Thursday is Pearl Harbor Day, in which the United States remembers the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by the Japanese that brought the United States into World War II.
But when President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter to pay their respects, they fell a little bit short.
Trump’s tweet drew on a bit of history:
“National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – ‘A day that will live in infamy!’ December 7, 1941.”
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – “A day that will live in infamy!” December 7, 1941
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2017
It’s a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s speech following the attack, and it’s very close, but not quite accurate. History buffs know that the quote is actually “a date that will live in infamy,” but the sentiment is more or less the same.
Melania’s tweet was also so close and yet so far:
“Today we honor Pearl Harbor Heroes 11/7/1941 Thank you to all military for your courage and sacrifice!”
It’s probably a typo, but it’s hard to miss getting the date wrong on the very same day that you’re actually writing the tweet. After all, it’s December, not November.
This president has become known for his gaffes and bombastic tweets on the social media site, so this pair of tweets simply fits a long-existing pattern.