Who’s Neville Chamberlain? Bret Baier tells tweeter to Google it

https://twitter.com/proverbial_one/status/293868611238522880

In his analysis of President Obama’s inauguration speech, Fox News’ Bret Baier was surprised that more attention wasn’t paid to what he thought was a familiar phrase: “peace in our time.”

And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes:  tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

Even more surprising than the lifting of a line from Neville Chamberlain, though, was a tweet to Baier asking, who’s Neville Chamberlain?

https://twitter.com/penguinponders/status/293868337316913153

Baier’s response? Google it.

https://twitter.com/LucianneLinks/status/293871687756288000

https://twitter.com/harrisng/status/293869204153696256

https://twitter.com/TimmyCBU/status/293886357162557440

https://twitter.com/donkbuster99/status/293867886357909504

https://twitter.com/scktwstdfrk/status/293868154885640192

https://twitter.com/like2write/status/293868288176447488

https://twitter.com/nolan_md/status/293868489670787072

So, which is more troubling? That Americans don’t know who Neville Chamberlain was, or that the president chose him to quote in his inaugural address?

https://twitter.com/shine_right/status/293868279045443584

https://twitter.com/sal_mac/status/293870097934725120

https://twitter.com/sal_mac/status/293870372355465216

  • http://xristosdomini.wordpress.com/ xristosdomini

    Shorthand answer: Neville Chamberlain = Obama before Obama.

    • ozconservative

      Well….not really. Chamberlain was a decent, honorable and honest man who believed what he was doing was good for the world. Obama is dishonest and has neither honor nor decency and everything Obama does serves Obama.

      • Lia Markham

        Probably a better comparison would be Jimmy Carter.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I don’t think Sock Puppet plagiarized it because I don’t think he’s bright enough to know who Chamberlain was either.

  • Terry_Jim

    “Peace in our time” = Achmedinadinnerjacket will have Iranian nukes pointed at Israel and American forces in the Middle East before the midterm elections.

    • Jack Deth

      Yes, Terry:

      But on whose side will US forces fight?

      Best guess says that our forces will be supplying the tanks, helicopters and fighter aircraft the Muslim Brotherhood lacks.

      • Lois

        What I just said above…

    • Jack Deth

      Yes, Terry:

      But on whose side will US forces fight?

      Best guess says that our forces will be supplying the tanks, helicopters and fighter aircraft the Muslim Brotherhood lacks.

    • Lois

      I’d vote this up, but the thought depresses me too much!

  • Jack Deth

    I’ve tried informing co-workers who were raised and educated in the 1980s and 90s about WWII, the Cold War, Vietnam and beyond. I can’t count the number of blank stares I’ve received. I may as well have been speaking Venusian. They have no clue or concept. Nor any desire to seek one.

    A public school education guarantees a populous just dumb enough to be dangerous to others!

    • NC_Boy

      That’s “populace”.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Jack, We live in a red-voting area and our school teachers are for the most part, different than the leftist, union hacks that can be found in most urban areas. But 10 years ago my step daughter was a HS Senior. She came to me for a paper she was writing and posed a few general questions about WWII.

      I still keep the 1960 World Book Encyclopedias that my Dad bought for us when I was a kid. I grew up looking at those all the time. We also had a set of Britannica’s, but the WB had pictures, so I was always in them.

      I handed her the W-Z book and showed her where WWII started. I said that if she had any questions after that, bring them to me. She was amazed at what WASN’T being taught about the lead up to the war, and how it was largely the last battle of WWI.

  • Jack Deth

    I’ve tried informing co-workers who were raised and educated in the 1980s and 90s about WWII, the Cold War, Vietnam and beyond. I can’t count the number of blank stares I’ve received. I may as well have been speaking Venusian. They have no clue or concept. Nor any desire to seek one.

    A public school education guarantees a populous just dumb enough to be dangerous to others!

  • ceemack

    Chamberlain was a civilized man who believed that Herr Hitler was also a civilized man. Foolishness can result in evil without any evil intent.

