In a 2008 interview with George Stephanopoulos, Candidate Obama spoke passionately about his “Muslim faith.” After a few moments, Stephanopoulos gently interjected “your Christian faith” to jog his memory. How helpful of George and how generous of the press to overlook that silly little mistake.
All candidates make mistakes, but all mistakes are not equal. To misstate one’s personal religious faith is no small error. How many Christians who would blunder in that way? Both of Obama’s errors should be deeply troubling because they reveal troubling things about him. Bachmann’s misspeaks are verbal blunders, not signs for concern about her loyalties and core beliefs.
The media instructs us that Congresswoman Bachmann can’t be taken seriously. She has the equivalent of two PhDs in law, is a former Federal Tax Litigator, served in the Minnesota Senate for six years and in the U.S. Congress for four. She has raised five children and been foster parent to 23. But she’s incapable, unserious, ”flaky,” in the words of Chris Wallace.
Obama, by contrast has one degree in Constitutional Law. He was head of the Harvard Law Review but unlike students in that coveted position before him, never wrote anything. He was a Community Organizer associated with Rules for Radicals Saul Alinsky and the now thoroughly disgraced ACORN. He served two terms in the Illinois Legislature where he indecisively voted “present” 130 times. He served four years in the U.S. Senate, spending most of that time campaigning for President. He cannot speak even to a group of children without a teleprompter, but according to the mainstream, he is brilliant.
Every major magazine cover has featured Barack & Michele Obama in the most complimentary way, but none has yet to feature the famous photo of Obama in a fedora, leaning against a wall smoking a cigarette. Michele Bachmann is a beautiful woman. It is difficult to take a bad photo of her, but Newsweek chose a ridiculous one with her eyes opened wide for their cover. It didn’t do much to mar Bachmann’s beauty, but certainly revealed their dangerous bias.
Audiences love Michele Bachmann when they hear her in person, but their own perception is tainted with these distorted accounts and slanders. Even media sophisticates on FOX absorb the poison. Sometimes, as in the case of Chris Wallace, they even inject more of it. Seemingly eager to prove themselves as smart as the New York Times crowd, many fail to make critical assessments counter to those of the elites.
America is a big girl. She can make up her own mind up if the press will do their constitutional duty. Congresswoman Bachmann is a serious candidate. Inconsequential factual errors are not the same as waffling on deeply held views. Never once has she waffled or been unclear on those. Americans must be free to evaluate her based on her record, not some slanderous caricature that obscures a clear view.