Colbert Catches Palin in History Gaffe
George Washington had a little help keeping his farm going
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
Updated Jun 2, 2011 4:15 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A new, stubble-sporting Stephen Colbert turned his wit on Sarah Palin’s bus tour last night, getting in some barbs in a short segment, the Huffington Post reports. After running a clip of the media questions surrounding the trip, Colbert quipped, “That’s the power of Sarah Palin. No matter what she does, America starts asking, ‘Why is this happening?’” For an “unfiltered, unbiased” view of Palin’s trip, Colbert recommends reading Palin’s website.

That’s where he found this gem: Palin wrote that after a visit to Mount Vernon, daughter Piper was awed by the “diverse interests” George Washington had. “She told me later ‘how hard he must have worked to keep that farm going!’” Colbert stated the obvious: “It’s true. I cannot imagine how hard he worked, with no help other than his African volunteers.” The website also urges fans to donate to the trip. Colbert chimes in: “Won’t you help Sarah Palin learn basic facts about US history for just pennies a day?”

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Jun 3, 2011 8:21 AM CDT
"African volunteers"????? That woman is a disgrace to humanity. And some people love her. What's that say about them?
Jun 3, 2011 8:17 AM CDT
Sarah Palin showing her ignorance on something? Surely not!
Jun 3, 2011 7:50 AM CDT
i dont understand the historical gaffe of proclaiming washington to be hard sure the british of the day would have preferred that he stayed on the farm with his slaves instead of trudging around getting shot at and building a nation...then after basically being declared king of america he stepped down...we tend to idolize successful leaders but he was something surprised that this is held up as an example of palins ignorance...i guess no matter what she says we should chuckle and say "silly woman"...regardless of the content or the context of the statement...if thats high political comedy...stop the presses the daily show is coming on