By Gary P Jackson
I’ve heard some saying it was a tad unfair for Chris Wallace to have asked Michele Bachmann if she was a “flake” on Fox News Sunday. [something Wallace has since apologized for, but Bachmann has refused to accept] Anyhow, after reading this, and knowing Bachmann’s actual record, you might just tend to think Wallace’s question was appropriate.
The Washington Times reports Bachmann [hopefully] got her John Waynes mixed up today when she once again announced she was running for President, in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. In an interview, Bachmann promises to mimic the spirit of “ Waterloo’s John Wayne”
The problem with that is “Waterloo’s John Wayne” is serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Seriously, you can’t make this up!
We all think [hope?] she meant the other John Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison, in Winterset, Iowa. That said, it still shows someone isn’t paying attention to the details, be it her handlers, her speech writers, or Bachmann herself. Not exactly confidence inspiring.
From the Times:
Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.
The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.
Mrs. Bachmann grew up in Waterloo, and used the town as the backdrop for her campaign announcement, where she told Fox News: “Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”
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John Wayne, the movie legend, is in fact from Iowa and the John Wayne birthplace is a celebrated landmark — only it’s in Winterset, which is a nearly three hour drive away from Waterloo.
Gacy, though, had his first taste of the criminal life in Waterloo, where he lived for a short time, and where he had his first criminal conviction for an attempted homosexual assault, which landed him in prison for 18 months.
Here’s video of the interview:
Again, if you can’t get the basics right ………
The Bachmann campaign sent this explanation: “John Wayne is from Iowa, his parents lived in Waterloo.”
What, that’s better?
Yes his parents did in fact live briefly in Waterloo. In fact, according to “Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne,” it’s where they met. But soon after they were married, they moved to Winterset, where Wayne was born.
So now, according to Bachmann campaign, where you were born is now based on where parents lived, briefly, before you were born, and not the actual city where you were actually born in?
My head hurts.