The Blog

Winterset, Not Waterloo

3:33 PM, Jun 27, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

Michele Bachmann has been playing up her Iowa roots as she campaigns for the presidency, but today she made a small gaffe involving Iowa history and geography. "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too," Bachmann told Fox News.

michelle bachmann

John Wayne, the movie star, was born in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne Gacy, the notorious serial killer, lived and murdered people in Waterloo (he was born in Chicago).

The last time Bachmann made a history gaffe (she misidentified New Hampshire as the location of the battles of Lexington and Concord), she brushed off the mistake by saying: "I made a mistake. I should’ve said Massachusetts rather than New Hampshire. But you know, that’s the way it goes and we had a great trip and I was glad to be able to be there."

Bachmann also argued that there's a double standard when it comes to the media's reporting on gaffes: "When President Obama said that there had been a tornado in Kansas, and 10,000 people had been killed, that wasn’t considered newsworthy when he was campaigning for president. And then he said that he was in 57 states and he was on his way to the 58th, and of course that wasn’t considered newsworthy, because as we all know, the 3,400 members of the mainstream media are part of the Obama press contingent. And this is just what we get. So it doesn’t matter which conservative is out there."

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 19 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers