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

    Can you imagine her as President? She'd hit the button to launch nukes thinking she was only tweeting! How can so many people support her? This country is full of idiots!!!

    August 17, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Capt Nemo

    >Obama saying the USA is made up of 57 states

    If you cannot see the difference between a fatigued candidate saying "57 states" when he meant "47 states" and someone who simply can't get basic facts straight time and time again, actively avoids the media, and calls every substantial question a "gotcha", then I hope you don't vote...

    August 17, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Silva

    I am all for ripping this bigoted dingleberry of a candidate a new rear hole, but if you are going to attack he, attack her for flubs that matter: American political hsitory, the American economy...and of course, the freedom of choice of light bulbs. Too bad hers is off so often.

    August 17, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Diane

    Who is the campaign going to blame for this wild, crazy looking photo of this woman now? Maybe Newsweek was actually on to something! She is as scary as HE double L!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Dani

    I'm just wondering why this is news...CNN is really bending over backward to make anyone but Obama look bad. Epic fail CNN. Please get to the real news, and stop wasting our time with this kind of trash.

    Maybe because Obama's not on every news channel sounding like an imbecille? Why come read the article if you're looking for "real news?" CNN has many news stories; go read them and just avoid these types of articles, otherwise, read the articles and deal with the comments that you know are coming. Why punish yourself? LOL!

    August 17, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Denny

    Why isn't Sarah Palin your top story today? She usually is.

    August 17, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. sheppard

    @Ed – the problem is – if you don't know,fine, but then keep your mouth shut. She has tried to make Elvis a part of her campaign -trying to look 'cool' – with all the music, references, etc, but now she looks like a hypocrite. Do you need someone to draw you a picture?

    August 17, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Enough Already

    This boob makes me laugh more than Sarah Palin.

    August 17, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. TM

    She doesn't believe the facts of WHERE where the President was born, and she doesn't know WHEN the "King" was born. Is Michelle Bachmann actually too STUPID to be a "Birther"?

    August 17, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Frank Huff

    Typical politician. she tries to show she knows stuff, knowledgeable, but in fact she knows nothing. If she just parrots out what the handlers tell her to say, she probably in better shape

    August 17, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. George

    This train hasn't even left the station and already it's coming off the tracks.

    August 17, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. W2lucky

    Run Forest, Run!

    August 17, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. scientificpoetry

    I am embarrased that I'm a registered republican. The religious right has completely taken over the party. I'm changing my party affiliation to independent. Michelle Bachman is an idiot – as are many of the republicans running for president. It's frightening to think that a couple republican candidates believe in Mormonism (which is simply laughable) and the rest seem to take the bible as a book of factual information. I'm out... I'm finished... I'm going independent. You republicans are absolutely out of your minds. If there is this all powerful, all knowing God, then why are idiots like you running for president!?

    August 17, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Dan

    "Now she has that Newsweek cover look again"

    I'd say, she does look like a maniac. Too much submission, perhaps?

    August 17, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Eileen

    It's interesting that some people feel the best defense here is to point out where Obama has messed up. Not the point. We already know his presidency is not working out. He is likely to be a one term with or without her. The trouble is right now, there is no one else who is viable. It's a pathetic field on both sides right now, looking pretty dim. But simply put, if she can't get the small stuff right, she will never get the big stuff right. And if you blame her support team, only worse, cause as a president, that is where the buck needs to stop. What we need to be more worried about with this one is her subversive messages that tie her religion and literal translation of scripture to be her guiding force (and I am a conservative!) We can't afford that – and if she needs to look any further, she can see how 'well' that works in Iran.

    August 17, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. ScienceSoma

    The fact that this candidate lacks the ability to do a simple 20 second Google search speaks volumes to how she forms her personal knowledge base – her knowledge is anecdotal. Someone said it, she believed it. She does not fact check herself on something so simple and does not have the awareness that facts are checked by everyone now. Why would we believe she would fact check more serious information like economic or foreign policy in using compiled economic data and intelligence reports? Even if she did, her incessant factual errors indicate that she lacks reading comprehension and memory storage, which would make her a poor decision maker. I wish we as a society would move beyond celebrity politics and concern ourselves strictly with who has the mental and character trait strengths to lead America. Like Palin, this candidate is merely a walking bumper sticker

    August 17, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Steve

    Why can't these people take 5 seconds and google things like this, so that they don't make these stupid mistakes?

    August 17, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Robin Bray

    I bet her mouth wants to kill her brain.

    August 17, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. JonDie

    Dear Michelle,

    You just afford these "gotcha" mistakes. Next time write it down on the palm of your hand.

    Your friend and admirer,

    Sarah Palin

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. JonDie

    By the way, the Republican political correction police can whine all they want, but Michelle Bachmann does have the vacant stare of a crazy person.

    August 17, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. ScienceSoma

    Bachmann's being a woman has nothing to do with the fact that she is a poor candidate. Just as she should not be scrutinized more than any other candidate based on her sex, she should not be given any free passes based on it either. She is a walking, squawking platitude machine. Much comes out, but very little sinks in. Politics aside, this woman does not have character traits or abilities for being a strong leader. Though, it seems one of the networks would benefit by hiring her as a talk show host.

    August 17, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Kevin

    This is not as dumb as "I can see Rissia from my house".... But it ranks pretty high.

    August 17, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. James

    Promised Land IS a Chuck Berry song. But Elvis recorded a pretty good version of it in the early '70s and it even appeared in the movie "Men in Black"

    August 17, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. capcitydc

    so just to seem cool and that she's "in touch with the "common folk" she tries to make, and completely flubs, a tribute to Elvis. So if she is truly a self respecting God fearing conservative, what the heck is she doing paying tribute to a drug using womanizing alcoholic that has bad taste in nut hugging white rihinestone jumpsuits? I like Elvis, but he ws no saint.

    August 17, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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