21. Michele Bachmann, on John Wayne
Regrettably for Michele Bachmann, getting Elvis' born day wrong wasn't her only attempt to honor a local legend that fell flat thanks to poor fact-checking. While trying to pump up the people of Waterloo, Iowa, the congresswoman kicked off her campaign by comparing her personal pizzazz to that of the town's own John Wayne:
"Well, what I want them to know is, just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too."
One problem: The John Wayne to hail from Waterloo wasn't the film star the politician had in mind, but John Wayne Gacy, an infamous serial killer and rapist convicted of 33 murders.
Talk about a rough start.