Wednesday, October 8, 2008

McCain: My Fellow Prisoners and Obama: 57 States of America

I'll confess that when I heard that John McCain had referred to Americans as "my fellow prisoners" during a recent speech, I thought time for a cat scan, mister. (See fellow prisoners video below.)

I also considered that maybe the campaign trail's just tiring him out. Then I saw this blog post at The Wall Street Journal that listed the "prisoners" gaffe, a Biden screw-up, and Barack Obama's slip that he had visited "all 57 states," and I had to laugh. Is this what comes of talking too much or do the presidential politicians all need MRIs?

I'll give McCain benefit of the doubt that he misspoke and meant to say "my fellow citizens," because that's what he had in his text, but you've got to admit, given his age and his trauma from being a POW, it's scary that he would make this kind of slip.

Maybe I'm more sensitive about that kind of word mangling because I live with someone who has Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes we're not her family but her students; she used to be a teacher.

The WSJ post didn't list Sarah Palin's gaffes. Could it be because we don't know what she's saying half the time? Of course, Palin's been so busy keeping an eye on Russia that she didn't realize Afghanistan is not "our neighboring country."

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