Bachmann mistakes Elvis 'birthday' with anniversary of death

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina.

The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune "Promised Land" at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock 'n' roll.

"Before we get started, let's all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.

But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis' death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, "He died today!"

Bachmann didn't respond and launched into her speech.

She didn't miss a beat on the Elvis front either. As she signed autographs, she paused for a brief shag dance with one of her fans.

Bachmann corrected herself later as she spoke with reporters, noting the date marked Presley's passing, not his birth.

"As far as we're concerned, he's still alive in our hearts," Bachmann said.

Bachmann has stumbled over cultural references before. In June, she kicked off her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, calling it the home of American actor John Wayne. The town was actually home for a time to serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

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allhans
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allhans 08/16/11 - 02:20 pm
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Some hecklers are to be

Some hecklers are to be ignored. Knowing Bachmann, she had a ready comeback.

bushwhacker
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bushwhacker 08/16/11 - 03:56 pm
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Undoubtedly the best

Undoubtedly the best candidate running, Elvis is only remembered by seniors anyway.

Cadence
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Cadence 08/16/11 - 04:24 pm
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I never can remember which

I never can remember which day it is anyway, his birthday or death day. Frankly I don't care, but I know he has lots of fans out there who do.

hockeymann
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hockeymann 08/16/11 - 05:03 pm
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If this is all they can pick

If this is all they can pick at Michelle Bachmann about, then she must be a
pretty good candidate...

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/16/11 - 05:25 pm
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Why is this even news? Our

Why is this even news? Our country and those "reporting" the news for us don't have a clue!!

dougk
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dougk 08/16/11 - 06:35 pm
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I think it's the politicians
Unpublished

I think it's the politicians who don't have a clue, Asitisinaug. She's the one who brought it up...and she had it dead wrong. All the media did was report the facts.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/16/11 - 08:48 pm
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The Associated Press writes

The Associated Press writes an entire story on this fluff, but says nothing of the content of her talk.

Bachmann fluffs Elvis's birthday and the media attack.

Obama fluffs the entire economy and no one cares.

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Bruno 08/16/11 - 09:49 pm
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As if it really matters that

As if it really matters that a Presidential candidate can remember the name of a rock star than died fat, washed up and of an overdose. That being said, Bachman is a sure bet that Obama will have a second term.

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