Over the summer, Sarah Palin embarked on a cross-country bus tour
meant to "educate and energize Americans about our nation's founding principles." But along the way, she got a few facts confused about those early moments in American history. When asked who Paul Revere was during a stop in Boston, Palin said: "He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."
In reality, Revere was warning fellow patriots John Hancock and Samuel Adams about the approaching British army -- and he did not use bells to do it.
Later, Palin defended her answer, saying, "Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that 'hey, you're not going to take American arms, you are not going to beat our own well-armed persons individual private militia that we have.'"