Michelle Obama repeatedly flubs name of candidate for whom she is stumping (Video)

Michelle Obama repeatedly flubs name of candidate for whom she is stumping (Video)

You say “Bailey,” he says “Braley,” let’s call the whole thing off.

The “whole thing” in this case is First Lady Michelle Obama stumping for U.S. Senate hopeful from Iowa, Bruce Braley. Speaking before a crowd yesterday at Drake University in Des Moines, Obama referred to the candidate seven times as “Bailey,” and urged voters to visit the website “VoteBruceBailey.com.” She also said that Braley is a Marine Corps veteran, which he is not.

Here is a video of her catching herself too late.

Braley has been having a rough time of it ever since he insulted Iowa farmers back in March, when he contrasted himself with veteran Sen. Chuck Grassley thus:

If you help me win this race you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for thirty years, in a visible or public way, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Or, you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Washington Post summarized Braley’s gaffe as having crossed “a line no Hawkeye State politician should ever cross.”

As for the first lady’s blunder, a number of commentators picked up on it. One of them was CNN’s Dana Bash, who tweeted:

The mistake was also noticed by supporters of Braley/Bailey’s GOP opponent Joni Ernst, who quickly bought the URL VoteBruceBailey.com, which now redirects visitors to Ernst’s campaign site.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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