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. REG in AZ

    All the Republicans / Tea Party do is talk; constantly yapping while blocking and faulting all efforts and while catering to the few, their strong supporters, and providing nothing but rhetoric to con the majority and manipulate public opinion. In football they call that “trash mouth”, and that is what it is here ... “trash mouth” talking to disguise their neglect, their total focus on their political agenda aimed to only benefit the few, Bush-Cheney style, literally being “puppets” for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, who “pull their strings”. If you think differently, then you have just been intimidated by “trash mouth” talking.

    August 17, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Hey You

    At least she probably knows there aren't 57 states in the US.

    August 17, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |

    And this is the person who thinks she can lead this country. Almost every single time she has a problem getting her facts straight – she is truly a loser!

    August 17, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Luke Brown

    Ed Rollins put "Elvis" on her talking points for the day. You can't expect her to actually know why. Next week is Paul Revere's birthday. Let's see what she does with that.

    The difference between Biden and Bachman is that he has actually done something with his public career.

    August 17, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. StephensB

    The more our politicians , and , yes , the candidates try to convince us that they ARE just like us , they more they all just look like the self serving criminals they in fact are behind all the populist garbage they throw out to the public .
    The heck with all of them !!!!

    August 17, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. DrJStrangepork

    Not important

    August 17, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. blitherblather

    The more our politicians and candidates try to convince us that they are " just like you and me " the more they come off as ignorant , self serving , criminals who have absolutely no concern for " you and me " .

    August 17, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Hairball

    Birth, death; it's a fine distinction. Besides, a lot of Christians (and Hindus, etc.) probably agree with her.

    August 17, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Paul

    You do realize that all of Michelle's flubs is an elaborate ruse to make Sarah Palin look presidential in comparison

    August 17, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. edpeters101

    Had to be a submissive message from her hubby! I mean she can't be that stupid, can she?

    August 17, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Super Gus

    Maybe she can borrow Hussein's teleprompter.

    Let's not forget that Hussein has never made a flub before. There are in fact 57 states (of Islam). LONG LIVE THE KOOL-AIDERS. You are so hilarious.

    August 17, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. The TRUTH

    The really sad part about all of this is the clowns that voted her into office and the clowns that support her to be OUR next president!

    August 17, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Mike

    It is becoming increasingly obvious that this women has programed respomses and cannot think on her own. Not exactly presidential material. And for idiot neocons out here who claim she would be better than what we've got I say "If she were a democrat you would be all over her" with criticism.

    August 17, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Rodney

    Since she was in Spartanburg, Ms. Bachmann should've paid tribute to Greenville, SC native Esquerita, who was a major influence on Little Richard.

    August 17, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    The woman is a dim bulb. Who cares?

    August 17, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Randall Munroe

    I really can't stand Bachmann, but ... why on Earth is this a headline?

    August 17, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. The TRUTH

    Hey You said:
    "At least she probably knows there aren't 57 states in the US."
    I not so sure about that. As dumb as she is, she probaly think the world is flat!

    August 17, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. suffolkvirginia

    Don't stare in her eyes , she'll turn you to stone .

    August 17, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Dakota

    Bachman should pick Palin as her running mate. That way we can watch a real life remake of the Dumb and Dumber movie. It will be interesting watching the two bubble heads travel the country together.

    August 17, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Dee

    Knowing Elvis's birthday from the date of his death is not necessary knowledge to run for president. However, checking facts and being accurate and thinking before you talk are! I mean they must of researched the song they palyed...didn't anyone pick up the fact of what day this was???

    August 17, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Kris

    Someone please make this woman go away.

    August 17, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. justme

    Who cares. What does that fact have to do with being the president? nothing. Who cares.

    August 17, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. ken

    incapable of getting facts, crazy eyes possibly sending more troops off to war with maniacal glee written all over her face probably without knowing or caring if another country did any wrong. she is worse then forest gump – stupid is as michelle does. I am ashamed to have her from my home state of minnesota. How stupid can she be to not know that elvis is dead? there are some things people dont forget, 9/11, kennedy assassination, elvis death and challenger explosion. whats next? Happy Birthday JFK – happy birthday Adolf Hitler you great guy you! michelle needs to realise how stupid she is and she is the laughing stock of her party! rest in peace Elvis – you have my permission to haunt her and make her even crazier then she already is!

    August 17, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. The TRUTH

    I guest Gump got it right, "stupid is as Michelle does". I meant "as stupid does".

    August 17, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Anonymous

    When did Obama make the 57 states gaffe? Like two years ago? Is that the only thing the right-wingers can point to, when every one of their candidates does something that would have been career-ending a decade ago? Parry accusing the fed chairman of treason? The fed chairman who was appointed by George W. Bush?

    August 17, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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