Quite The Mix-Up Mr. President - Obama Compares Rich To JEWS Instead Of Janitors - VIDEO
(Meghan Keneally, Daily Mail) — Days after the UN general assembly where the hot topic was a potentially free Palestinian state, President Obama is touring the country giving speeches about the ‘Buffett tax’ intended to increase tax rates for millionaires.
In a speech on Saturday, the President embarrassingly got the two issues mixed-up.
Instead of referring to the low tax rate of janitors, Mr Obama said that it was a mistake to have billionaires pay the same tax rate as Jews.
Problems with the teleprompter? Not this time. President Obama mistakenly referred to the low tax rates of ‘Jews’ when he meant to say ‘janitors’
‘If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew, as a janitor, makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honour. I have no problem with that. It’s about time,’ he said.
Named after billionaire Warren Buffett, the new tax that President Obama is promoting would put a higher tax rate on the salaries of Americans earning more than $1million annually.
This is not the first gaffe that President Obama made recently.
In Ohio on Thursday, the president touted America as the country that built ‘the Intercontinental rail road’. Clearly, the fact that no rail road crosses oceans to reach other continents was overlooked.
America’s first transcontinental rail road was built during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln- who Mr. Obama publicly admires. However, this is the second time this year that Mr. Obama misused the word ‘intercontinental’.
Conservative pundit and radio host Rush Limbaugh was quick to discuss Saturday’s gaffe on his show Monday morning, and was quick to bring two controversial Obama supporters into the debate.
‘So he was confusing Jew with janitor, and he admits that,’ Mr Limbaugh said Monday. ‘Just think how outraged the Reverends Wright and Farrakhan would be if they heard Obama say that Jews were paying too much in taxes like he thinks the janitors probably are.’
Thankfully for the president, he was in front of a friendly crowd: the Congressional Black Caucus remains a strong supporter of President Obama.
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S GAFFES
In 2011 in London’s Westminster Abbey, President Obama signed the guest book and dated it 24 May 2008.
During the 2008 campaign, he said: ‘I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.’
At Fort Drum, N.Y., the President said: ‘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.’ Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was killed in action, while Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor.
In April 2009, on a foreign trip, the President said: ‘I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for wheeling and dealing.’
During the health care debate he praised the benefits of ObamaCare: ‘The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.’
The speech was given at the Caucus’ Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards in Washington DC and first lady Michele Obama attended as well.
Among guests at the event included pop singer Lady Gaga who paid $35,800 for a seat at the exclusive event.
The singer did not perform at the event attended by around 75 guests, but thanked the President for what he has accomplished and asked a question during a Q&A.
Today the president continued his tour plugging his jobs agenda in fielding questions on the employment picture, education, Medicare and Social Security. The president spoke midway through a three-state Western swing built largely around fundraising for himself and other Democrats.
The President is in a deadlock with congressional Republicans, including House leaders, over raising taxes as part of a formula for helping a staggering economy. He has put forward a debt-reduction plan that would raise $1.5 trillion in new revenue, including about $800 billion over 10 years from repealing the Bush-era tax cuts for couples making more than $250,000.
Obama also said the financial crisis rippling through Europe is “scaring the world” and that steps taken by European nations to stem the eurozone debt problem “haven’t been as quick as they need to be.” His reference to the European debt crisis came on the heels of remarks by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who over the weekend urged governments to unite with the European Central Bank to help defuse the “most serious risk now confronting the world economy.”
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