Gaffetastic!… Obama Flubs His Military Attacks on Mitt Romney (Video)

Poor Barack Obama.
He tried to be slick and attack Mitt Romney on on the military – but ended up humiliating himself.
Here are his snide remarks during the debate:

“But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”

Now here’s the truth…
Marines still use bayonets.
Horses were used by the military during the Iraq invasion.

Obama also does not know the difference between a ship and a boat.
Submarines are boats – not ships.
What an embarrassment.

More… Again, US Marines still use bayonets.

Via Pseud O’Nym

Still More… Bayonets at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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  • Texas_Treeroach

    Aircraft landing on boats?!!?
    Boats that go under water ?!!?
    “What an Ultra-maroon!!” (to quote Daffy Duck)
    This President is a joke.

  • Nanna

    Seems I recall our men on horses in Afghanistan and looked really great too!!!

  • Ripped

    It’s almost over: Uninstalling Obama……… █████████████▒▒▒ 90% complete.

  • Beto Ochoa

    A ship that goes under the water is called a wreck

  • Spider

    Reducing the strength of our military can’t be defended, so Obama trying to do it backfired.

  • nathan

    Obama’s ship…err…boat is sinking!

  • Ohio Dan

    It should be noted that other countries have ships, subs planes and not all of them are our friends.

  • Mari

    Ahhh yea….Bayonets are standard issue to Marines. Coming from a Veteran…USMC..Semper Fi

  • Buffalobob

    obma tried to school us on the military. Got it all wrong. I don’t think Valery Jarrett was ever in the ROTC. Who started to cackle in the audience? Was it mooshell again?

  • snappercat


  • Oliver

    O was trying to be condescending to Mitt re military — like he was out of touch and ill-informed, but it backfired. Big time.

    Best moment of the night “Criticizing me is not a policy”

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  • Larkin

    Did anyone notice how obama was larger in the frame during the entire debate?

    I think it was a calculated move on the part of some sympathizing producer. But it backfired.

    o looked not just imposing, as was the intention, but mean and bullying.

  • mcnorman

    STEEP learning curve.

  • DecentAmerican

    Best line of night…

    “When you went on your apology tour of the middle east, and went to Egypt, Saudi Arabia…but you skipped Israel, Nd but the way Israel knew you skipped them….”‘ then the Obozo talks about how BEFORE he was elected how he went there and visited a museum….omg, what a stupid defense. the sanctions did NOT work moron, Iran has more enriched uranium than four years ago!!!!!

  • donh

    Bone headded move to mock the navy when you need states like VA and have a close Senate race in CT where the Coast guard Academy is located and the submarine bases.

  • Navy Vet

    I was offended by the “Bayonets” comment. The man has no understanding of the role the Navy plays in our National Defense.

  • Militant Conservative

    Gonna be hard to cover Obama’s obvious snotty comments and undignified

    Ghetto attitude. Your foward kool aid drinkers will vote for you but

    the American public that is out of work by large will not.

    powder is dry

  • Llarry

    For the record, Marines still use bayonets.

    All U.S. ground forces still use the bayonet.

    In the army, it’s the M9.

  • Llarry

    The only people in the military who don’t use bayonets are corpsemen.

  • Campfollower

    Corpse Man.
    Tricare Prime no longer an option for veterans or their families on the west coast, forcing them to go with inferior coverage.

  • Militant Conservative

    I had a bayonet in the Navy as an aircrewman. Still have it.

    Not to worry Rush will skewer the punk tomorrow.

  • Campfollower

    Oops, wasn’t finished.
    Raising others Tricare premiums over 300 percent after first suggesting combat vets pay for their own premiums.
    Prosecuted SEALS for punching a terrorist in the face before pretending to be SEALS best friend while giving away operational security and endangering their lives and the lives of their famileis.
    Backlog of VA claims skyrocketing over 60 percent under Obama administration, after GWB had gotten the claims backlog under control.
    There is NO WAY Obama’s veteran jobless number was correct tonight. NO way.
    Michelle’s bogus “work” with military families…never seen it, except when those she talks to are Democrats. In other words, she talks to military families, but really only if they’re on her side.
    And yeah, those special forces guys on horseback in 2001 were HOT. Sort of like the young Frenchmen today who stormed that mosque. Brave, determined and worth ten of this boy president.

