Michele Bachmann’s Historical Blunder

Mar 14, 2011 10:43am

ABC New's Amy Walter and Amy Bingham report:

A blunder of historical fact – not proportions – tainted Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s first visit to New Hampshire this weekend. Speaking to students and conservative activists in Manchester, the Tea Party activist encouraged the Granite state to be proud of its role in the Revolutionary War.

“You’re the state where the shot was heard ‘round the world at Lexington and Concord,” Bachmann said at an event organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire.

The shot that started the America’s war for independence was, of course, fired in Massachusetts.

Soon after the gaffe, Bachmann, who is seriously exploring a 2012 presidential bid, responded on her Facebook page saying, “So I misplaced the battles 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!”

In true Bachmann fashion she did not miss the opportunity to take a punch at President Obama. “That will be the last time I borrow President Obama's teleprompter!” she posted a few hours later.

 

The event’s organizer said “no one in the audience was troubled” by Bachmann’s American history mix-up.

“It was an obvious slip and was not an indication of her intelligence,” Republican Liberty Caucus Chairman Andrew Hemingway said in an email. "My group left enthused and excited about the upcoming primary season. She motivated and inspired the audience. More than I have seen from the other potential candidates."

This is not the first botched reference to US history in Bachmann’s bag of blunders. In a January speech the Tea Party activist invoked her love of the Founding Fathers who “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

Many of the founders, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were, in fact, slave owners. And as every middle school history teacher will tell you, the founding fathers virtually ignored the issue of slavery. It was not until the mid 1800s that slavery became a contentious issue in American politics.

This all comes from the Congresswoman who organized Constitution classes for her fellow members of the House. "We're going to practice every week, if you will, our craft, which is studying and learning the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights," Bachmann said in an interview with Lou Dobbs in December. She said the classes were intended to  help members of Congress “wrap our minds around this magnificent document.”

Bachmann’s tour of early primary states continues to Iowa later this month where she will speak at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators on March 23 and attend Steve King's Conservative Principles Conference on the 26th.

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