Michele Bachmann's John Quincy Adams Gaffe Is Proof She Can't Lead (VIDEO)


michele bachmann good morning americaIf you've been listening to just about anything she says, it's clear that Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's star may be falling just as quickly as it's risen. Given her recent "John" gaffes -- on John Wayne Gacy vs. John Wayne, then on John Quincy Adams possibly hopping in a DeLorean to not only hang out with his dad and George Washington as a Founding Father, but to also chill with Abe Lincoln and "work tirelessly until slavery was no more" -- it's almost as if she's trying to outdo each slip-up she makes, one after the other in quick succession. It's the kind of track record that practically puts blooper-pro boneheads like George W. Bush and Sarah Palin to shame. (In fact, Bachmann holds the the worst record of any of the presidential contenders for making false statements.) You almost feel bad for her.

I say almost because when she was given the chance yesterday on Good Morning America to admit that she was wrong, then wrong again, she decided to stand by and DEFEND her blundered statements.

When George Stephanopoulos prodded her to clarify what the hell she was talking about in regard to John Quincy Adams (sixth PotUS circa 1825-29) being a Founding Father, she decided to claim that Adams was "certainly part of the Revolutionary War era ... He was a young boy but he was actively involved." Huh?? Well, he was the son of second President and Founding Father John Adams, but at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, JQA was all of 9 years old. And she also continues to argue that he was instrumental in "eradicating slavery," which officially occurred in 1863, 15 years after he died. Oy. Vey.

Who does that?! I'll tell ya who. Someone who is NOT prepared to be President of the United States.

Her stubborn refusal to admit she's wrong paired with the backtracking and twisted, circular logic is proof positive that Bachmann would be a nightmarish leader.

No matter what your political affiliation, we can all agree that we want a leader who will be honest with us, who can admit that they've screwed up. A President of the U.S. who can't admit and learn from their mistakes is not only useless but dangerous! Hello, LBJ and Nixon -- two presidents who couldn't admit that the Vietnam War was a mistake, that it was time to get the hell out of there. And so more men were sent off to fight and die in that money pit of a war. Or how about all these Republicans who are so hot for Reaganomics (aka tax cuts for the wealthy), a policy that has proved a failure time and again?

It's embarrassingly clear that Michele Bachmann doesn't know anything about history, but we as U.S. voters should. And when it comes to electing a president who not only doesn't have a clue, but can't admit she doesn't -- well, it's obviously our best interest not to let history repeat itself. 

If you want to cringe some more, here's the video of her interview with Stephanopolous.


What do you think -- is it a bad sign she can't admit she's wrong?


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Amy L. Keyishian

Okay. I think she's an idiot, but I think I get what she was saying here: John Adams was a founding father, and never owned slaves. His son, John Quincy Adams, *did* work tirelessly to end slavery, though he didn't succeed in his lifetime and was considered a bit of a crank and a weirdo by his contemporaries. So I guess, you know, she just conflated a few things. This isn't nearly as bad as her John Wayne Gacy gaffe.


How many states are there again? Should we talk through God Save The Queen IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN? Should we give the UK Prime Minister DVD's that don't work in Europe?

Does everyone put foot in mouth at times? Yes!

I guess this is proof that we'll put just anyone in the White House.

Doesn't anyone want to talk about anything but Michell Bachmann today? You guys must be shaking in your boots!! LMAO!!!

rerra... rerratron

I want to see strong, intelligent women involved in politics- in every political persuasion. Michele Bachmann is just proving that she is not one of those women. I may not agree with the GOP on much, if anything, but they owe it to themselves to find more intelligent, capable women to represent their views!

nonmember avatar Gertie

Agree with Amy. I am not a Michelle Bachmann supporter but I find it highly distressing that so many people are so quick to call women candidates "stupid". And it's women who are often doing it!! Haven't we gotten past this? I mean come on.

rerra... rerratron

Also, WHY can't she just admit she's slipped up on some historical reference? She made a mistake, as everyone does. Why can't she stop being so stubborn and just answer a question with a direct answer? The public is entitled to truly understand her views, and her behavior is completely frustrating.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

I think Michelle Bachmann IS an intelligent woman, but I do agree that she's not prepared to lead. She's human, but part of what we want from a president is the illusion of near perfection. Obama, of course has made gaffes, but he has been pretty consistent about coming across as informed. She needs to better prepare herself (or hire a better team) for interfaces with the media and public, because goodness, right now she's coming across like a buffoon. And she's not.

LKRachel LKRachel

Agree w a lot of people here. everyone is allowed to make mistakes but she has made several glaring ones that would be simply unacceptable for a commander in chief.

If Only Hilary had been the dem nominee last year maybe we'd have a strong female president! But sadly it seems like we're going to get more glamour candidates than serious ones.

parri... parrishsky

Just another pretty face...

Troys... TroysMommy1220

Again, we're talking about Michelle Bachmann's screw ups and we bring Obama into it. When will you guys just admit she screwed up, and she does it a lot? This isn't an Obama post, it's a Bachmann post.

nonmember avatar Joseph McBride

While Bachmann mangled some of the facts, you should know that John Quincy Adams did a major service in helping end slavery by successfully defending the African captives in the Amistad case before the US Supreme Court (1841).

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