    To what historical figure is Obama most similar? I’d be more inclined to say that Barack Obama is Vidkun Quisling, at best. Lenin at worst.

    But if so many of our countrymen a) don’t know who Neville Chamberlain is and b) are too &*$#!%#$! lazy to look it up themselves, it’s a lot easier to understand how the Worst President in History got re-elected.

    • Nunaya Dambizness

      I agree with your characterization. However, of course, the response from low-info voters to your comment would be, “Who was Vidkun Quisling?” DUH! And I weep for the future of our country yet again…

      • TomJB

        Id give a pass on not knowing Quisling. Chamberlain’s actions, or lack thereof actually, directly contributed to the soon-to-be allies’ preparation efforts for the inevitably war. A Norwegian power-grab really doesn’t meet he bar for a general history course that is not specifically WWII focused aside from a mention. With US involvement in France after WWII, I would not, however, give the same pass on someone asking “Who was Vichy?”

    • Hiraghm

      I can’t call him worst President in history…. he’s not President.

    • pajamakat

      If he’s not in a reality show, nobody knows or cares. What a shame.

    • ked5

      more stalin than lenin

  • ceemack

    Chamberlain was a civilized man who believed that Herr Hitler was also a civilized man. Foolishness can result in evil without any evil intent.

    To what historical figure is Obama most similar? I’d be more inclined to say that Barack Obama is Vidkun Quisling, at best. Lenin at worst.

    But if so many of our countrymen a) don’t know who Neville Chamberlain is and b) are too &*$#!%#$! lazy to look it up themselves, it’s a lot easier to understand how the Worst President in History got re-elected.

  • Peyton

    Sadly, I had to look up Neville Chamberlain.

    • 3seven77

      Sad, yes. But at least you made the effort to find out.

    • 3seven77

      Sad, yes. But at least you made the effort to find out.

    • Hiraghm

      Did you find him? I think he’s been occupying a cemetery somewhere, lately.

  • Peyton

    Sadly, I had to look up Neville Chamberlain.

  • Sons Thunder

    Reminds me of when Kevin James, a former Assistant US Attorney and radio host was asked about the link between Obama and Chamberlain: http://bit.ly/dyw7W5
    Warning: Chris Matthews at the link!

    • michael s

      That segment is still the best hardball segment ever. Matthews tore into that moron Talk show host Kevin James. Kevin what did Neville Chamberlain do? What did he do? Mark green also had fun on James’s stupidity. To think that moron was a US Atty. It seems Bret has Kevinitis.

      • Hiraghm

        And Obama has Leninitis. Or maybe he just has a bad case of the Trotskys.

        • michael s

          Kevin you are bsing me. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Kevin when you’re in a hole stop digging. Classic shredding of a moron.

  • Sons Thunder

    Reminds me of when Kevin James, a former Assistant US Attorney and radio host was asked about the link between Obama and Chamberlain: http://bit.ly/dyw7W5
    Warning: Chris Matthews at the link!

  • namdor62

    Actually, the quote from Chamberlain was “peace FOR our time”, not “peace IN our time”. Perhaps Obama was quoting from the Evening Prayer service in the 1928 Episcopal BCP (“Give peace in our time, O Lord.”) ?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      What’s worse was the last line, just after the “peace” statement. He ended with “Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”

  • namdor62

    Actually, the quote from Chamberlain was “peace FOR our time”, not “peace IN our time”. Perhaps Obama was quoting from the Evening Prayer service in the 1928 Episcopal BCP (“Give peace in our time, O Lord.”) ?

  • Kindaconservative

    Neville Chamberlain sold out the future for his own vainglory. Pres. Obama apparently looks to him as a role model.

  • Kindaconservative

    Neville Chamberlain sold out the future for his own vainglory. Pres. Obama apparently looks to him as a role model.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Anyone who didn’t notice more than two years ago that Obama seeks to appease the Muslim Brotherhood in the same fashion that Chamberlain sought to appease Hitler, has not been paying attention and slept through high school history class.

    More proof that the federal government’s involvement in public schools has been a monumental disaster.

