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Don't Know Much About History

Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011 4:52 AM

It's bad enough that Sarah Palin turned Paul Revere's Ride into word salad; now comes Rep. Michele Bachmann's take on American History: that John Quincy Adams was one of our founding fathers.

John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams, was born in 1767. He was 9 years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed. (He would become the 6th President of the United States in 1825.)

Bachmann insisted she had the facts right. And there have apparently been attempts to edit the Wikipedia page for Adams to reflect his upgraded status.

This followed another gaffe by Bachmann, who cited her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa as the birthplace of John Wayne.

Except it wasn't the late actor John Wayne (who was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa); it was John Wayne Gacy, notable serial killer who was from Waterloo.

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