Candidate Barack Obama on July 16, 2008 was busy droning and hypnotizing gullible Americans in this speech to someone in Lafayette, Indiana. Twenty seconds into this video, the man-who-would-be-president, said:
“Throughout our history America has confronted constantly evolving danger from the oppression of an empire to the lawlessness of a frontier, to the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation…”
Did “the” bomb hit the USS Arizona, or was it the USS Oklahoma…or…
For the most part, Obama seemed to get a pass for this ‘gaffe’ which I refuse to acknowledge is a ‘gaffe.’ How could a presidential candidate misspeak so glaringly – especially when Hawaii is his home state, or at least was when he wasn’t living in Indonesia or elsewhere?
There is little we can do about the history Barack Obama has already made, but we can do something about the way the story is told. In November 2012 we can do something about this man who knows so little of American history or the men and women who died so that he can live like a King…act like a King, issue executive orders like a King.
Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the German defeat of France left England alone in the fight against the Nazi terror.
The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan.
Approximately three hours later, Japanese planes began a day-long attack on American facilities in the Philippines. (Because the islands are located across the International Dateline, the local Philippine time was just after 5 AM on December 8.) Farther to the west, the Japanese struck at Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand in a coordinated attempt to use surprise in order inflict as much damage as quickly as possible to strategic targets.
Although stunned by the attack at Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Fleet’s aircraft carriers, submarines and, most importantly, its fuel oil storage facilities emerged unscathed. These assets formed the foundation for the American response that led to victory at the Battle of Midway the following June and ultimately to the total destruction of the Japanese Empire four years later.
Aboard the USS Arizona 1,177 died, 429 died aboard the USS Oklahoma, 191 died at Hickam Field, 106 died aboard the USS West Virginia, 105 died aboard the USS California. See the casualty list here.
I don’t know how I missed the story of Obama’s bomb about “the bomb” at Pearl Harbon back in 2008. I might have missed it because there was so little reporting of it. What I find of this story all comes from bloggers. Shameful – and if you believe this was a gaffe, I have a beautiful piece of shore line near Kabul, Afghanistan for sale at a bargain basement price/
Barack Obama Remembering the Bomb that Fell on Pearl Harbor (video)
Thank you to Veer Right Weblog
Interesting information at OkieOnTheLam on the USS Oklahoma