Gaffetastic. At 9-11 Tribute Obama Thinks “Bow and Spear” Means to Bend at the Waist (Video)

Obama is so used to assuming the position that he thinks “bow and spear” in Psalm 46 means he’s supposed to bend at the waist. As Freeper ExSabotSender noted,

“If he had been familiar with text he would have know that Bow – is a reference to a weapon of war like in bow & arrow. Two more weapons of war follow in verse 9 – the spear & chariot. Instead he pronounced the word as Bow – to been at the waist, the front of a boat, or limb of a tree.”

Guess they didn’t teach that verse at Trinity United Church, huh?

It sure is a good thing his last name isn’t Bush.

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  • I am pretty confident he does not know any of the Holy Bible.

    One will be known by their works…

  • Of course he doesn’t know the Bible.

    But the Koran….?

  • Just_Saying

    Obummer is such an ass.

  • RL

    Devolution in action – an insult to idiot savants…

  • Come on Jim, on the bow where the Navy Corpse Man was standing.

  • Moonbeam

    Obama shows us what the phrase means..”You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s EAR!!

  • Obama is an idiot. An illiterate retarded moron. I dislike him very much.

  • jim m

    They don’t teach the Bible at all at Trinity Church, they only teach anti-American leftist ideology.

  • Cheryl Walker

    What do you expect from a Muslim ???

  • listingstarboard

    Smartest man evah!! Just like he pronounced Orion-
    ” Ore-ee-on” several times in a speech a while ago-course no one ever calls him out on his idiotic mistakes.

  • Cheryl Walker

    What do you expect From a Muslim.????

  • Jackson

    What does this guy know about the Bible……………….nothing.

  • illiniguy

    The stilted way he read that showed me he is not at all familiar with Bible text. On the other hand instead of bow and spear if it had read shuck and jive he would have gotten it.

  • ar05075

    Wadda muckin’ foron.

  • Diana

    This is another example of laziness or not knowing how to prepare for an important event. Certainly, reading through the passage once or twice before speaking at such an important event would be what most people would do. Also, this is the kind of sentence that would be in an elementary comprehension test. “Bow” being a homonym can be pronounced one of two ways, but that has to be figured out from the context. When I taught school, this would have been about a 2nd or 3rd grade kind of question. I don’t know what to think- Can’t he even do this simple thing correctly? It shows lack of preparation and laziness. I would give him a “C-” for his reading of Psalm 46.

  • …hmmm, IT’S BUSH’S FAULT..!!!!….naw, OK, guys, give me a different excuse, they won’t buy that one again…..

  • KR

    Yeah, how do you say “wheelin’ and dealin’ in Austrian?

  • Robert

    That’s the way the Corpse Man told him to say it.

  • This sucker is barely literate.

    He should be removed, NOW.

    No economic recovery is possible until he is GONE.

  • Hobbitually conservative

    He’s talking about himself.

  • Redwine

    It’s not just that he’s so unfamiliar with the Bible or biblical language. It’s that English is pretty much a foreign language to him. He is unfamiliar with pronunciation and common idioms, makes terrible grammatical mistakes and syntactical errors. He spent his childhood years in Indonesia, his real home country (and a place that doesn’t permit dual citizenship), so English is not much more than a foreign tongue. When he speaks, he almost always sounds forced or “angry” because he’s play-acting.

    Read Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write (+ comments)

  • Sasja

    Well, Freeper should have known it is not “should have know” and bend at the waist..not “been at the waist.” Good grief.

  • the real wow

    O.K. I will take your word for it and will not put myself through the agony of listening to him. It wouldn’t be the first time he mispronounces a word, but heaven help any Republican who dares to do so. The media will howl!!! I’ll just file this away with the “corpseman” standing on the “bow” after miraculously resurrecting from the dead to be in the audience when The Won was speaking!!!

