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. Mr Bittner

    At least she doesn't have to be on TV to prove she is not smarter than a fifth grader. She does it just by opening her mouth time and time again. And to think there are people who want her finger on the launch button

    August 17, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Robert

    This has always been the norm for Michelle Bachmann and her pal, making up stuff. It's their only way of sort of passing for coherent.

    August 17, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. DC from NJ

    Typical Bachmann. Down is up, night is day, right is left, and dead is alive. Please put her out to pasture with Sarah.....

    August 17, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. LisaG

    Someone PLEASE get her a teleprompter!

    August 17, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. john

    Just like the tea party, knows so little!

    August 17, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. John

    This just go to show you just how dumb Michele Bachmann Really Is. This Is NOT the First time she say something that was wrong. The only good thing she good at Is Complain about someone else and LIE. She keep saying she could run this country better, well will all the dept she and her husband own. She can't even manage there own dept ,so how Is she going to do a better JOB running this Country. And American People don't need the Tea Party telling her what to do, Because If that happen we are all screw.

    August 17, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. ozilot

    Does anyone, anyone outside of the Tea-Party, really think Bachmann will survive the primary season let alone be the GOP nominee, seriously?!?!?

    August 17, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. CmnSnse0618

    It's amazing how many of you are quick to jump and cut her throat on this......so she mixed up some historical singers birthday and day of death...how many of you knew his death was on the 16th??? Not many of you....well not before this anyway.

    If you want to talk about things that matter, how about attacking Obama's belief in 59 states? How about Biden's constant gaff's......they NEVER end....that guy is so far ahead of anyone else its not even funny.....but then you are scared about a POTENTIAL president not knowing some dead entertainers birthday???

    Get a clue.

    August 17, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. Byrd

    Promised Land is a Chuck Berry song, but then Bachman is never one to let facts get in the way of senseless rhetoric.

    August 17, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. Rob

    Obama said there was 57 states with 1 left to visit. How quickly we forget.

    August 17, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Blues Musician

    I think elvis is a great representation of Michelle Bacmann's ideals. He was pretty, white and loud, popular with the ignorant and uneducated, and had 800 ideas but nothing original.

    Last I saw the Backmann bus.. it was playing Promised Land. A Chuck Berry song written in 1964, and performed by 6 other artists before Pressley decided to take credit for it, many consider it one of Pressley's best.

    August 17, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. crazylady

    democrats all over the u.s. should be lobbying for this woman. if she gets the gop nomination you can basically skip the election and tell obama he's got four more years. what a dolt. On a side note, I think she meant to wish america a happy birthday....or wait would that be wrong too?!?!?! i think her stupid is contagious

    August 17, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. john locke

    Can't wait for the Katie Couric interview!!!!

    August 17, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. JC

    I'm convinced that Bachmann and Palin received their education from the same place – the University of Ignorance! This blunder would not have happened if her campaign manager had gotten the facts straight before falling off the Bachmann mobile (bus). I'm sure we will see this relived on SNL!

    August 17, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. Canuck

    The GOP race gets more scarey by the day. Could you see she and Sarah Palin running the show? Now, there's nut bar Rick Perry who blames Katrina on an act of God, wanted to secede from the US and calls Beranke a traitor.Heaven help you!

    August 17, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. Jack

    Ok she's OUT Not that she had a chance anyways

    August 17, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. barb

    the scary part is that she's smarter than rick perry.

    August 17, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  18. Grace

    No doubt she graduated from the Palin school of knowledge with a magna come lordy

    August 17, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. hecep

    I'm looking at her eyes, and thinking, "Apple juice. Apple juice flood." Alright. You had to see the movie.

    August 17, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Obamabus

    Geez, that's almost as bad as saying there are 57 states

    August 17, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. shawn

    God she's dumb. It's frankly amazing that anybody would want this dingbat to be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. No thanks.

    August 17, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. ALKP

    The woman has "IDIOT" written all over her face.

    August 17, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. louisiana brandon

    woww and this is supposed to run our country republicans mabye you should search for another candidate the people you have running are stupid

    August 17, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. NoTags

    Michele is totally representative of the tea party intelligence.

    August 17, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Gary Swanson

    Maybe Michelle just shouldn't speak.

    August 17, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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