(This was lifted from a regular commentator over at Allan Loudell’s blog on WDEL.  It is a response to reports that Obama made more gaffes than Quayle, Biden, and Bush put together.  It is a perfect example how to implode a Republican attack campaign….  )

When I looked up the topic for today, I couldn’t believe it? Really? What a gigantic overstatement: “arguably more factual misstatements on a single occasion than EVER delivered by Joe Biden, George W. Bush, or Dan Quayle.”

Not to mention, but all of you who piled on, none but one of which watched the interview, adding stuff that had no relevance? Unfortunately that is human nature and if Allan was trying to generate interest, the hits on this topic, compared to all others he’s posted this week, sort of bear the judgment that he really is catering to the lowest elements of the American Population, which in this case would be my fellow commentators. (Mr. Pizza surprisingly excluded)

The reason for my disbelief, was that those who watched the interview.. literally thought Obama nailed it. It was an amazing talk, covering the breadth of life in America, and was exceeding long… It takes a lot to get a gaffe past an astute person, but all of these supposed gaffes, were not picked up until haters of Obama had a chance to go over the transcript… And then, they really had to bend over backwards three or four times to make it stick…

Let’s go through them…..

Exhibit A: President Obama confused the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics,

Here is the full transcript…

Leno: Do you think it will affect the Olympics?

THE PRESIDENT: I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They’re athletes, they’re there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it. (Applause.)

Leno: Good enough for me.

We’ll be right back. We’ll talk about the economy when we come back.

Who but the stupidest fool in Christendom would think he is mixing up summer and winter Olympics? He is clearly talking about the spirit of the sport, and incorporating the memories of recent American victories or just last summer. One really has to stretch truth to its lowest level to call that a gaffe. That isn’t journalism. It is pure libel.

Exhibit B: the President goofed on the geography, placing Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Florida along the Gulf coast

Here is the transcript:

Leno: You mentioned infrastructure. Why is that a partisan issue? I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe. How does that become Republican or Democrat? How do you not just fix the bridge? (Laughter and applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know. As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together. Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports. The Panama is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in. Now, that will be finished in 2015. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here.

So this is something that traditionally has been bipartisan. I mean, it used to be Republicans and Democrats, they love cutting those ribbons.

Leno: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: And we’ve got a bunch of construction workers who aren’t working right now. They’ve got the skills. They want to get on the job. It would have a huge impact on the economy not just now, but well into the future. So I’m just going to keep on pushing Republicans to join with us, and let’s try to do it.

Once again… only the worst human being could make the assumption that Obama made a gaffe here… Every person listening verbally knows the —– in the transcript stands for the word “and”.. He took a breath right there!…
So everyone listening interpreted it this way:

If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf (and)— places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here.

And that my silly friends, is a very factual statement.

Exhibit C: Claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin once “headed up the KGB”. (I confess I thought that too. per Allan Loudell) Putin only rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Check out this fact: On 25 July 1998, Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin head of the FSB (the successor agencies to the KGB), the position Putin occupied until August 1999.
That is the reason Allan (myself and Barack) thought he was head of the KGB. Anyone paying attention to global politics in the 1990’s (it looks like only Allan and I were) knows full well the KGB was alive and well in its successor organizations. Probably more appropriately said, would have been “he was their head of intelligence”, but all insiders know, He was really the head of the KGB.. That is a complete factual statement. It is not a gaffe at all.

Only the stupidest person in Christendom would dispute that. Sigh… I’m sure some here will try.

Exhibit D: a probably unwise comparison: “The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately.” (Is that fortunate or unfortunate?)

here is the full transcript:

Leno: What do you say to those cynics who go, oh, this is an overreaction to Benghazi — how do you respond to that?

THE PRESIDENT: One thing I’ve tried to do as President is not over react, but make sure that as much as possible the American people understand that there are genuine risks out there. What’s great about what we’ve seen with America over the last several years is how resilient we are. So after the Boston bombing, for example, the next day folks were out there, they’re going to ball games. They are making sure that we’re not reacting in a way that somehow shuts us down.

And that’s the right reaction. Terrorists depend on the idea that we’re going to be terrorized. And we’re going to live our lives. And the odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately. But there are things that we can do to make sure that we’re keeping the pressure on these networks that would try to injure Americans. And the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to bed is making sure that I’m doing everything I can to keep Americans safe. (Applause.)

When one listens to the tape, it is obviously that the unfortunately means it is unfortunate that people die in either terror attacks or traffic accidents. If you don’t think it is unfortunate to lose someone in a traffic accident, just ask the Vice President what it feels like. He knows. Sorry, but only the stupidest people in Christendom would think that it is “fortunate” that people get killed in either a car accident or terror attack.. Both are unfortunate, and that is exactly the point being made on tape.. Notice not one person notices or gasps; the audience goes right along because, we all know exactly what he meant. This in no way can be considered a gaffe. It is an acknowledgment of tragedy, pure and simple.

