Sheila Jackson Lee Catches Flack for Citing "Two Vietnams"

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee speaks during the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool) AP

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, raised some eyebrows yesterday with remarks she made referring to "two Vietnams."

"I stand here asking us to do what we did not in do in Vietnam, was to recognize the valiant and outstanding service of our men and women," Jackson Lee said on the House floor yesterday, "and to understand that victory had been achieved."

She continued, "Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side."

Conservative bloggers like Meredith Jessup of Townhall.com lampooned Jackson Lee for her "plain idiotic" remarks. Blogger "Allahpundit" on Hot Air also burns the congresswoman, but he also points to congressional records from a decade earlier in which Jackson Lee proved to have a clear understanding of the history of the Vietnam war.

Nat Thomas, a spokesperson for Jackson Lee, said she clearly misspoke.

"No one would expect a member of her seniority to make that kind of statement and think it to be true," Thomas said, noting that Jackson Lee is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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