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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I Demand That Obama Recite The Longfellow Poem From Memory

Without a teleprompter.

And if he gets any details wrong, or if any historian disagrees (even if many agree), he has no business being President.

The text is here, follow along:

(Elevated from Video of the Day at request of commenter LukeHandCool.)

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  1. He can't do the poem but I bet he can recite the Koran!

  2. Haha!!

    Unbeknownst to many Americans, a visit to the museum at Ellis Island with a cursory search reveals that "Biden" was originally "Blooper."

    Don't forget ... he was put on the ticket to lend it "gravitas."

    How's that workin' out?

  3. Its like a poem is actual history or something

    "I'm not a historian but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night"

  4. P.S. Professor, our daughter, Emily, has a summer internship at E! Channel in the Programming and Aquisitions Dept.

    I'll ask her to visit the Diversity Dept. and float the idea of a conservative info/comedy/entertainment show, tentatively called, "Willy Wonkobson & the Conservative Chockablock Factory."

  5. Van Halen said... "He can't do the poem but I bet he can recite the Koran!"

    Actually, he can and with a perfect Arabic accent: "Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the [Islamic] call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

  6. Oh come one. That's asking way too much from someone who appears to forget what he meant to do a few minutes after he stood up to do it.

    After awarding the Medal of Freedom, Obama appeared to almost forget to give his toast. He reached down to the head table -- where the first lady was seated in a sequined, cream-colored, sleeveless gown by designer Naeem Khan -– and grabbed his glass of champagne.
    “I’ve got to do the toast,” he said to laughter from the audience.

    Makes me wonder (again, after getting the date 3 years wrong) if he is zoning out with some medicinal help.

  7. My understanding is that Palin was asked what she "learned" from her visit to the Old North Church, not what she knew from grade school history class. Nowhere in any of the reports I've read has anyone reported what she was told by the folks she met in the Old North Church. It would be an interesting exercise in journalism for one of these "de-riders" to ask her hosts there what they told her.

  8. a bit off topic but this illustrates the mindset of the lefty. I know it has been done to death but wow....do we really live rent-free in their heads?


  9. I don't know if it's the Teleprompter or not, but he doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to Asthma treatment in general. Acute flares happen and require emergency department care. Just about every asthmatic patient I see has a "rescue inhalor". When they work, they don't call 9-1-1. When they call 9-1-1 it's because their medications can't control the flare.

    So, whether he's Teleprompter dependent or not, he's full of crap.

  10. Barack Obama's versions of U.S. History often fall far short of the mark. He makes stuff up about the "themes" of our history. I don't feel like listening to him very often, but I've commented before on the things he says about our industrial history, for example.

    Sarah, I think, gets the central ideas right more often.

  11. I loved the scene in "Saving Weiner's Privates," when General Marshall quotes President Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, and determinedly tells his staff, "We are going to find that congressman, and we are going to get him the hell out of there."

    But why did Spielberg leave General Walsh's inspirational talk on the cutting-room floor?

    LukeHandCool (who, shameless name-dropper that he is, recalls the time his sister asked him to accompany her on a delivery to her customer, Mr. Spielberg's house. And who, dopey kid that he was, actually thought he might personally hand over the merchandise to Mr. Spielberg. But who nonetheless was impressed by the Jurassic Park-like gate, and the firm warning from the intercom not to stop the car, but to slowly drive the car along the U-shaped driveway ... that a security person would approach the car and take the delivery, after which we were to exit the other gate. But who, some time later, found himself eating lunch at the Brentwood Country Mart at the table next to Mr. Spielberg. And who heard some amazing stories from Mr. Spielberg's gofer at my sisters' store).

  12. Linked at Instapundit. I'm not surprised that something that made me laugh that loud that early in the morning tickles other peoples' funny bones, too.

  13. And if he gets any details wrong, or if any historian disagrees (even if many agree), he has no business being President.

    Aw, that's harsh. Sure he has business being President; we elected him (unfortunately for us).

    I would say, however, that WE have no business holding Sarah Palin to a higher standard than we require of our sitting President. He can say "57 states" and "corpse-man" and have it laughed off; she answers a "gotcha" question incoherently (but correctly), and it's a nationwide scandal.

    Why should that be? Are we giving the President an Affirmative Action pass that we wouldn't give to a white candidate? Just asking...

  14. I'd be happy if he could recite the Preamble to the Constitution... even the flawed version from Schoolhouse Rock.

  15. Obama is celebrated as an intellectual, yet he time and again demonstrates extremely poor judgement. He has analysis paralysis. Obama is NOT an effective leader. I doubt he's a good professor either. He hit the affirmative action lottery and had powerful Arab money behind his academic career. He was a poor student at Occidental College and suddenly gets into Columbia, the coward refuses to release his Columbia or Harvard transcripts, but we know he did not make the Dean's List at Columbia even once, yet he miraculously gets into Harvard Law!? Harvard Law is probably the most difficult graduate program to get into in the ENTIRE WORLD! They routinely turn away applicants with PERFECT GRADES! So we know Obama was an C-B student, yet was chosen for the elite Harvard Law school program? WHAT BS!