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. GL

    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.

    August 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Alan Farber

    Did she know which one of the 57 states he was born in?

    August 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. kayla

    now you know she is not an elvis fan.

    August 16, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    AWW, give her SOME credit; she got the Elvis part right.

    August 16, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Indeependant

    I thought she was only acting Deaf or Dumb. But, with the last Meet the Press interview and today's episode, she confirmed that she IS "DEAF and DUMB".

    August 16, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I say she is correct. Isn't today the anniversay of Elvis beginning his new life in Heaven?

    August 16, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. ja

    the woman didn't flub, look at those eyes, they tell the story, anybody nowadays with fifty cents can hold office

    August 16, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Tony

    Getting her facts or history right is not Bachmann's strong point.

    August 16, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    ....it just keeps getting better and better. And people actually think this nitwit is presidential material??? She has already at least doubled the verbal flubs Obama has provided and she's only been around a year at most.

    August 16, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Good grief!

    She probably knows about as much about politics as she does about Elvis. Dingbat !!

    August 16, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Texas Doc

    Like I keep telling everyone, she is the perfect Republican. All talk, no clue as to how to fix problems, just say No to everything, and facts are irrelevant. What a doofus, I hope she wins the nomination so we can finally wash our hands of the GOTea Party. What a joke.

    August 16, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. A Kickin` Donkey

    LIfe, death what`s the difference, ehh Michele?

    Fruedian slip? Like most "pro-life" Republicans, she seems to care little about the quality of Life for people once born and is probably a staunch defender of the "Dealth Penalty" executions.

    But shhh, she doesn`t want to talk about her "big government, right-wing social engineering plans for the theocracy she wants to implement.

    August 16, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Squigman

    This picture speaks volumns. This is truely the look of a person who's gone completely stark staring nuts.

    August 16, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. cherrystraweberry

    There is something seriously wrong with this woman.

    August 16, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Stacey

    It doesn't matter what photo Bachmann takes – she always looks certifiable! She doesn't think about anything that comes out of her mouth. She just blurts it out! Bachmann is a classic lunatic.

    August 16, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. WiredweirdinSF

    At least she admits she is on a campaign tour and is using campaign money rather than taxpayer money, unlike that corrupt, inept, competent, union toady that is our president until January 2013.

    August 16, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Greg Smith

    Just think how well she would be able to deal with a National Security briefing paper if she can't even get her campaign briefing notes correct.

    August 16, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. xy55

    What kind of photograph is this. Is this another attempt to make her look like crazy? Was this photograph doctored or is she really like this? Scary!

    August 16, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. DIANA

    I would have loved to see the audiences reaction when she did that. Doesn't know history, doesn't know geography, doesn't know general trivia. Yup, she'd make a great President.

    August 16, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. mark from HIlo

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Give it up to the next President of the States America Unitied!

    August 16, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Ian

    Is that what happens on birthdays? Oh geez, I've gotta get some things in order...

    August 16, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Embarrased Conservative

    A couple mishaps is one thing. But it happens with her very frequently. She needs to be near perfect and she is way to far from it.

    August 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. don

    It's not a mistake!!!! It's the day Elvis went to see Jesus so it is his spiritual birthday. Don't you media guys know anything?

    August 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. CONGUERO

    OK, now... Don't be cruel.

    August 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    No one ever accused her of being up on cultural history. Given her religious background, the only thing she probably knows about The King is his two Grammy awards were for Gospel music, not Rock or Rockabilly.

    August 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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