“Teleprompter-induced” gaffe for Obama mixing up Medal of Honor recipients UPDATE: Video added

President Obama visited the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York today. During his remarks, Obama mixed up two war heroes, Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously and Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta, who was awarded the Medal of Honor by the president in person this past November.

Giunta was the first living recipient of the award from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, part of B (Battle) Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, V Corps, based in Vicenza, Italy.

Monti – awarded the MoH posthumously – was a member of 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

Remarks from President Obama as published on the White House website.

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.

From Blackfive

How does the Commander-in-Chief mix these heroes up? He put that medal around Giunta’s neck and he stood with Monti’s parents as they grieved. These fallen heroes leave such a great legacy, and we should know all their names. The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama’s closing remark, “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.”

Who writes this guy’s speeches? Who edits and reviews them?

UPDATE (Jim): Watch for yourself. The gaffe takes place at 3:00.


13 replies
  1. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I am sick at heart. We have got to get this man out of the WH. Please no squabbling, you can pick I don’t care. Anybody is better than BHO.? ANYONE can do it better (except for Huntsman, because he is BHO in white face).

  2. Eric
    Eric says:

    What a sorry excuse for a human being. ?Lets forget for a moment that he can’t speak without that damn teleprompter, but how difficult is it to remember an event in which he was fully immersed, an historic occasion as well, and yet he did! ?Just shameful.

  3. edwardinct
    edwardinct says:

    its not the speech writers, he just does not [care]. its about the looking the part
    [Edited comment by admin.]

  4. essneff
    essneff says:

    He had his mind on other more important?things…. like his $38k per plate fundraiser in NYC tonight… In fact, he is doing 3 fundraisers tonight…. Eric,?you’re right on your assessment of this “first rate third rate man”……..??

  5. Todd from Farmington
    Todd from Farmington says:

    Blame Bush, blame the lack of a teleprompter…does this guy ever stand up and say “Hey, my bad, I am accountable.” ?
    Dan Quale was sloberknockered over the “e” he added to “potato” and the media and late night leftists still kill him over it.? The lamestream media of course will not report this gaffe, wouldn’t want the whispers of racism to enter the room.
    I saw a great bumper sticker:
    If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you are not a racist
    How about voting for anyone else in 2012 to prove you are not a moron!

  6. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    This guy is a almost as bad as Biden.? I don’t think we need to go to what the media would have done if this was the previous President because we know the answer.? He?must do this on purpose just to get the conversation away from the real tragedy (the economic figures that came out Thursday) and go after this trivial stuff.?

  7. TomL
    TomL says:

    When people say he appears to be detached and the msn says he’s so smart he’s thinking 5 steps ahead, I’m in the camp of he has no clue as to what he’s doing. His job performance numbers are plunging so badly he should prepare to be primaried.

  8. OkieJim
    OkieJim says:

    I am ashamed to have such a self-important dipstick able to call himself Commander-in-Chief. I can’t imagine a more embarrassing place or time in which to prove that he doesn’t know anything. He isn’t fit to shine the low-quarter dress shoes our service people wear as part of their Class A uniform, let alone cover their backs.
    He isn’t intelligent — he just has a decent vocabulary that he sometimes knows how to use. I’d be willing to bet that his lack of true intelligence shows in his college transcripts, and this is the reason we haven’t seen them.
    The village called … they want their idiot back. And maybe he’ll take his teleprompter with him. Good riddance to the both of you. I can’t wait for 2012.

  9. Todd from Farmington
    Todd from Farmington says:

    The guy is not only a piss-poor reader…it seems he’s got trust issues about ObamaCare as well:
    “These people will not rest until every facet of our lives in run by the government.

    Obama administration officials are putting together a team of ‘mystery shoppers’ to pose as patients, call doctors? offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

    The move follows increasing alarm over the shortage of primary care doctors.

    The administration says the survey will address the shortage and try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programmes that pay lower reimbursement rates.

    Federal officials predict that more than 30 million Americans will gain coverage under the health care law passed last year.

    ‘These newly insured Americans will need to seek out new primary care physicians, further exacerbating the already growing problem’ of a shortage of such physicians in the United States, the Department of Health and Human…

  10. HamHocks
    HamHocks says:

    What a complete monster. I can almost hear the silent screams of the murdered babies who’s blood stains the hands of this Kenyan-born reptile. ?I am 100% positive that this was either ?an intentional swipe at the military or smoking gun evidence that Obama knows absolutely nothing. These are obviously the only two options that a rational person would think of. My skin crawls at the thought of this man mixing up the names of two different soldiers. Clearly, his complete lack of intelligence is the most intellectually honest conclusion I can reach here. This video seems like something a socialist might watch to get ideas for being even more anti-American.

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