In the latest Rewrite, Mitt Romney said he wishes he could claim he is Hispanic. What made him say that? MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell explains in the Rewrite.
Pearl Harbor Survivors' President William Muelhieb at the Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday.
It was called today "a date that will live in infamy" by FDR. But Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor was an event witnessed by only a few living Americans. More from the Associated Press:
Fewer and fewer veterans who experienced the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, are alive to mark the anniversaries and most of them are in their 90s, many prevented by health problems from traveling to Hawaii. One survivors' group said it would disband because age and infirmity made it too difficult to carry on.
"People had other things that they wanted to do with the remainder of their lives," Pearl Harbor Survivors Association president William Muehleib said. "It was time."
But 70 years later, we are still learning more about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, author Craig Shirley talked about what President Roosevelt may have known days before the 1941 attack with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
Texas Governor Rick Perry admitted debates aren't his "strong suit." Let's say he's no Revolutionary War buff either.
The presidential candidate headed over to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at Dartmouth after last night's GOP debate for a press conference. (Keg stand!!!) When discussing the founding fathers — because that's what you do at a frat party, duh — he told a mix of reporters and students the Revolutionary War occurred in the 16th century. You know, just 200 years before the colonists fought for independence from England.
"Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid of that because they’d just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you, and then it was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will."
You can see the eye-rolls and squirming around the room after his mix-up.
This gaffe blew up Twitter, with users tagging #PerryHistory to their tweets. And they were not kind to the Texan.
He's not the only Republican to gloss over the historical record this past year. Fellow candidate Michele Bachmann mixed up her states, touting New Hampshire as the location of the "shot that was heard round the world." Sarah Palin fumbled her account of Paul Revere's midnight ride, saying he was warning the British and he, like, rang some bells and yelled some stuff about not taking guns away.
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