  • Francesca

    Is he too important to PRACTICE the reading ahead of time? Maybe too busy playing golf, or fund raising? Apparently so. He obviously had no comprehension of what he was reading. Sounds as if it was the first time he had ever read that psalm. The man may have gone to Harvard, but his education is definitely not first-rate.

  • JenBee

    From The Most Intelligent President EVAH!! What a shame we don’t have an unbiased media that will report on all his embarrassing ignorance. He’s definitely more stupid than Bush.

  • My recollection is that he attempted to quote the bible to us.

    Did anybody catch the sucker lying? It surely is the FIRST TIME the sucker hasn’t lied his head off.

    Maybe he can graduate to the second grade. Anybody OK with that?

  • SM-AZ

    57 states! Total and complete buffoon! Barry & Moochelle—-just a couple of freeloaders living off the rest of us! How many other Presidents had their mother in laws free load on us???

  • Francesca

    #21 – I agree. Although English is surely his first language, it certainly doesn’t sound like it. Every time I hear him speak, he doesn’t sound fluent in the language even when he is reading. He sounds like my international students whose second (not first) language is English.

  • the real wow

    #24 September 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    Francesca commented:

    Is he too important to PRACTICE the reading ahead of time?

    Nope, just arrogant and uncaring. It still drives me up a wall whenever I hear the sycophantic press and pundits pontificating about how “intelligent” he is. I’ve been known to shout “prove it.” Another pet peeve is when they call him a “professor” — according to the university, he was a lecturer and that’s all.

  • retire05

    Had it been the limb of a tree, it would have been spelled “bough”, not bow. But then, had his speech writer spelled in “bough”, Obama probably would have said “bough” which rymes with frog.

  • retire05

    Ooops, meant to say that had his speech writers used “bough” he would have pronounced it “bog” which rymes with frog.

  • donh

    Obama is so used to reciting the Liber Resh midnight street prayer outside the Chicago branch of Crowley’s O.T.O cult …he crossed the 46 psalm up with Tahuti who “standeth in his splender at the bow”….

  • American Woman

    When I served as an administrator in a secondary school, I once tried to help a superior, who had to read the names of students being recognized at an important event.

    She was practicing the names of those students, and I tried to correct her pronunciation of some names. She argued that she had it right.

    You guessed it, she did it her way, and mispronounced those names. Each misidentified student corrected her while being handed a scholastic award in front of the audience.

    You can’t correct arrogant, narcissistic people, because they are perfect. (Don’t cha know?)

  • jerrylud

    i know its not his fault or even Bush this time its God himself for not meaning it the way the mighty obama meant it or is it the tropicle storms, fires, hmmmm my spelling

  • big L

    Also he said the Lincoln was thafounder of the REpublican Party. and Pbs eventually scrubbed that sentence from the transcript of their blog. Why do we pay for these dummies to have their news station-pbs?

  • mg4us

    #15 Diana

    What do you expect from a Harvard educated Affirmative Action guy. . . can’t distinguish between noun and verb. . . although Bow of a ship sounds like verb but psalm was not about ships. . . it was TOTUS fault!

    Remember Obama needed TOTUS (teleprompters) to speak to the kids in 2nd and third grad. .it is ABOVE his pay level (or is that reading level?).

    He said BOW (the verb) as in prostrate oneself like he did to king of Saudi Arabia and to head of China. . .

    Can’t wait til Palin shows him what a “Bow” looks like as in “Bow & Arrow”. . . after all, Obama thinks bitter clingers just cling to their guns and bibles!

    I wonder if Obama will get Palin’s point! LOL!

    Now it is time for OBAMA to bow (verb) out. . .

  • Musty Wet Pelts
  • Old One


    I taught senior high school for forty years including moretthan 20 in an inner city school. Oblame is the quintessence of an affirmative action idiot. They have an IQ of 90 but thanks to moronic pc libtard teachers flattery telling little Leroy he’s so smart even whe he says 2+2 is 2 they believe themselves to be geniuses. These affirmative action clowns and buffoons are then admitted to “top flight universities where their egos are further inflated as they are infected with marxist claptrap, class envy, race hatred, and a sense of entitlement (eg. Moochelle Antoinette).