    • Garth Haycock

      I think there is a bit of a difference between Dear Leader and Chamberlain in that Dear Leader believes in the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood and Chamberlain was just a candyass. Carter is a better comparison to Chamberlain, IMO.

  • nc

    Look on the bright side: At least they asked and maybe they will learn who Neville Chamberlain was?

    • RightThinking1

      Too bad. Baier missed a chance to have them google ‘Great Appeaser’

  • therantinggeek

    *facepalm*

  • BeeKaaay

    Who is Neville Chamberlain? The leftwingwacko media. And Obama.

  • Tequila

    Bear in mind that most people under 25 don’t even know that Germany was once split in two separate countries or that Poland was under Russian control as part of the Soviet Union. A lot of them probably think the Berlin Wall is a cool name of punk rock band.

    • texastommy

      “Germany was once split into two countries? Really? Come on, now, you’re making that up.” – Michelle Obama

      • http://twitter.com/TruPundit BristolGOP Backup

        No way. She’s old enough to remember that.

  • Steve_J

    History in U S schools is seriously lacking. However, the students do learn to feel good about themselves, even though they lack any achievements.

    • ked5

      so is civics. the students at the University of Vermont that pushed forward a “end women’s suffrage” petition had *feminists* signing it. they proved their point.

  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    Sadly, not knowing history & historical figures is worse. It’s ignorance that dooms people to repeat the history they’ve never bothered to learn. That il Duce 2.0 quoted the biggest dunderhead in the UKs history is no surprise. Remember what he did w/the Churchill bust? I’m listening for when he quote il Duce, the original.

    • Hiraghm

      It’s these same people who sneer and criticize the ‘bad old’ 50s, while having no clue about anything to do with the era.

  • http://twitter.com/Chris_1791 @chris_1791

    But ask the low information American voter anything about the Kardashian’s or one of the idiot Housewives of [Insert city] and they can tell you everything! Another example of the public school system education.

  • Matthew Morris

    Easily half my co-workers don’t know why the plastic skull on my desk is called ‘Yorik’. My usual reply is “I’d call you a Philistine, but then you’d complain you’re not from Philidelphia.” *sigh*

    • Mark Stephens

      Alas.

  • Txgirlinnh

    I’ll take basic world history for 400 Alex.

  • ClinkinKY

    I know who Richard and Wilt Chamberlain are, but who is this Neville you speak of? A brother?…/s

  • Herman LaClair

    isn’t he a basketball player? oh, wait…if he was, they’d know him.

  • RightThinking1

    How can they not know who it was that assured “peace for our time”? I mean if it weren’t for Chamberlain compromising with the Democratic Socialists, then they might have slaughtered 70,000 Commonwealth civilians, and perhaps half a million Commonwealth soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

    Yes. Chamberlain was truly ahead of his time…, it wasn’t until our own Jimmy Carter stepped onto the stage that the U.S. enjoyed such a towering figure of insight and diplomacy. Our great good fortune is that such stalwarts as Clinton, and (genuflecting here) Mr. Obama have followed in Chamberlain’s footsteps. Mr. Obama has taken the bold step of simply adopting the Democratic Socialist agenda directly, to the great relief of The People.

    We should learn from Chamberlain’s success that the best way to deal with aggressive manics is ‘outreach’, ‘conflict resolution’, and ‘compromise’ rather than a misguided perception of peace through strength.

    • CSmith

      Heh. Although there were people in Britain at the time who were smart enough to use the “peace” NC “negotiated” to quick start their woefully behind military industry.

  • RightThinking1

    It just came to me that an inanimate *bust* of Churchill in the White House would be more confidence inspiring than the *guy* who is actually there.

  • agentm0m

    I’m not surprised the low information voter doesn’t know who Neville Chamberlain was. The Teacher’s Union isn’t going to teach our future low info voters about how appeasement fails. They need the little appeasers of the future.

  • agentm0m

    #WhoIsNevilleChamberlain

    I started a hashtag to educate the low info voter. I figure they need all the education they can get.