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Obama’s Geographic Gaff on Leno

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2013

President Obama has proven to us that he is cool.  Part of that narrative has been created with the help of and the availability of modern media.

This week Obama again hit the TV talk show circuit making yet another appearance on Jay Leno’s gig.  Why not; the entertainment talk shows never ask the tough questions that could be asked in a press conference.

On his latest Leno appearance Obama showed a remarkable ignorance of geography when he referred to the Gulf Coast as including Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida.  Ok, we can forgive the President for Jacksonville, not too far off, but Charleston and Savannah?  (Video and text included below.)

Remember when Sarah Palin made the geographic gaff about Russia in a Katie Couric interview?  The press went viral with this story as proof of Palin’s ignorance.  As for Obama’s current gaff?  They will excuse it as a mere slip of the tong that was taken out of context.

Watch out Mr. President, a few more of these and you could end up topping your Vice President on the gaff meter.

Leno  You mentioned infrastructure.  Why is that a partisan issue?  I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe.  How does that become Republican or Democrat?  How do you not just fix the bridge?

Obama:  I don’t know.  As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together.  Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports.  The Panama [Canal] is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in.  Now, that will be finished in 2015.  If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida –  if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.  And we’ll lose jobs.  Businesses won’t locate here.

Leno  You mentioned infrastructure.  Why is that a partisan issue?  I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe.  How does that become Republican or Democrat?  How do you not just fix the bridge?

Obama:  I don’t know.  As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together.  Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports.  The Panama [Canal] is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in.  Now, that will be finished in 2015.  If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida –  if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.  And we’ll lose jobs.  Businesses won’t locate here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PWr6Pg8jkk

 

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