Obama Calls Navy Corpsman a 'Corpse-man'

Feb. 5, 2010

At the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, the commander in chief not only got a sailor’s name wrong, but couldn’t figure out how to pronounce “corpsman.” Yes, he said “corpse-man.” Twice.

One such translator was an American of Haitian descent – representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world – Navy Corpse-man Christian [sic] Brossard. And lying on a gurney aboard the USNS Comfort, a woman asked Christopher: “Where do you come from? What country? After my operation,” she said, “I will pray for that country." And in Creole, Corpse-man Brossard responded, "Etazini." The United States of America.

Where does the media get the idea that this guy is a great speaker? If George W. Bush or Sarah Palin (or any other Republican) had said this, it would be repeated for the entire weekend and beyond. Obama, on the other hand, gets a pass.

Perhaps he should learn to speak English before he tries to speak Creole.

Update: We think Lori’s on to something.

Update 2: Obama said the same thing in October 2009. You would think his advisers would have clued him in by now.

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Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

Next up: The Marine Corpse and the Army Corpse of Engineers.Imagine the uproar if Bush had said this or used a teleprompter while talking to 6th Graders.Give him some credit - he's got that nose in the sky pose down pat.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Lori said:

What do you expect when you've got a guy who can't do anything but read a TelePrompter eloquently. Maybe they need to project the stuff to him phonetically.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Richard A. Fegley in Liverpool, Pa replied:

It had nothing to do with him reading a telepromter..
It had everything to do with his radical beliefs and hate for
America. I am a former Navy CORPSman that served from 1971
to 1977 on active duty and from 1977 to 1983 in the active reserves.
In the 60s and 70s it was common to be called CORPSEman by
the radicals of that time. They did it as a form of disrespect, I was personally asked if I get extra pay for dead babies. This happen when I was in O'hara airport in Chicago. Some of my fellow CORPSman were spit on and other things done to them. barry obama did NOT read it or say it wrong.
He said what he learned from his radical friends and mentors.
He is an ass and I pray for .
NO MORE YEARS FOR barry obama.
R.A.chuck Fegley

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Red Ruffansore said:

College Edge-U-macated and the idiot can't speak without a teleprompter with sound. Would somebody please get the gaffe hook and get this idiot off the stage.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Steve said:

Oh snap!!!! That was a cringe inducing moment.Anybody keeping score?Steve

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Charlie said:

If Obama had earned his position on the merits of his experience and qualifications alone, he'd have known long ago, many times over the difference between a corpsman and a corpse, man.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Janice Westfall said:

It is an absolute DISGRACE to hear this idiot call Corpsman Brossard a "corpse man". And, he said it THREE times, not twice. This arrogant, nose-in- the-air IDIOT has no respect for our military. The "commander in chief"?? Is that not a terrifying concept?

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Cecile Basilone in New Rochelle replied:

I totally agree - why people call him brilliant is beyond me. I also cringe at the idea that he's the commander and chief of our men fighting overseas. He does not deserve the respect and honor to lead these brave men and woman, especially since he apologizes to all countries for us fighting during the wars, saving innocent lives. Please vofe him out in 2012.

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

ConservaChick said:

"Ameri-CORPSE"... need I say more?...

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:22 PM

sharise parviz said:

It gave me an idea for a new Zombie video. "Obama and the Corpse-man." I gotta say, with these bozos in office, i never lack for material for my show

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

JoArk said:

Just let him keep talking. Give any idiot enough rope and he will eventually hang himself.The only problem is he is an idiot with a lot of power and most of it has gone to his head.God help us all.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Tommy Farmer said:

How ironic that the Commander-in-Chief can't pronounce "corpsman". His Black Liberation Theology religeous mentor (Jeremiah Wright) just happened to be a Navy Hospital Corpsman at Bethesda. Maybe he never heard Wright talk about his background like he didn't hear his hate filled rhetoric over the twenty years he sat in the pews. I don't believe it for a minute...Sorry!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Marlene said:

Are we amazed to be amazed???????

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:39 PM

ted said:

Lord: can we get rid of him in 3 more years.If Bush had screwed up that bad, the entire media would make fun of him. The way it is, looks like only Fox gives us the truth about the Anointed One.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:43 PM

David said:

How can you say Obama "gets a pass" when your post here is contradictory evidence that he doesn't? You further proclaim it would be repeated for the entire weekend and beyond. Well, the "entire weekend and beyond" has not come to pass yet, so why are you making your point based upon speculation as if it has already occurred?And, an individual mispronounces one word and he "should learn to speak English"?Such a sad commentary on your part.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Amanda said:

Can all of you negative people get a life please!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Chris L. said:

This article says Obama said "corpse-man" twice in his speech. He actually said it THREE times, and he also said "corpse-man" in a speech to the troops back in December (you can find the video online). I wonder how his press secretary Gibbs will dance around this latest embarrasment from our President.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM