Barack Obama botches rank of top Navy SEAL William McRaven

August 23, 2012

Obama: ‘I’d advise that you talk to General McRaven, who’s in charge of our Special Ops. I think he has a point of view in terms of how deeply

I care about what these folks do each and every day to protect our freedom.’

Oops: “The difficulty with this is that William McRaven is and admiral not a general. As a SEAL, he is member of the US Navy, not US Army or US Marines.”

More via Barack Obama botches rank of top Navy SEAL William McRaven | Mail Online.

 Obama has made mistakes with military terminology before. In February 2010, he mispronounced ‘corpsman’ – as ‘corpse-man’ instead of ‘core-man’ several times.

Last year, he mixed up two Medal of Honor recipients, saying that ‘Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honour to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously’.

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  1. bandit says:

    Imagine all that Ivy League schoolin’ and still being that stupid.

    • Rich Vail says:

      It’s not being stupid, it’s about the contempt that the Liberal Left has to the military. Being as they literally, don’t give a flying f*ck about our armed forces, or how rank given, it’s not surprising that he screws this stuff up.

  2. bigfingo says:

    Once an idiot, always an idiot. This just shows that the ‘Intellectual Elite’ are neither.

  3. Jack Lifton says:

    This is truly amateurish on Obama’s part and I think jejune, which means inexperienced judgement due to youth. I don’t know any single word that can describe a man who sounds and acts like a pseudo-intellectual poseur in the faculty lounge. The loner who didn’t get tenure, and thinks that sounding folksy is the key to being one of the guys. I’m bored with the “Ya know” and the endless repetition of the word “folks” to mean people or Americans. The majority of the mainstream press is poorly educated and lacks experience of public speaking or statesmanship. This is proven by their anointing this country lawyer wannabe as a “great orator.” I rate him strictly on the (lack of) content of his character. He’s a Chicago type ward healer, and we need to end this experiment and let him go back to wherever he came from along with those that invented and used him for their own purposes.

    • Sundog says:

      Barack Obama may appear young, but he is 51 years old. I don’t think he can claim youth as an excuse anymore.

  4. BigSoph says:

    Obama is the type of man who holds military service in contempt it must truly gall him to have to honour these people

  5. El Presidente Fartas says:

    “It’s a trap!” General Ackbar, from Return of the Jedi

  6. submandave says:

    It’s simple, really. He makes these sorts of mistakes fairly regularly simply because it isn’t important to him. We are more careful about things for which we care.

  7. Marc Higgins says:

    If this would have been the name or title of some union pant load he would not have made any mistakes. This is a man who is just phoning it in. He is lazy both physically and intellectually. (that is by his own admission)

  8. Jim says:

    It’s really no big deal… as long as you believe that rank doesn’t matter much in the US military, and that the President of the United States should not have to know the very first thing about the US military.

  9. Old Timer says:


  10. Diggs says:

    That wasn’t a mistake; no one, not even Obama, is that stupid. That was a little reminder to Admiral McRaven that Obama is his boss, and he can mispronounce his name, his rank, his title, whatever, with impunity. Officers in the Armed Forces serve at the “pleasure of the President” and Obama isn’t above making sure they know that, very publicly.

  11. RebeccaH says:

    Obama is an unregenerate purveyor of subtle insults (like calling an admiral a “general”), but he doesn’t realize that it makes him look ignorant, or a victim of early onset dementia, or petty … or all three at once.

  12. Jrr says:

    Imagine Obama at boot camp. The DI enters the room and Obama says, “good morning Lt.” Would he forget rank and or insignia ever again? But that’s a dream, he’d wash out in record time. Wuss.

  13. Al Sheeber says:

    What to expect from an undocumented doped queer Putney Swope? His provenance is phony, his history is made up, his books written by others, he is utterly clueless about every aspect of life, the least of all the military!

  14. Sara Baker says:

    Admiral, general, whatever. Those people in uniform all look alike.

  15. AD-RtR/OS! says:

    At least he didn’t call him a “corpseman”.

  16. sid dithers says:

    Now let’s be fair here. Remember, President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief of all U. S. military forces, has never spent a second in military service to his country. Give him a break. How could he know anything about military ranks?

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