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Colbert Gives His Take on Michele Bachmann Comparing Herself to John Wayne (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:57AM
Michelle Bachmann, 'The Colbert Report'Michele Bachmann had a strong image in her mind when she compared herself to John Wayne, who she said was also from Waterloo, Iowa.

Unfortunately, while movie star John Wayne was from Iowa, the only John Wayne from Waterloo, Iowa was serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Stephen Colbert
, at least, was there to support her on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

"Yes, psycho-sexual serial killer John Wayne Gacy is from Waterloo," he admitted. "But that's semantics. You say po-tay-to, I say mass murdering po-tah-to."

While it was a fairly innocent mistake on Bachmann's part, because of Gacy's infamous legacy it's become one the media has been having a lot of fun with. Even though it's pretty obvious she meant the actor John Wayne, she did technically reference Gacy, and that was enough.

Bachmann has responded, clarifying that Wayne's parents' first home was in Waterloo. But her main point was a comparison between herself and the ideals that John Wayne stands for. A point that's gotten almost completely lost because of the "fun" caused by a geographic mix-up.

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