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Clinton Sleeping and Romney Rapping

By Brian | January 23, 2008 | Share on Facebook

It was a productive Martin Luther King Day for the Gaffe Machine, as two prominent political figures were caught doing embarrassing things on Monday. And since one of them involves sleeping, my Google Analytics stats are already showing search queries about it, so I figure I better mention it here.

Here’s Bill Clinton falling asleep during an MLK Day church sermon while having the misfortune of being seated right behind the pastor:

Then there’s Mitt Romney, who took a picture with a bunch of African American kids (get it? MLK Day and he’s with African American kids? Subtle, huh?) and said “Who has the camera?” followed, rather unfortunately, by “Who let the dogs out? Whoo! Whoo!”

Just for the record, I don’t think either of these things are a big deal at all. As I mentioned when I coined the term Gaffe Machine, I think our media-glut, youtube-enabled, short-attention-span culture takes life’s little embarrassing moments and spins them up into center stage, double spotlight productions. Those who seek to embarrass these men will use these clips for that purpose, but they don’t say anything (positive or negative) about the men themselves.

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