NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota stood before New Hampshire Republicans with a tea bag clutched in her hand Saturday, but her grasp on Revolutionary War geography wasn’t quite as tight.

Before headlining a GOP fundraiser, the possible presidential hopeful told a group of students and conservative activists in Manchester, “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.”

But those first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.

“So I misplaced the battles Concord and Lexington by saying they were in New Hampshire,” Bachmann posted on her Facebook page later. “It was my mistake, Massachusetts is where they happened. New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!”

Though Bachmann probably wasn’t the first to confuse Concord, N.H., with Concord, Mass., her mistake was striking given her roots in the tea party movement, which takes its name from the dumping of tea into Boston Harbor by angry American colonists in December 1773, 16 months before the Battle of Lexington Green.

Some 30 miles to the north and with tea bag in hand, Bachmann was greeted with applause when she asked the crowd, “How about a United States president that gets what the American people want in 2012?” and later proclaimed, “Are you in for 2012? I’m in!”

She later clarified that she is committed to denying President Barack Obama a second term, not necessarily running herself. That decision will come by early summer, she said, adding that she was no closer to making it Saturday than she was before her first political trip to New Hampshire.

For the state that holds the earliest presidential primary, it was another day, another Minnesota politician with possible White House aspirations. Bachmann’s trip overlapped one day with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s latest visit, offering voters a glimpse of their contrasting styles.

Pawlenty, a former two-term governor, has taken a more traditional path to exploring a White House bid: traveling to key states, spreading money to potential allies through his political action committee and publishing a memoir as he left office. On Friday, he brushed off reporters’ attempts to get him to criticize fellow Republican Mitt Romney on health care, and in remarks at a New Hampshire hospital, offered subdued criticism of Obama’s national health care law saying “I know the country just had a huge debate about all of this, and my side lost, at least for now. But I hope we can have a continued discussion.”

To be sure, Pawlenty faced a roomful of skeptical physicians in one of the most liberal corners of the state, while Bachmann spoke before an enthusiastic, conservative crowd that included tea party groups from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She called Obama’s health care overhaul the “ultimate example of arrogance.”

“The real problem is the arrogant elites in Washington, D.C., who think they know how to run your lives far better than you,” she said. “You can’t be trusted to run your lives, they have to run your lives for you.”

She said the bill included $105 billion in spending that Obama and Democrat leaders intentionally hid.

“Did he just forget to mention that, oh, by the way, we’ve got $105 billion in this bill that we’re going to implement socialized medicine? No, this was intentional.

“It needed to be implemented immediately to get its tentacles all through your lives and our government and our institutions so that no matter who was elected in the future, your franchise, your vote would be neutralized. Because they would get their way.”

Bachmann, who only recently has begun traveling to early nominating states, rose through the Minnesota ranks on social issues and is a favorite of the tea party in Congress, where she is in her third term. A formidable fundraiser, she’s also built a national following through her blunt commentary on cable news shows.

Her speech was briefly interrupted by protesters who had been allowed in the room after portraying themselves as civic-minded college students who wanted to hear Bachmann. Less than half an hour after they were publically welcomed by the event organizers, they marched across the conference room, holding signs and chanting “Michele Bachmann we insist, end the AIDS treatment waiting list.”

The protest was an apparent reference to the state- and federally-funded AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Many cash-strapped states have taken steps to cap enrollment, drop patients or institute waiting lists. Bachmann thanked them for the “love,” as they were quickly ushered out.

“We’re seeing this kind of response because the left knows we’re coming and we’re serious about 2012,” she said.

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Comments (60)
  1. richard says:

    GOD she is stupid. Someone ought to tell her that sometimes “it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think your stupid, then to open it and remove all doubt”. As for pawlenty, he’s the other half of Minnesotas “DUMB AND DUMBER” duo.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      If Michelle Bachman was dumb, she would be getting child support, spousal maintenance, section 8, welfare and food stamp money.

      Joe Biden has made bigger gaffes without hardly any mention from the media.

      1. David J. Conklin says:

        >Joe Biden has made bigger gaffes without hardly any mention from the media.
        Liar. Over 74,000 hits on a search engine for “biden gaffe*.”

        I love the right- & left-wing dimwits–they make me look smart in comparison!

