The presidential hopeful — who was born and grew up in Waterloo as a child before moving to Minnesota — said, "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."
The Washington Times points out one slight problem with the Tea Party favorite's remarks: The John Wayne with roots in Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who was executed by lethal injection in 1994 after being convicted of 33 murders.
John Wayne — the late movie star, director and producer — was born in Winterset, Iowa, but appears to have no specific connection to Waterloo.
And, of course, one cannot overlook the PREGNANT SYMBOLISM of launching a presidential campaign from WATERLOO, a name forever synonymous with TOTAL, COMPLETE, CRUSHING DEFEAT of grandiose PROPORTIONS — be they military or political campaigns, or just about anything. It helps if one has Napoleonic delusions of grandeur, like for example, "GOD SPOKE TO ME AND TOLD ME TO MARRY MR. BACHMANN ... THEN HE SAID: RUN, BABY, RUN!"