  • ShawnP

    Mr. President the main reason the Navy needs more ships is a better rotation policy. Ships and crews are wearing out from this OPTEMPO of the last few years. 8 month deployments with a 6 month turnaround between another 8 month deployment are not fun. Less ships with the same if not more commitments equals pain for those in the Navy and Marine Corps.

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  • FurryGuy

    #18 October 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    Navy Vet commented:

    I was offended by the “Bayonets” comment. The man has no understanding of the role the Navy plays in our National Defense.

    Nor any understanding of the Army’s role, nor the Air Force’s, nor the Coast Guard’s, and really write off his understanding of what the Marine’s role is.

    At the very least Billy Jeff has 8 full years of relative peace to visibly diminish the effects of his visceral hatred for our troops.

  • Sasja

    We even have a memorial dedicated to these horse soldiers. And guess what, Barry, you doofus, this occurred in the 21st century.

  • Earthmover

    I always have a hard time listening to Obama, after all he was a community organizer
    and to me, that means he had a bake sale to raise money for the kids lemonade stand.
    How in the hell can half of the population vote for this child?

  • Westerner

    My husband was landing on those aircraft carriers in the black of night, when you, little man, were playing with your plastic one in the bath tub!

  • Yrral Dleifsarb

    How can anybody with their eyes open watch Zero without seeing what a small man he is? His condescension schtick looks like something from the 6th or 7th grade. What a relief it will be to see his departure.

  • I want a President, not a B list comedian….I was totally shocked Obie didn’t confuse horse’s with camel’s….

  • Might have to update my name to Cutlers Bruised Ribs, tried to watch football game and debate at the same time….AAARRRRGG my head was spinning faster than the words coming out of Obies mouth…..

  • Liz

    Heh heh. No kidding? That’s really funny. I’d keep him around for laughs if he hadn’t caused me SO MUCH PAIN!!!

    Fix the economy, Mr. Romney. Please.

  • MSO

    Boy do I ever wish that we had had horses in Viet Nam. Bayonents, yes; horses, no.

  • thebronze

    Sorry, but horses were used in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

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  • US Navy Corpseman

    Top enlisted man aboard submarine is called “Chief of the Boat” — a Marine tweeted during debate that USMC still uses bayonets and their beloved KaBar.

    I was a Corpsman in RVN and carried a KaBar that I still have and keep sharp and oiled. (I was also bequeathed a Mossberg pump and flechette rounds).

    Barry the Dunce looked weak and floundering – doesn’t have a clue. Mitt was Presidential.

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  • squeaky

    [During Monday evening’s final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the president said he and his administration didn’t offer the so-called budget “sequester” as a tool to cut the military budget, despite reports alleging he did.]

  • Bob

    I thought Obama’s comment was just sarcasm. Done in unbelievably poor taste. His attempt to belittle Romney backfired. I believe the comment was about fleet size and numbers, not types. The bayonet comment was sheer distraction. Who cares what the bayonet count is. Except for campaign backdrop he neither understands nor likes folks in the military.

  • snewb

    A battleship is a ship..right? So are destroyers and frigates. Obama is clueless.

  • xiphos

    Guess wunderboy didn’t see ‘Das Boat’, but no matter, he will get the full effect of Das Boot.

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  • Stan

    Hoft, you can’t call the president a moron and then link to an article that never mentions that horses were used by the US after world war I. At least try and back up your claims.

  • OldSailor

    Long term, we need 3 ships for each one deployed. One in training, one in repair / refit cycle and one actually deployed. As the WWII vets will tell you, being constantly deployed wears out both ships and crews. Army, Air Force and Marines follow similar cycles where possible though the details vary (of course.)

    Oh, Jim … Zero was right about one thing, a submarine is a ship but carries the nick “boat.” An 8,500 ton destroyer is a ship, so is an 8,500 ton submarine.