      2. the crux of the biscuit says:

        So youe teeling us that Michelle is realy NOT married to the guy that she claims is her husband? Thanks for the info……

      3. Joe says:

        If she was any dumber, you would have to take her behind the shed and put one behind her ear.

        Women in politics should be an oxymoron.

      4. jimmy says:

        Victim Du Jour

        “If Michelle Bachman was dumb, she would be getting child support,”
        She got welfare for 23 foster children while she worked them to death on the family farm.
        BTW if your going to come to her defense you should learn to spell her name.

      5. TypesFromHome says:

        WHAT? So only dumb people get those things? Listen up, Bristol Palin: This guy just said you were dumb! LOL

        This woman is an embarrassment to woman, AND to Minnesota!

    2. pss says:

      they are such an embarassment to MINNESOTA

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        No one outside Minnesota thinks about Minnesota.

        If you are in Europe, looking at a map of the United States, Minneapolis is right next to Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.

        No one cares if you self proclaimed unsophisticated Midwestern liberals are embarrassed by Michelle Bachmann.

      2. TypesFromHome says:

        So, Victim, what makes you eligible to claim who cares or not? Sorry, Guy, contrary to your opinion, you are NOT God! By your comment, I can unequivocally state that I have more sophistication in my right elbow than you have in your whole self! AND, I’m from Minnesota! LOL

      3. Victim Du Jour says:

        I’m from San Francisco, I can assure you that the rest of the world does not even think about Minnesota.

        You go to Minnesota to have oat meal with a Farmer, or put on some nice Docker pants and take him to Red Lobster or AppleBees.

      4. TypesFromHome says:

        Victim, your arrogance is showing! Sure, the “rest of the world” might know where CA is but what they think of it isn’t flattering! At least IF people know about MN, they know the citizens are honest, hard working, and actually change their clothes to go out to eat in a restaurant. LOL

        I’m growing weary of debating whether or not MN has merits as a state i.e. whether or not the whole world knows we exist. This will be my last post on this stupid subject. Thanks for playing along, Victim ROFLMAO

  2. Kally says:

    Thank God for Michele Bachmann and people like her who are saving this great country from all the freeloading garbage.

    1. HadEnough says:

      Free loading garbage? Do you mean the people who lost their jobs due to the fall out of President Bush? Do you mean the twenty somethings who cannot find jobs, again due to the Bush administrations fallout? Do you mean the elderly who have lost their savings and pension plans due to the economic crisis left by the Bush administration? I know personally (family members as well as freinds) who are in each of these catagories. Typical of those who have not suffered these devastating events to blame the victims for the position they have been FORCED into by politicians who have never suffered the same.

    2. Tc Radiodj says:

      The best thing Bachman could do for the state of minnesota is jump in a shark tank. She is a worthless POS

  3. JJORGs says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA…BRAVO!!! Michelle!! You’re more clueless than Bush and Palin COMBINED!!! And that’s an accomplishment!!

  4. pss says:

    tipical mb talk before thinking what a disgrace to the Great State of MINNESOTA

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Funny how SNL never makes fun of Obama and Biden.

    Then you find out GE gets bail-outs from the Federal Reserve, TARP, billion dollar subsidies, and Military Contracts.

    It’s Corporate Run left wing media fascism.

    1. David J. Conklin says:

      >It’s Corporate Run left wing media fascism.
      Another example of dumb our citizens have become–they don’t even know the political spectrum.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Liberals have a corporate monopoly on mass media.

        Why would I care if a stupid socialist thinks I am dumb?

        Just compare all the statistics from Michelle Bachmanns district with the liberal strongholds in Minnesota.

        Liberal districts have the most crime, the worst schools, the most drug problems, highest drop-out rate welfare and food stamp users.

        That’s because hard statistics say You are the real embarrassment

      2. TypesFromHome says:

        Puleeze, Victim, where are the stats you are using? I mean — real credible stats! You don’t have any? I didn’t think so. LOL You are sounding more like a sniveler with a Victim mentality every time you post! You may want to change your moniker. (Look that word up if you don’t know what I mean. NO, it does NOT refer to lingerie. LOL )

    2. marcy says:

      To be fair, Obama is handsome and charismatic, which makes him notoriously difficult to parody. Although Fred Armisen of SNL does a pretty good job. Also, Lorne Michaels is a staunch Republican, and takes pains to make fun of the GOP and the DFL. It’s not SNL’s fault that Republicans provide better comedic fodder than Democrats.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        SNL softballs Democrats and hardballs Republicans. It’s so easy to make fun of Obama. It’s easy to look up Obama humor on the Internet.