Exhibit E: Earl brings this up, not Allan…” the blatant NSA lies were offensive to the intelligence of Americans (left and right)”   Before you read further, I might add this is a whole different topic than gaffes, and Earl and I would probably disagree only over the word “blatant”, but with enough argument, even we might come to an agreeable definition…

The transcript:

Leno: It’s safe to say that we learned about these threats through the NSA intelligence program? Is that a fair assessment?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, this intelligence-gathering that we do is a critical component of counterterrorism. And obviously, with Mr. Snowden and the disclosures of classified information, this raised a lot of questions for people. But what I said as soon as it happened I continue to believe in, which is a lot of these programs were put in place before I came in. I had some skepticism, and I think we should have a healthy skepticism about what government is doing. I had the programs reviewed. We put in some additional safeguards to make sure that there’s federal court oversight as well as congressional oversight, that there is no spying on Americans.

We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. And that information is useful. But what I’ve said before I want to make sure I repeat, and that is we should be skeptical about the potential encroachments on privacy. None of the revelations show that government has actually abused these powers, but they’re pretty significant powers.

And I’ve been talking to Congress and civil libertarians and others about are there additional ways that we can make sure that people know nobody is listening to your phone call, but we do want to make sure that after a Boston bombing, for example, we’ve got the phone numbers of those two brothers — we want to be able to make sure did they call anybody else? Are there networks in New York, are there networks elsewhere that we have to roll up? And if we can make sure that there’s confidence on the part of the American people that there’s oversight, then I think we can make sure that we’re properly balancing our liberty and our security.

Line by line all are true. Notice this line: ” We put in some additional safeguards to make sure that there’s federal court oversight as well as congressional oversight, that there is no spying on Americans.

He doesn’t say there is no spying on Americans. He says we put in additional court and congressional oversight to make sure there was no spying on Americans… (Correctly meaning the oversight is there, it is just ineffective in making sure it did not happen; essentially shifting the blame to Congress and the courts for not catching it.) True but devious. Likewise, in the next line, where he says we don’t have a domestic spying “program“. There is no program.. there are mechanisms (cough, cough) but there is no program. True, but devious. Then he states… “none of these revelations have shown the government has abused these powers, but they are significant powers”. Which so far is true. We don’t have evidence yet of a case where someone was imprisoned for something they said years ago caught up in their data banks. But that does not mean it isn’t being done. What we do have is evidence that the potential is there for abuse, and I’m not sure if Allan is yet aware, but it looks like in Delaware that cracks in that morality of not abusing that power, are beginning to show. In other words, we really don’t have to fear our federal government, (it’s scope is too big), but we do have to fear our neighbor who wants to know our business and now has access through his buddy at the state police data bank, which is tied into the federal repository… Scary stuff.

And so, the fact that these were not gaffes at all, but were misconstrued by selectively twisting the transcript, or by taking it too literally in some cases without accounting for breathing patterns of  human speech, makes all those taking it at face value … suckers (to use a term from the forties, lol)..

You were baited, took the hook, line and sinker… and now you’ve been gaffed and hauled upon the boat… Examples… from commentators….

“and yes, he really does need a telepromter. He’s just not an off-the-cuff type of man.”

Actually with out a teleprompter, he does very well… See this:

Leno: Now, I’ve seen Michelle tease you about your gray hair. You have a bit of silver in your hair. Do you tease back?

THE PRESIDENT: No. (Laughter and applause.) That’s why we’re celebrating our 21st anniversary. (Laughter.)

Leno: As I’m married 33 years, I know exactly what you’re saying. (Laughter.)

or this commentators assertion:  “would this be excused IF he were not Black?”

it is obvious that conservatives are the whole entire problem involving racism; when they say Obama has divided America like never before, it is only in their hearts that it is so.  The rest of America has no problem, except with Conservatives no matter what race they may be. They live in a world of their own fabrication, not everyone else’s.

“Allan’s link above showing that the big 3 morning shows ignore the Obama gaffes on Leno’s show proves my case.”

Actually the Big 3  don’t report on fabricated news. this wasn’t a story. They usually don’t make up news out of nothing. They report things that “really” happened, you know, as in “real” life? They aren’t Breitbart, short for “make up fake news on the spot by deleting the relevant elements”.

“It also points out that he cannot speak without a teleprompter.” He is far more eloquent and a much greater speaker than George W. Bush or Dick Cheney. That is superfluous criticism at its worst.

The fact is he did quite well, actually. Just shows that life would be so much better without Republicans making up lies over anything and everything… There is no story here at all. Just propaganda…

Here is the full transcript…

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/07/1229512/-Transcript-of-interview-of-President-Obama-by-Jay-Leno

i don’t have time right now to look it up, but can anyone tell me whether the Daily Mail broke the story, or was it just picked up by them from their monitoring of the Republican propaganda sites alluded to in Allan’s piece above? I did notice the story did NOT make it into the Guardian? Looks like their filter system is working well as the big 3 American networks…

However…for  Allan’s  headline to reflect the circumspect accuracy this station usually exhibits in its news stories, should have at least, the words “Conservatively Alleged” inserted before the word “gaffes”, since it is only a tortured and bizarre mind who would rationally come to any such conclusion.