    21 year USN vet, tincan and ‘gator sailor.

  • Dubs

    Um, we just recently dedicated an enormous bronze statue at ground zero here in NYC of a Special Forces soldier ON HORSEBACK. The statue is in tribute to all the special forces who fought and rode across Afghanistan ON HORSEBACK!!!
    What a lame zinger by Obama!

  • Fred

    As a old submariner, just be careful about the ships vs boats issue. Officially, nuclear submarines are ships – they have names, and all named vessels are officially “ships”. But the officers and sailors in the fleet almost universally refer to submarines as “boats”, and no one corrects them. Probably a holdover from the time when the US Navy only numbered the subs (no names), and maybe a little bit of some German U-Boat tradition that worked its way into our force.

  • retired militaryq

    On Iran Mitt should have muttered 2 words that I believe would have shut Obama down.

    Dirty bomb.

  • lizzy84

    Statement of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command commander, before the Senate Armed Services Committee
    March 6, 2012

    The maritime environment also permits freedom of action unfettered by international boundaries and agreements.

    However, the stacked Iranian threats in our AOR of ballistic missiles, long range rockets, mines, small boats, cruise missiles and submarines demand stronger naval presence and capability to protect vital sea lines of communication.

    I view with concern efforts to decrease our naval presence and capability when our volatile AOR and the threats of the future are increasingly maritime.

    Demands on our naval forces will only grow in the future; I anticipate that we will need more maritime missile defense, anti-fast attack craft capabilities, amphibious ships and mine-countermeasure capability, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets.

    Maintaining a credible naval force covered by sufficient aviation combat power is essential for demonstrating our enduring commitment to regional partners, building trust and relationships and rapid projection of power in a crisis.

  • Will

    Retired submariner (or bubble head as we call them in the Navy) here. Submarines are called boats by tradition dating back to the time when they were numbered and not named and were not commissioned as ships of the line. This has not been true since sometime around WW1. All US Navy submarines are commissioned ships of the line. Attack submarines are designated with both a name and a hull number that starts with SSN. This stands for Submersible Ship, Nuclear. Ballistic missile subs have hull numbers that start with SSBN or Submersible Ship, Ballistic, Nuclear. The traditions live on though and bubble heads still refer to their vessels as boats

  • DannyK

    I support Romney, but this is childish.

    Barry said we have “FEWER fewer horses and bayonets”. How is that inconsistent with the Marines still using bayonets and horses being used by the military during the Iraq invasion?

    Boat, ship, who cares?

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  • navyman

    What does this dipstick thinks that a battle group or task force is made up of. carriers don’t sail alone, they have dozens of support vessels.

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  • Robert

    Horses were used in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

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  • Not Likely

    Dim Hoft racks up another idiot fail.

  • Anthony

    I hope everyone realized that Obama didn’t say our military no longer used horses and bayonets, he simply stated that they used FEWER horses and bayonets.

  • He is a prime example of a smart mouth punk, and never had his ass kicked for it when he was a young man.
    Too bad some Marine did’nt teach him some lessons in respect when he was young.
    And he does’nt have any room to talk about not knowing about the US Military, as i re-call he pronounced Corps, as Corpse.


  • JMAC

    Obama also said the Cold War ended 20 years ago. Wrong! Only the names have changed. Russia still has nukes targeting the U.S. and vice versa.

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  • Actongue

    Some highly misinformed people here.

    Obama did not say that the military does not use Bayonets. He said they use fewer bayonets, just like they use fewer Horses then they did in 1916

    He was explaining to the clueless Romney that technology has changed and due to it our capacity.

  • The only logical one

    Um… If you were to go the the site that they provided, you can read very clearly,”By 1942 all U.S. Cavalry units were disbanded or mechanized.”

    Read more: Service Animals – Military Service – Dogs, War, Horses, and World

    Global Fire Power reports that the United States currently has “2,384” total ships. That is compared to Russia with “233” total ships, and China with “972” total ships. We have the largest navy.

    But Navy sucks anyway, GO ARMY!!!