To Gaffe is Human, To Deceive is Malign

gaffe /gaf/ -Noun: An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder.

What constitutes a ‘gaffe’? As the definition that heads this articles explains, along with other dictionary definitions, a gaffe is an unintentional act or remark that is an obvious, clumsy social error; a ‘faux pas’. Given that a gaffe is an obvious error, is it possible for a gaffe to be subjective?

For starters, let’s look at an example from this past Saturday when Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his nominee for Vice President.

We can both agree that this is an obvious and clumsy social error. Everyone is prone to making mistakes and if you’ve watched the news since Saturday, I’m certain you’ve seen that clip. Undoubtedly this misspoken sentence has been the source of laughter from the Left, but dare we remind them of this clip from four years ago?

Now that you’re chuckling over the irony, let’s explore the idea of subjective gaffes. A key requirement in a gaffe is such that it is an obvious mistake. It is my contention that the re-election effort being made on behalf of Barrack Obama is using this rubber stamp of a ‘gaffe’ to clean up anything the public reacts negatively. My question to you is that where is the line between an obvious, clumsy social error and the true expression of one’s beliefs?

The clip that immediately comes to mind, that has been played over and over, is the ‘you didn’t build that’ excerpt of Obama’s speech from Roanoke, VA on July 13th, 2012.

Does this look like an obvious and clumsy social error or is this Barrack Obama stringing together logical points to express his philosophy?

How about here when the President is speaking with a small business owner in Ohio in 2008.

Is this an obvious social miscue that merits the label of a ‘gaffe’?

How about here?

This is a very logical statement of what President Obama truly believes about our economy. He explained this idea twice on August 9th in separate speeches. To President Obama, the only way to revive a business is for the government to intervene on the private sector.

Lastly, a clip from yesterday further defines the manner in which the President views our economic system* and the value of the individual.

The President offers the rhetorical question “Do we go forward towards a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared?” Obama asked. “Or do we go backward to the same policies that got us in the mess in the first place?”

Is the President suggesting that we go “forward” into an economic system in which our “prosperity is shared” (socialism) by rejecting the “same policies that got us in the mess in the first place” (capitalism*)?

*(The economic system in which brought on the most dramatic and expansive increase in the average standard of living in human history. The same economic model that has made the US a unilaterally recognized super power and economic giant it is today).

The label of ‘gaffe’ is used liberally by the Left to dismiss portions of speeches or ideas that the President has earnestly offered to the American people. Today, gaffes have ceased to be obvious errors and have been redefined as statements that are attempted to be retracted with little political discourse.  Stay tuned as we continue to track and identify these ideological windows into Barrack Obama’s world view.

-Dean Jones