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Sunday
Jun052011

Sarah Palin: 'I Didn’t Mess Up About Paul Revere'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While Sarah Palin said today she still doesn’t know whether she’ll run for president in 2012, she says she’s certain of knowing something else—her American history.

Palin recently attracted some attention during her bus tour through the Northeast U.S. for her interpretation of Paul Revere’s midnight ride.

"He who warned the, the British that they weren't gonna be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and, um, by making sure that as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free, and we were gonna be armed," Palin said while visiting Revere’s house while in Boston on Thursday.

Revere did not ring bells on his midnight ride, which was in fact a covert mission to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams about the approaching British army.

But on Sunday when FOX News’ Chris Wallace asked Palin if she realized she had messed up the Revere story, Palin countered Wallace, saying she got the story right.

“You know what, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere. Here’s what Paul revere did, he warned the Americans that the British were coming, the British were coming, and they were going to try to take our arms away and we gotta make sure that we were protecting ourselves and shoring up all our ammunitions and our firearms so that they couldn’t take them, but remember that the British had already been there,” Palin said on FOX News Sunday.

She continued by saying that Revere was a courier and didn’t make just one ride.

“Part of his ride was to warn the British that we were already there, that hey, you’re not going to succeed,” Palin said. “You’re not gonna take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well armed persons, individual private militia that we have. He did warn the British.”

Palin wrote off the occurrence as a “shout-out, gotcha” question, telling Wallace that she knows her American history.

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Friday
Jun032011

Sarah Palin Offers Her Own Version of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Perhaps this week's lesson in the annals of American history was necessary for Sarah Palin.

In Boston Thursday, visiting Paul Revere's house, she offered her own account of the Revolutionary War hero's midnight ride from Boston to Lexington, Mass.:

"He who warned, uh, the...the British that they weren't gonna be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and, um, by making sure that as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free...and we were gonna be armed."

Of course, Revere was in fact trying to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams about the approaching British army. And he didn't rely on bells. He was on a covert mission -- although the common folklore retelling of his famous Midnight ride had him yelling,"The British are coming! The British are coming!" for all to hear.

Had he used bells, or shouted, Palin's tour bus might have chugged through the northeast on the left side of the road.

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