  • mg4us

    Here is the Psalm he was quoting

    This guy is so stupid: like saying Marine Corpse instead of Marine Corps or 57 States!

    How did he ever become president?

    Bush was so much classier today!

    Wish Bush would have given his 10th Anniversary speech at the NY Memorial today. . the same one that he gave the day before at Flight 93 memorial

    so presidential and in tune with events than the watered down politically correct version Obama tried to pawn off

    Obama can’t mention islamic jihadist enemies. . .or wrong to kill innocent people in God’s name.
    But he does let Muslims know we are not at war with them. . .

    Bush should have also shared with folks what he felt and saw when he was there on that very spot 10 years earlier. . he was there, he felt it and knows what 9-11 means. .

    Obama was probably with his Rev Jeramiah Wright talking about Americas chickens coming home . . and laughing gleefully as in the picture above.

    Vote the incompetent, inept bum out in 2012!!

  • mg4us

    And speaking of gaffes or intent. . .

    At end of Jobs speech last Thursday before a joint session of Congress, Obama, almost forgot to say “and May God Bless the United States of America”. . .he though he was done with “May God bless you” and started to turn away when releaized there was more to read. .

    So his back was partially turned. . .

    and yes read. . because it does not come from the heart!

    Wahat a disgusting little man. . .who are the masters of this puppet!

  • Multitude

    “Instead he pronounced the word as Bow – to been at the waist, the front of a boat, or limb of a tree.”

    Or more likely…

    He pronounced the word as Bow – to bend at the waste, as if his father-figure Frank Marshall Davis was behind him, snuggling up for an intimate moment of man-boy connectivity.

    Apologies for the graphic representation. Occasionally, reality is a bitch. Particularly so when one places deviant progressives in their sociological sphere.

  • wtd

    Overlooked is the actual undertone of the chosen biblical verse.

    It appears this Psalm 46 was chosen as an oh so clever yet subtle smackdown at ‘arrogant’ Western/American infidels.

    You see, the Judeo-Christian biblical “Korah” has a Qur’anic alter ego “Qarun”

    Which one do you think Obama’s stilted speech was about?

    Here’s what is printed in

    “Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law”, 2008 reprint
    On page x222 Biographical Notes

    Korah (w8.2) is Qarun ibn Yas-hur ibn Qahath ibn Lawi ibn Ya’qub ibn Ishaq ibn Ibrahim, a cousin of the prophet Musa (upon whom be peace), as his father Yas-hur and Musa’s father “imran were brothers. He believed in Musa [Moses], though he later grew jealous of Musa’s being sent as a prophet and Harun’s [Aaron] being an Imam, and finally became an unbeliever because of his wealth, seeking to be superior to Musa by wearing his garments long and by oppressing Bani Isra’il when Pharoah appointed him over them. Allah gave him such wealth that carrying the very keys to it weighed heavily on a group of strong men, and when his people told him not to exult in it but to seek the life of the next world by spending it in obedience to Allah, he replied that he had only been given it because of his knowlege, for he was the most learned of them in the Torah after Musa (upon whom envied him for his wealth and success, Allah caused the earth to swallow both him and his house (al-Futuhat al-ilahiyya (y65), 3.359-62)

    THis Islamic interpretation indicates . . .9/11was Allahs retribution for American wealth and arrogance.

    Bloomberg intended to keep the tenth anniversary memorial as a civil ceremony, and banned clergy from participating. The White House issued limited talking points for this memorial as well.

    What absolute utter gall for the “annointed one” or is it now the self-ordained-annointed-one” to minister at this tenth anniversary milestone memorial for 9/11!


  • Reminds me of how Archie Bunker used to butcher Biblical references, like when he was arguing with “Meathead” once and said, “Yeah, well Joshua picked up a jawbone out of the grass and whipped up on the army of the Philippines!!”

