Michele Bachmann fails American Revolution history
Someone go find the dunce cap.
Michele Bachmann tackled American history again in public, and once again gave America good reason to laugh at Minnesota.
She's already flubbed the history of the Founding Fathers and forgotten slavery. This time around, in a heavily promoted speech to a political action committee called the Granite State Patriots, she proudly displayed her ignorance about where the Revolutionary War began.
"What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty," Bachmann said. "You're the state where the shot was heard round the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history."
The Minute Man Statue in Concord, Mass.
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"The shot heard round the world" refers to the opening volleys of the April 19, 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord -- that marked the start of the American Revolution -- more than 60 miles to the south in Massachusetts.
The actual phrase comes from the "Concord Hymn," written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837. It's enshrined on the Minute Man statue that stands by the reconstructed North Bridge in Concord, Mass.
Another intelligence failure.
Bachmann's history failure was no one-off, either. She made repeated references in her speech to New Hampshire being the cradle of the Revolution without any inkling that she knew she was mangling her facts.
The remark demonstrated a surprising lack of basic knowledge about the historical events from which the Tea Party derives its name. It is likely to go down as one of the bigger missteps of the early primary season.
Later she admitted to the screw up on her Facebook page.
"So I misplaced the battles (of) Concord and Lexington by saying they were in New Hampshire. It was my mistake, Massachusetts is where they happened. New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!"
Michele Bachmann wants to be president, and plans to announce her intentions sometime this summer. That's why she was in New Hampshire in the first place. But she can't even get her basic American history right.
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