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. ToldUso

    She's pure gold- if you're a comedian!

    August 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. logic in LA

    Sounds like her plan for America- Kill it off and then say Happy Birthday!

    August 16, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Mike in Texas

    Better for one to think you are a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

    At least she is consistent with being factually wrong. And please spare the Obama 57 state thing. If you listen to all of what he said and how he said it you knew he meant 50. However, I doubt those haters have bothered to listen to what he says.

    August 16, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. rhumba

    This photo is another great "stepford candidate" shot!!!

    August 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Jay

    What a scary photo. Matches the thoughts on this woman being POTUS.

    I saw her on all 4 Sunday shows this week after she won the Ames Poll. She had the same, tired BS talking points on all 4 shows. No substance, just dodge and evade questions.

    Mrs. Bachmann, being President involves more than just cutting spending. Wake up and realize that, dummy.

    August 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    OK – I'm not saying that I expect someone running for President to know that. But, if you're going to blare the music from your bus and open your speech with that little tidbit, don't you think you ought to check your facts? That's the problem with the Tea-publicans; they just make things up as they go along and call it the facts.

    August 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Gothaze

    Ahh good ole Elvis oughta being turning in his grave. This proves even more that facts dont mean Shiggidy to this Hostage negotiator. I mean really Michelle, if i may call you that...seems to me to be a tax evader. She taughts having some 20 foster kids at one time or another. If i do my calculations the states pays for the care if these kids. Re-inbursted by the very goverment thats to big spends to much and is broken. So on the concervative side you have 10 depends your tax burden falls to zero in most cases. 20 means we owe you. So at any given time she and hubby where recieving 5k to 10k for the kids, and thats right folks no a penny in taxes.

    August 16, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. d. whynot

    Welcome back Sarah!!!!

    August 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    She is so out of touch on anything that comes out of her mouth...........She makes me sick as well

    August 16, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Kwesoe

    It's the migraines. Or could be an early onset of the dementia.

    August 16, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Ed

    Who cares the person is dead and I wouldn't know his birthday from his death day.

    Can we see some news that's worth reporting this is another reason we can't get great people to run for office all the BS that has nothing to do with the job she is seeking.

    Get a life people balance the budget, term limits, no voting yourself a raise, and no retirement benfits that you don't put anything into it.

    August 16, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. seriously???

    I guess she meant Elvis dying and being reborn in Heaven.

    I can't stand this woman as much as I can't stand Palin, but this is hardly a news item, even for the ticker.

    August 16, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Lando

    Bachman and Palin are the same....all mouth..no truth but distortion and lies

    August 16, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. independent voter

    Now she alienated Elvis's fans. The only group that's gonna vote for her are the teabaggers

    August 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Ray E. Georgia

    Well,
    Slow news day? Ok, maybe tomorrow things will pick up. YOU AIN'T NOTHIN BUT A HOUND DOG. CRYING ALL THE TIME.

    August 16, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Independent Texan

    Surprised ???? Hell, we all know she`s really a blond.

    August 16, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Santa Claus

    This naughty little girl is getting jack squat this year.

    August 17, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  18. Anonymous

    YAWN!!! Why is this tiresome hag still around?

    August 17, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. Philojazz

    So now if Ms Bachmann says she is going to lead us to a "new beginning", will it really mean "the end"?

    August 17, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. frank

    can anybody imagine the entertainment this gal could prode the world from the white house?

    August 17, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  21. milflover

    Big Deal.

    August 17, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  22. fuzzytacos

    and.....who cares.

    August 17, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. Texas Ranger

    And The Democrats don't make any mistakes.....right? Here is a dandy from our current VP. "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened." –Joe Biden, apparently unaware that FDR wasn't president when the stock market crashed in 1929 and that only experimental TV sets were in use at that time, interview with Katie Couric, Sept. 22, 2008

    August 17, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. Ilovepez

    I know...it's the presidents fault that her facts are incorrect...yeah yeah that's it...after all if there is one thing she and her gop friends know how to do best and often, it's blame the president for everything! It's been raining here hard for three days now, the sun came up for a short time last night and now it looks like the rain is returning...guess the president is doing his rain dance in washington again...yeah yeah that's it!

    August 17, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  25. Statman29

    Yes, this IS a news item. When someone running for the most important job in the world gets up in front of a crowd of people and can't even get a simple fact like that correct shows a total lack of intelligence. And by the way, if Obama had committed the same gaffe what would the Tea-Baggers (who SHOULD be tea-bagged) have said?

    August 17, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
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