    Obama and Archie Bunker both read the Bible about the same and have about the same knowledge of it.

  • At least he didn’t say ‘scrape’ for ‘spear’.

  • What a maroon!

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  • Nan

    How can somebody be that stupid. All you had to do was read the scripture in advance to see it was talking about weapons of war. Even if you are not acquainted with the Bible, some idea of literature would have given context. Wow, and our country is entrusted to his leadership.

  • “Guess they didn’t teach that verse at Trinity United Church, huh?” They might have. Only problem is, Obama said he didn’t listen to anything for twenty years!

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  • StrangernFiction

    But we’ve got to nominate Mittens if we are going to beat him sayeth the squishes.

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  • Fail. Oh, wait, this is Obama, it’s just business as usual for him.

  • Redwine

    wtd (#42) – You may have hit on something here (and I noticed your comment and halodoc’s excellent analysis over at Weasel Zippers:

    In addition, Bloomie locked out the clerics from participating in a memorial, so that Barry Hussein could position himself as the one and only “cleric” with a derisive message. A caring and thoughtful POTUS would have read the most comforting Psalm of all, Psalm 23.

    Dear G-d, what and arrogant and vile setup.

    Psalm 46
    1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
    3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Selah)
    4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
    5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.
    6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
    7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)
    8 Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
    9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
    10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
    11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)

  • Rose

    And going into such UNFAMILIAR WATERS, NONE of them felt the need to REHEARSE, and make sure they caught such things – but then, who among them would be able to catch it! No matter how often they went over it.

    HARVARD! Not the school the founders created, anymore!

  • jorgen

    They don’t have bows and arrows in the Koran? Only swords to cut infidels heads off?

  • Rose

    #42 September 11, 2011 at 11:43 pm
    wtd commented:

    Numbers 16 is the reference that reveals that for his rebellion, Korah receives the Harvest of the earth’s FIRST RECORDED EARTHQUAKE and the earth splits and receives him and 250 followers, and all their families and belongings, entirely.

    It is a passage that Obama reminds me of, constantly. Along with the passage about Herod in Acts 12…

  • Just_Saying

    My first impression of Obummer was that he’s the Antichrist. Now, after people have explained how wrong I was, it’s still clear he’s one of the antichrists — at the very least!!

  • Des

    No wonder Harvard doesn’t want to release his transcript and essays…i think Bush is more intelligent than him…if u speak very well it doesn’t mean u r intelligent…Oh yeah, Obama uses the teleprompter when he speaks…it means the teleprompter is more intelligent than he is….


    Whats next a lesson on the 57 states?

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear. In the bible it says: He turns to bow and makes the smear and turns the chariot around…hum…could you adjust the teleprompter. Thank you.

    Let me start again. He turns and bows while break dancing like Brittany Spears and rides in a charity the size of new limousine through the 57 states and burns gas like it was going out of style. He ignores the 2000 year old constitution… I still can’t read the teleprompter. Please make the font bigger.

    Ah crap, I suck! I have never read the bible and neither has my writer. I need a new writer. I’ll probably lose this state anyway. I am gone!

    My limousine is running and Barney Frank is in the back. We will do some lap-dancing while burning expensive gas in the presidential chariot called the pig. Then the real partying will start! Good day.

  • apodoca

    Obama is simply lazy. He apparently never takes time to prepare by pre-reading unfamiliar texts or any speeches. The Bible comes under the heading of unfamiliar texts for him.

  • ohiochili

    The messiah obviously has a problem with his speech writers. I think he should give them a raise so they will be inspired to do better work.

    Would 3 extra bananas a day be excessive?

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  • CV1

    Obama is correct and everyone else is wrong. His followers will now begin to pronounce words the way He does.

  • Bruce

    Maybe he did practice the reading before hand and his staff are all clueless too.

