No one in mainstream media seems inclined to mention Barack Obama’s horrifying mistake last Thursday when, speaking at Fort Drum, he said that SFC Jared Monti was “the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Alas, he was mistaken. He awarded the Medal of Honor to Jared Monti posthumously in 2009 and awarded the Medal of Honor in person to SSG Sal Giunta in person in 2011. Obama later apologized for this mistake, but it’s really dismaying that a president who spoke movingly and even eloquently in awarding the Medal of Honor made a mistake of this magnitude.
“It shouldn’t take a teleprompter for the C-in-C to get it right,” writes military blogger Black Five. It’s interesting that mainstream media journalists who are so eager to zing Michele Bachmann for getting John Wayne’s birthplace wrong, have not been interested in asking whether this was a mistake Obama made in ad libbing or whether the White House speechwriters and fact-checkers fell down on the job. You might think that their chief motive is to make Obama look good and to suppress facts that make him look bad. Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/06/mainstream-media-covers-horrifying-obama-mistake#ixzz1QdcwUpFlPoint of post? Just to demonstrate that conservatives can match, stroke for stroke, every rhetorical mistake the liberal community cares to "expose." Let's never forget Obama's solution to bring in oil from the Middle East. With words to this effect, he had this ingenious comment: "All we have to do to counter our need for Middle Eastern oil is to properly air up our tires and tune up our cars." Then there was the "shovel ready job" thingy. All of us aging contractors knew that was crap (he finally admitted there were no such jobs, btw). And we have the dark genius talking about visiting the 57 states "or was it 58." Some of his earlier "embellishments" are documented here, in a left leaning Politico article.
The difference between the Left and Right regarding "verbiage error" is found in the treatment of same. The Right laughs about and moves on. The Left always takes the mistake to the next level, using it to argue for the irrationality or stupidity of their latest victim. They did it with Bush 43, Sarah Palin, Supreme Court Thomas, and, of late, Michele Backmann. The Right wants to argue substance, the Left would much rather destroy their opponent in personal and trivial-minded ways. It is just the way they role.
Look what they have done with "evolution." You do not believe in it? Well, that makes you stupid. Never mind the fact that they - the pro-evolution crowd - have no choice but to believe in the eternity of some form of matter and the eternity of molecular motion. Where did matter come from? They do not know. What put all those particles into motion? Again, they do not know. Never mind the fact that there is not enough time for evolution to do its thing, on this earth. Never mind that the only demonstrable evolutionary process occurs in beings that measure under one centimeter in length. And never mind that my sons have heard the subject debated in college and came away surprised that the "anti-evolutionist" was able to effectively defend his position.
And, now, they are doing the same sort of thing with "man caused global warming." One of the several blogs I author or manage is this one on "global warming." Click on the link, if you dare.
If you are a lib, do yourself a favor and deal with the issues instead of laughing them off. Politically speaking and in today's political economy, we may be looking at a paradigm shift, away from mindless and defenseless chatter (i.e. pretending that calling the unborn a "fetus" means it is not an unborn child) and towards a demand for provable and reliable function. Three years of Obama has not helped in this department.