Michele Bachmann: President Obama Doesn’t Have Any “Choot-Spa”

This would be why people from Minnesota shouldn’t try to get all ethnic:

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  1. williams1977 says:

    I see she doesn’t get out much.

  2. Barb Hartwell says:

    I don`t know what choot spa is but what about trickle down What It failed.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    Oy gevalt.

  4. Barb Hartwell says:

    Her and her crazy husband should stay in the closet. She has never came to any decisive action herself but she sure likes to bad mouth Obama. and her version of what he is doing wrong. What does she plan to do for this country besides cure gays eliminate the federal minimum wage stop unions, basically bring back slavery to her puppet masters. It would eliminate the middle class like so many governments around the world. Now is that what you want Michelle?

  5. John Peabody says:

    No, no… it’s Uff da.

  6. An Interested Party says:

    My God…Rose Nylund is running for president!

  7. sam says:

    Reminds of the scene in Annie Hall when the ubershiksa orders pastrami with mayonnaise.

  8. Kylopod says:

    I don’t get it. I know Jews from MN. Sen. Franken and his immediate predecessor are Jewish. Somehow I suspect T-Paw wouldn’t make this mistake (well, he’d say “hoots-pa,” which is close enough).

  9. Ernieyeball says:

    I swear a Jewish guy I met in college said “Is that the leevee?” the first he saw the Mississippi River.

  10. Ernieyeball says:

    …the first TIME he saw…
    (Caught that error in 3 min 1 sec apparently)

  11. anjin-san says:

    Won’t hurt her in tea party circles, where ignorant is the new brilliant…

  12. jukeboxgrad says:

    Right about now, I would be expecting her supporters to edit the wikipedia article on chutzpah, in order to show that the way she said it is actually correct, somehow.


    I guess it’s not happening, though. What a shame.

    Via that article one can find this fun link:


    Where you can hear how to pronounce the word. Someone should hack that page and substitute the audio of Bachmann saying it.

  13. Murray says:

    Almost as funny as GWB when he claimed the French didn’t have a word for “entrepreneur” and mispronounced it in the process.

  14. Kylopod says:

    @Murray: I’m afraid that’s an urban legend that was debunked years ago.


    The first time I heard the story, frankly, I was highly skeptical. It sounded like a distorted version of an actual gaffe by Reagan, in which he claimed that the Russian language doesn’t have a word for “freedom.” (It does: svoboda.) But that sort of blunder is more plausible. At least “freedom” isn’t a word of Russian origin, whereas “entrepreneur” is so obviously of French origin that if Bush really had said that line, the proper assumption would have been that he was kidding.