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Barack Obama

RIPPED By Bayonet Co.

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10/23/2012 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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President Barack Obama has offended the bayonet community ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry who tell us they were shocked and even offended when Obama brought up the weapon during last night's debate.

FYI -- Obama was going after Romney when he said, "You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed."



According to the official U.S. Marine Corps website, every Marine is STILL required to complete a bayonet training program ... because "the weapon becomes just as effective [as a rifle] in close combat situations."

We spoke with Dan Riker from Bayonet Inc. -- a leading military surplus outlet that specializes in bayonets -- who tells us he believes Obama's comment was "ignorant ... because our soldiers still use bayonets."

He adds, “[Bayonets] are still distributed to the military all the time -- he should get educated on it”

For the record, Riker says he won't be voting for Obama ... "and I didn't vote for him last election either."

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46.

the_truth_hurts    

OK from now on all "kinves" will be made in china and you will go out of business

640 days ago
47.

Tara    

OMG give it a rest. He never said our soldiers don't use bayonets anymore. He said that is what we use to fight with but now we have more sophisticated ways to fight. We don't have to fight in hand to hand combat like we did in other times in history. We do in fact have much more sophisticated ways to fight so are soldiers are not in as much risk as they once were. Do we still engage in hand to hand combat? Of course we do. But it is not generally the first thing we do so bayonets are not as relevant as they once were. he didn't lie. he is not out of touch. This is just some *********** idiot trying to get his 15 minutes.

640 days ago
48.

really! really?    

And now we know that boys who carry bayonets are whiny little titty-babies... Obama didn't say bayonets were not used today, he said they aren't used as much as they were in earlier years.

640 days ago
49.

Mustardmoon    

I'm personally offended by the way Obama can offer nothing but personal insults and childish jabs during a debate. He is an embarrassment. Only 3 more weeks............

640 days ago
50.

Gretel    

If I was Governor Romney the first thing I would have done upon awakening this morning was to fire the a-hole who decided to toss the 1916 warfare comparison into the debate. I'll bet even Paul Ryan was saying WTF??

640 days ago
51.

Thomas Jefferson    

BO forget to mention we no longer use mustard gas as well.

640 days ago
52.

Janey0444    

Can TMZ stop pretending it's a political website? Stick to celebrities.

640 days ago
53.

Allison    

Oh God GET OVER IT !!! Google Marines and see how many pics have Bayonet NONE SHEESH !!

640 days ago
54.

ALISHA    

PLEASE USE YOUR EARS!!! The president said 'They are used LESS"... he never said the armed forces do not use them! This is getting to be ridiculous! SMH.

640 days ago
55.

NOT ELMO    

All i know is that Barry H. Obama will be The USA President in 2013, Romney is a Total Mess... https://twitter.com/DiannaAgron

640 days ago
56.

CKR    

Mmmmm. I believe the comment was "there are FEWER bayonets," not that there weren't any! Hello!

640 days ago
57.

Nancy    

PEOPLE ARE TO CHILDISH NOW A DAYS. WHY DO YOU PICK SOMETHING OUT OF EVERYTHING OBAMA SAID, TO RANT ABOUT. I'M VOTING FOR OBAMA!

640 days ago
58.

some guy    

Funny that Obama and Romney want to be Commander-in-Chief but none have served in the military.

640 days ago
59.

KenzieQ    

lololol the republicans offended on behalf of the bayonet are really stretchiiiig things, as usual.

640 days ago
60.

Rafaelle Zuccaro    

The whole thing still boils down to the LAST FOUR YEARS!!!! Things are getting WORSE, NOT BETTER---- He is taking us BACKWARD - Romney CANT be any worse than this FAKESTER

640 days ago
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