman. It's so predictable and pathetic. Do you all love ELVIS so much that you were offended by the gaffe? No. I didn't think so. Take a look at your own. Biden has had a labotomy, it appears ,and when Pelosi speaks, she makes Palin and Bachhman look like rocket scientists. I won't even start on Barney Frank. He's a comedian, right? And lastly, the President would be totally up the creek without a paddel, if he didn't have his beloved teleprompter.

    August 17, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. cmsuaf68

    Details, details, details. Just like the facts the Dittoheads could care less on minor or major issues.

    August 17, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Nobody correct her. Facts give her migraines.

    August 17, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Vote-man

    I never, ever thought I'd say this, but this crop of Repub candidates makes little Georgie Bush look smart.

    August 17, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. maggie

    what a complete idiot... first the John Wayne thing now this... anyone who votes fors this woman is just as much of an idiot as she is.

    August 17, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Birth, death, tomaytoe, tomahtoe ...

    August 17, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Honestuck

    Okay, so she got Elvis' birthday wrong, atleast we did not have to send in 200,000 US soldiers to correct that mistake. No lives were lost, nobody was laid off, no one had to file for bankruptcy. Get real people, we have much bigger problems than a presidential candidate mistaking Elvis' deathday for his birthday.

    August 17, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Ron

    Nice to see the King of Rock being honored by the Queen of Stupid even if it wasn't the anniversary of Elvis' birthday. Folks, if this nitwit can't get basic information like this correct, how can she run this country?

    August 17, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Joyce

    Seem I remember BO saying that there were WHAT 57 states in this country. Talk about stupid. How about Joe Biden you can't make his mistakes up. Like calling out a guy to stand up when the guy is paralyzed. That is stupid. Then Bo coulnd't remember is own kids birthday – HELLO! I'm doubtful he can remember his own birthday, birth certificate, place of birth or his college records. This is the pot calling the kettle black. You haters which is seem DEMONcrats are need to get a life.

    August 17, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. GOP hates Middle Class

    57 states. LOLing at the Bachmann defender trolls. That's their one tired line. And the other ones that like to talk about teleprompters! Too rich, like none of the GOP use one. Grasping at straws, it's understandable - it's all one can do when trying to defend the indefensible.

    August 17, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Mindie from India

    Gawd Kim settle down – it's too bad your 'heros' are all idiots....but then the conservative mind really can't understand too much at once.

    August 17, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Dirk Wladon

    This LOON has fallen off of the curb and bumped her damn head, again! 😉

    August 17, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Dana

    OK, anyone can get an entertainer's birthday and date of death wrong. But if I"m going to make a speech heard by millions of potential supporters I'm going to make damn sure of my facts before spewing!! The fact that she didn't check the dates out beforehand shows a disturbing carelessness and even more disturbing cluelessness about her audience's knowledge of the real facts. Other politicians have made gaffs, but this gaffe shows an unbelievably non-presidential lack of judgement.

    August 17, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    And since all you are complaining about the "hate" toward moron Michelle, may I point out that over 6,000 folks have passed it to Facebook and that is why it is "trending",

    Must be something in the article or comments that a lot of folks find worthy of passing on.

    Of course, it could be a "conspiracy" by all the Time employees that passed it on and say "See, this is proof, there is NO becoming picture out there of Manic Michelle", since she does look glass eyed stupid in this pic too!

    August 17, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. cf

    First she confuses John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy, and now she mixes up a birthday and a date of death. Does she even know how to use "the Google"?

    I can just see her as President: "Bomb Afghanistan and send disaster aid to North Dakota. Gotcha..... Oops, I mixed them up!"

    August 17, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Solid

    "Stop listening to Fox and Limbaugh and go get someone to read a book to you."

    Solid advice indeed.

    August 17, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Slim_Sammy

    So what? Everyone forgets their *friends'* birthdays. Why should it matter if someone forgets the birthday of some celebrity they never met?

    August 17, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Keith in NJ

    If she were asked what her favorite Elvis song is she would respond "A Hard Days Night". No wait I don't think she knows who the Beatles or if she does she will say that if she is president she will bring the Beatles back together. Bachman/Palin 2012 because God does have a snese of humor.

    August 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    "Seem I remember BO saying that there were WHAT 57 states in this country. Talk about stupid."

    Then-candidate Obama was pretty tired after a long day of campaigning. I think Bachmann made the mistake because she either had a migraine coming on or her brain just can't keep facts straight (John Wayne vs John Wayne Gacy comes to mind).

    August 17, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Byrd

    Promised Land? It's a Chuck Berry song and Elvis never even sang all of the verses. But then I guess they are kinda similar because Elvis always dropped or forgot the middle verses and Bachman continually leaves out simple things like facts and substance. Bachman's a dangerously bad joke who'd be better off calling BR-549 instead of Tidewater 5309.

    August 17, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. detroit12

    Sarah Palin Part 2!! IDIOT

    August 17, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Interesting factoids about Bachmann:

    – When she was running for Congress in Minnesota, her official bio said she was born in Minnesota; now that she's running for President, her official bio says she was born in Iowa.

    – She's a follower of Francis Schaeffer, who produced a series of videos who preached the "inerrancy" of the Bible, the necessity of a Biblical world view and that the Bible is the final authority. (He also believed that the US government is controlling its citizens by putting psychotropic drugs in the water supply).

    – She is also a subscriber to the theory of "Dominionism," which believes that Christians, and Christians alone, are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns.

    And, as everyone knows, now that she has the national spotlight, she's totally distancing herself from previous, emphatic, anti-gay comments. We all know that she thinks being gay is Satanic, that gay people are "enslaved" and that her husband makes a living in part by trying to "cure" gays of their homosexuality.

    Keep these things in mind, folks ...

    August 17, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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