Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), free from the constraints of running for president, opened her speech at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference with a joke.
"Running for President of the United States is really one series of humiliations after another, but it's also a very educational experience," she said.
"I know where John Wayne was born."
"I know the day Elvis Presley was born."
"Thirdly, I learned never forget the three things that you learn," she said.
She focused the entire rest of her speech on foreign policy. She acknowledged that the death of Osama Bin Laden in a mission ordered by President Barack Obama and the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after the Libyan uprising (backed by NATO air forces) were "tactical successes." However, she claimed that the president's foreign policy had made the Middle East "a mess." She cast the Arab Spring in a dark light, bemoaning how leaders in Tunisia and Egypt were deposed.
Bachmann has announced that she is running for re-election in her Minnesota congressional district.
Here are some of Bachmann's greatest gaffes, including the ones she joked about at CPAC.