  • donh

    Obama is quoting the drunk Pastor Wit from the movie Zulu who did everything he could to stop the British defending themselves from a pending Zulu Attack. Obama is lending the same moral support to the Islamic barbarians…. See the 5:00 minute Mark …

  • Militant Conservative

    Just more evidence that the first BLACK affirmative

    Inaction zero is greatly lacking.

    Truth is self evident.

    Powder is dry

  • Crackermike

    So it’s pronounced “bow”, rhymes with “potatoe”?. I’ll bet Dan Quayle is laughing his ass off. Surely someone will make a campaign commercial looping this moron Obama’s gaffs. Smartest man in the world?, he ain’t even as smart as Forrest Gump.

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  • Give the poor guy a break. When reading something for the first time, off a teleprompter, something quite foreign in concept to the reader, then of course he will make mistakes. I’m sure that he would have done much better reading excerpts from “Das Kapital” or “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life.”

  • D W Pepper

    I bet REV. Wright is a PROUD MAN !!!

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  • Freddy

    This is real simple. Obama is reading a teleprompter. He has no idea what he is saying.

    Obviously, the writer of the words did understand what the pronunciation should be.

  • dwd

    But he makes extra sure to pronounce anything remotely related to Islam correctly.


    Kind of reveals his priorities.

  • lol

    the bible is just another book to barry. now if it was a koran reading it would have been from the heart.

  • Its interesting how with 9/11, attacks on America were used as an excuse to downgrade America’s ability do defend itself in the war of ideology. We’ve been indoctrinated to think that honest talk about Islam is off limits.

    After the series of al-Qaeda attacks on America, we started talking LESS about the Islamic threat. Check it out:

  • This is what happens when you have children who never learned much in Bible school writing speeches for POTUS, because you know it couldn’t possibly be POTUS’s fault for not knowing squat.

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  • naturaldisastor

    The problem was that it was in his teleprompter as ‘bough’ which he correctly pronounced. Blame the teleprompter.

  • I guess all those years in church didn’t include Bible reading. He’s hardly unique in that, though. Lots of churches these days that don’t have much Bible in them.

  • Derrick

    You racist are beyond stupid. I am amazed at the illiteracy and simple minds you all have. It is so obvious that many of you hate and condemn him because he is black, smart and by far way more intelligent than any of you bafoons. He is too good to hate you sorry bastards but i will do it for him… terrorist should be exterminated. No wonder the world hates america… people are too dumb to make a honest argument. Many of you resort to name calling because you have nothing smart to say with any resemblance of substance or facts.

  • Questionman

    You and your bigot extremists are the perfect example to the sick and demented racism you people have.

    You are NO Christians. Obama proves to be a Christian, people like you prove to be like the KKK. Digusting, hate-filled scumbag racist.

    That what you are. A racist, a bigot, and a disgrace to Christianity. How did your childhood mold you all into becoming a racist, hate-mongering, paranoid, America-hating,uninformed, trash-talking idiots?

  • [email protected]

    Trees don’t have bows; they have boughs. Even corpsmen know this.

  • Yeah, I’m a real bafoon. Is that a musical instrument?

  • Did we know there is a 9/11 memorial from the Russian people?

    ‘Gee, our crack mainstream media must have accidentally dropped this story behind the vending machine.

    The monument is a gift to the people of America from the citizens of Russia signifying the importance of the war against global terrorism.

    Oops. That face may be one of the reasons our beloved mainstream media “forgot” to report the story.’

  • Erinyes

    Limb of a tree??? BOW? Really?

    Try “bough”. I love it when people screw up while correcting others, and believe me, I’m no Obama fan. But grammar, spelling and punctuation suffer greatly these days.

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  • Kissmygrits

    Ps 46 is not exactly memorial service material. Yes, it starts out pretty good by saying GOD will be our strength and will always be with us, but if you want to comfort someone there are a lot of other and better psalms to choose from. Personally, I prefer the new testament.

  • charlotte

    He only knows the Koran.

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