As part of his July 4, 2019 speech at the Lincoln Memorial, President Trump provided his listeners with a brief synopsis of the Revolutionary War that freed the Colonies … that would become the United States of America … from British Rule.
It was a valiant effort on the part of our “beloved” President, but he did make a few minor mistakes:
- The Continental Army was led by General George Washington. It was not named after him nor was he called the Commander-in-Chief. That title did not yet exist.
- The Continental Army did not have to “take over the airports”. The first powered and manned airplane did not take flight until December 14, 1903.
- Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis was not of Yorktown. He surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown. He was of England.
- Fort McHenry became famous in 1814 during the War of 1812 … 33 years after Cornwallis’ surrender ended the Revolutionary War. It was at Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” … which was later set to music and renamed “The Star Spangled Banner“, our national anthem.
See … nothing important … and President Trump had a “good” excuse:
“That’s not a good feeling when you’re standing in front of millions and millions of people,” he said. “I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter.”
That explains it. Either the “knocked out” teleprompter scrambled separate parts of an otherwise stellar speech … or, the President was “winging it“. If Mr. Trump was forced to speak extemporaneously for this part of the speech:
- He was demonstrating his astonishing ignorance about the country of which he is the Chief Executive, and/or:
- He was proving what many of us have suspected for a long time … his train of thought tends to jump the track. To express it in the way so many of us celebrate Independence Day, he’s become a few cans short of a six-pack. Bless his heart.
This Is Your President!