        Conan made fun of Democrats and got fired from the tonight show.

        That’s because mass media is fascist.

    3. Joerepublican says:

      You’re even dumber than Bachmann. It’s easy to see why you uncollege educated trash are so easily duped by her. The republicans have supported many past bail-outs and some of the ones you mention. We need smart, capable and thinking republicans in congress. Not fringe elements and haters like you. Get out of our country, redneck!

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Funny, you are more likely to go to college if you are attending a highschool in Michelle Bachmans district.

        Liberals are always calling someone a dumb N-word. It’s nothing new in American history.

      2. joerepublican says:

        Bachmann is spelled with 2 n’s and it’s Bachmann’s district with an apostrophy. High school is two words. So much for your high schools and crazy facts. BTW community college doesn’t count! Also I’m a republican, not a liberal.

        1. Lavinia says:

          And I was just wnodering about that too!

      3. jimmy says:

        Victim Du Jour

        “Funny, you are more likely to go to college if you are attending a highschool in Michelle Bachmans district.”
        This is not true but you are more likely to be home schooled. You are also more likely to have an affair with a relative.

  6. Sven says:

    She doesn’t know anything about her own state, why would you expect her to know anything about others? I hear that Alaska is looking for a Governor!

  7. Victim Du Jour says:

    Did it occur to any of you idiots that Bachmann could be right, and it was the liberal media that needs to check their facts?

  8. Bob - liberal as they come says:

    Of course Bachmann doesn’t know anything Heck she knows less of Minnesota since it seems she spends more time out of the state then she does in her own district. Who is flipping the bill for her travel? She can’t sat this is congressional work but she is fundraising and it is unlawful to bill the taxpapers for fundraising. But she is a Republician and their mind set is “I can do anything I want” hey Michelle when you going to spend time in the district that sent you to congress? And this woman hasn’t done a thing while she has been in congress except taking salary funded by the taxpayers.

  9. Jake says:

    Why is she ALWAYS in the news in some other state? Don’t you people in her district care that she is travelling the country promoting herself, when she was elected to represent YOU, here in Minnesota? Just because she mentions the word “Minnesota” in her speeches, does not constitute representation.

    1. Tc Radiodj says:

      I agree with you Jake. Just like Pawlenty, he was never here in the state either doing his job. It must be nice for our elected officials to go all over the world on our dime and doing nothing for us.

  10. Victim Du Jour says:

    The Obama Economy is so bad, snoop dog is eating regular brownies.

    1. marcy says:

      Is this an example of Obama-based humor? It’s not funny because it implies that he bears some huge responsibility for the recession, which is untrue.

      SNL also does a good job inviting Republicans and Democrats to appear on the show. And they sure didn’t go easy on Gov. Paterson. And again, at the end of the day, there are simply more Republicans who are unintentionally hilarious.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        The Obama Economy is so bad, the Chicago mob is laying off Judges.

  11. republicrat says:

    She shoulda just stuck to that ther flower bizness from her dad. We went to skool together and din’t do so good n whatnot.

    1. DP says:

      Like most liberals in the state of Minnesota, you can’t get your facts straight. She is not the daughter of Bachmann’s. That is her married name and she was born in Waterloo, Ia. Do some research before you show your intellect.

      1. Replicrat says:

        Double Penetration (DP),
        Never said nothin bout Bachmann’s Floral in MN did I ? I was talkin about Waterloo n whatnot. Looks like ur the dunce huh? Betcha you don’t even know her maiden name or what her parent’s and grandparents did with flowers in IA, now do ya? Go back and monitor the hall now please, someone may be trying to pass a fake lunch ticket.

  12. helper says:

    Oh I’m sure the liberals caused this…

    Seriously, this woman is so wack a doodie. She must be delusional…

  13. Victim Du Jour says:

    People are Jealous of Michelle Bachmann, because she doesn’t have a moustache and double chin like the women who hate her the most.

    Men who hate Michelle Bachmann the most have man boobs.

    It’s like a chubby grey haired unisex species, who are spewing the most hate about her.

