Today is Mahatma Gandhi’s 140th birthday. The October 2 birthday message from Barack Obama is awkward if not downright historically inaccurate. We are sure he means well. We just wish he knew a little bit more about historical events.
I’m sure that if Barack Obama had gone to elementary school in the United States, he might would have a better grasp on American history. As it is, however, he seems to be prone to these odd little gaffes that expose his lack of understanding of time lines, who lived when and how many states are in the country. Case in point is a speech he gave to honor the venerated Mohandas K. Gandhi on his October 2nd birthday.
As those of us who studied American history know, Martin Luther King, Jr. studied Mahatma Gandi’s struggle to win Indian Independence from Britain through non-violent means. King patterned his own struggle after Gandhi and used the same methods to successful protest for civil rights for Blacks in the 1950s and 1960s.
In his speech today, Obama seemed to imply that King was personally tutored by Ghandi when King went to India in 1959. Ghandi, however, died in 1948. That would be similar to Obama having been conceived when his parents marched in the Selma, Alabama civil rights march on ‘Bloody Sunday’ (March 7, 1965). That was an interesting assertion he made considering he was born in 1961. Whoops. Yet another gaffe. There again, he didn’t get the whole time-line thing that he might have learned in an American classroom had he gone to one in elementary school.
Here is the confusing segment of his statement:
On behalf of the American people, I want to express appreciation for the life and lessons of Mahatma Gandhi on the anniversary of his birth. This is an important moment to reflect on his message of non-violence, which continues to inspire people and political movements across the globe. …
Americans owe an enormous measure of gratitude to the Mahatma. His teachings and ideals, shared with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his 1959 pilgrimage to India, transformed American society through our civil rights movement. The America of today has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi and the nonviolent social action movement for Indian independence which he led.
Don’t worry about this latest gaffe tarnishing the President in any way. He will continue to be the most wonderfulest president evah! The press ignores his gaffes, his ardent supporters are deaf and blind by his repetitious rhetoric and he just smiles and moves on to the next one, oblivious as usual.
Let’s see what some other people are writing about today.
Villainous Company – A picture is worth a thousand words … as our Soldier’s wait …. and wait …. and wait ….
blatherings blog has noted that the ENTIRE PLANET has rejected the Obamakins. Oprah cried, btw. Grown woman. She cried.
Nice Deb has some info on David Axelrod’s reaction to Obama’s Olympic failure. ‘It’s not his fault!!! It’s not his fault!!! He’s the anointed one!!! Don’t those crazy Euro neanderthal dudes know that??!!?? What’s wrong with them!!! WAAAAAHHHAAAAAA!!!!!’ That’s not really what he said. I just made that up. You can see it for yourself on her blog.
Weasel Zippers has a MUST SEE video of a CNN anchor who just can’t believe Obama couldn’t make Chicago look like a-just-lovely-place-that-isn’t-full-of-gang-violence-no-it-really-isn’t-trust-me-yes-you-can to anyone other than himself and his fellow gazillionaires who have luxury homes in the ’safe’ areas of Chicago. Even that magic golden tongue couldn’t pull that one off.
Big Government is reporting that people in the U.K. are starting to see ‘climate change’ as just another excuse to get more money from the people. Yeah, ya think?
Red State thinks the October 2 Birthday Message From Barack Obama about Gandhi is just poorly worded, not that he doesn’t know who was where, when in the great time-line of events in the world. However, he also thinks that Obama should set an example of how to use the English language properly. Sheesh.
Back to our original topic. Barack Obama claims that he has found a lot of inspiration in Mahatma Gandhi. In answering questions posed by school children he said he’d most like to have dinner with Gandhi. This, of course, is quite interesting since he apparently didn’t know that he died before Martin Luther King, Jr. went to India. Of course, that comes back to that darned time-line thing that Obama seems to have so much trouble with.
You will also notice that Obama is frequently answering questions from school children. We don’t know if he takes his teleprompter along, although we are told he doesn’t go anywhere without it. But should be be teleprompter-less, then these questions are much safer than what he might get from actual adults. Just saying.
Obama speaks about Mahatma Gandhi – Video