Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hey, we all make mistakes, right?

“There are 57 states, it’s 2008, and George W Bush is an idiot. I think I’m getting the hang of it ...” -- Tim Ferguson

President Obama was in Ireland the other day, according to his statement, searching for the apostrophe that was missing from his last name, as he is at least partially Irish. Unfortunately, this would make his name Gaelic for “Son of Bama.”

But the real gaff that has made the rounds of the right-wing blogosphere, is the date he gave on the guest book today at Westminster Abbey. He marked the year as 2008. (Go ahead, click on it. You know you want to.)

A couple of things are worth considering. First, many of us are prone to writing the previous year on personal checks well into January. It's possible that he hasn't had to open his own car door, much less personally write a check, since that year, if not earlier. (That, and you have to admit, that was a pretty good year for him.) Second, if he had been a Republican, the mainstream media, and every late-night show host, would be milking this one for all it's worth. Just like they did with Dan Quayle in 1988 when he supposedly misspelled “potatoe” even though some parts of the English-speaking world (if not necessarily Indiana) actually spell it that way.

Even after referring to 57 states in the Union a while back, our current President seems to get off pretty easy, don't you think?

Or don't you?


Unknown said...

"57-states-gate" says far more negative things about those who harp upon it that it does about obama.

the 57 states gaffe occured near the tail end of obama's campaign for what is probably the most powerful position in the world. he was still in the midst of a grueling schedule of campaign activity. he had just visted his 47th of 48 continental states.

so, being tired from his extremely grueling schedule, he accidentally said fifty(the total number of all states)-seven instead of forty-seven, with one more to go (48 continental states). wow! what a scandal!

of course, to even think for a moment that a us senator and harvard graduate didn't know the number of states is too ridiculous to even entertain.

p.s. obama is clearly smarter than gwb.

David L Alexander said...

"p.s. obama is clearly smarter than gwb."

That's a good point. He got elected without anywhere near the political experience or personal scrutiny of his predecessor, and with the unabashed favoritism displayed by the mainstream news media. Pure genius.

As to the gaffes themselves, read the piece again. It was not about the gaffe, so much as how a double standard applies to them.