    1. Victim Du Bush says:

      I’m not totally convinced that it’s Obama’s fault that you are living at Mom’s house in the basement. But you’re 60 now so pull yourself up the the bootstraps and…oh wait Mom’s calling, supper is ready so tie your bathrobe shut, put the poodle down, hide your Vodka bottle and go upstairs and have some meatloaf.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        It’s like how Paul McCartney looks like Helen Thomas and Helen Thomas looks like Paul McCartney.

        “Never trust anyone over 30”

    2. TypesFromHome says:

      You have NO idea what I look like! I don’t hate her, but then I don’t hate anyone. I just know she continues to make statements with no basis in fact, demonstrates her lack of historical and political facts, and embarrasses many Minnesotans.

      If you’re trying to say she is physically attractive, then I’ll give you that. Everyone is physical attractive to someone. She would be MORE attractive if she would get her ego out of the way and do more listening than talking. If it wasn’t for the influence of the money in her family, she won’t have a prayer of being elected. Have you ever considered that perhaps her relatives don’t like having her around in MN so they rally support to get her elected so they don’t have to put up with her as much as they did before she was elected? Think about THAT one! LOL YOU don’t have the whole story, do you!!!

  14. the crux of the biscuit says:

    I’ll bet if the truth be told she thought she was in Canada….

  15. HadEnough says:

    Wow, you have just proven what I have suspected all along. The most vocal supporters of Michelle Bachmann have a third grade mentality.

  16. tom says:

    There is a song called Wild World and one the lyrics are “you move so smooth and have no answer” I think of Michelle often when I here it

  17. RR says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA! What a clown! How many more times must she embarrass herself & MN before she just shuts her yap & goes away?

  18. mnturnred says:

    Funny, I didn’t see any mention on this web site or most main stream media outlets when Obama said he visited all fifty-SEVEN states in the union. If Michele Bachmann is dumb, then boy is he DUMB, too!

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      How about when Biden asked a guy in a wheelchair to stand up so everyone can see him?

  19. Jason says:

    Obama- Marine corps

  20. Tc Radiodj says:

    This Dingbat needs to take that tea bag, stick it in her mouth and zip it!. Every time she flaps her fat mouth, she says something stupid. I cannot believe people with an ounce of brains voted her in. Michelle do us all a favor, grab your lower lip, pull it over your head, and swallow!

  21. Pavel says:

    I liked the dumb and dumber!

  22. what is she really wanting after the tea bag?????? says:

    She’s already swallowed the whole tea bag Tc …. she’s now swallowing all the stuff that a sperm whale can blow to the surface …. hot air included.
    I like her though – every state needs an imbecile front stage in the public eye.

    Ever wonder how she got a degree? Do some research and you’ll find she groveled around on her hands and knees until she got what she wanted. It may not have been her school of first choice but hey ….. 😉

  23. Clint thinks she just not not bright says:

    Enough already – Michelle is God’s rejected child. She tries. She’s just not bright. Cannot speak straight. cannot understand facts, nor history, nor much of anything. She’s pretty good at distorting the facts and truth, seems to have a similar education as the Tea Party from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back so maybe she’s a bagger that just never died? Looks like one maybe too. Hmmmmm
    That said – she is a Fruitcake with the Fellowship of Liars and our very own , a fellow bredder pig from Iowa

  24. The British are Coming! (where?) says:

    I lived in Massachusetts while on active duty during the ’70s and ’80s and know where Lexington and Concord are. I also know the role liberals played in early American history.

    Not the smartest tactic for Bachmann to visit New England and spew her venom on how “anti-American” liberals are.

  25. Swamp Fox says:

    A wise old political mentor and sage once commented; “Make sure brain is in gear and engaged before mouth is motion!” Also, this wise politico stated; “If the facts aren’t researched, validated, or confirmed don’t even mention them. if you do mention shaky information, the real truth will always trip you up and kick you in the glutei maximi!”

    Now if only Ms Bachmann would heed such forthright advice.

  26. What a fake says:

    “New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!” — she should have stopped at “I made a mistake” rather than add an excuss that is worse than the need to say she made a mistake. I would have accepted her admitance of a mistake but she went overboard and blew it.

    1. TypesFromHome says:

      That’s something else she has in common with the half-term governor of Alaska. Neither of them can admit they made a mistake!