Reason #42/43 – Obama: “I’ve Now Been in 57 States!”/Obama: U.S. has “Countries”!!!


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Reason #42

Obama: “I’ve Now Been in 57 States!”

Here are his words: In a 2008 campaign stop at Beaverton, Oregon, Obama made a statement that was received very differently by liberals and conservatives.  Most liberals will say he misspoke because he was exhausted from a busy campaign schedule.  Have you, even once, heard any American make a similar error?

The question:  Was it exhaustion, or was it the error of a person whose only attachment to this nation is superficial and academic – not emotional.

“Over the past 15 months we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States.  I’ve now been in 57 states?  I think one left to go – one left to go.  Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit…”[i]

That makes 60!  Ask yourself how many times you’ve made the same error, or heard a friend or relative misstate the number of states in the United States of America…or perhaps just give Obama another pass.

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)

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Reason #43

Obama: Ever the European – Speaks of U.S. “Countries”

In October, 2011, speaking at the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) #5 Training Center in Pittsburg, PA, President Obama took the opportunity to cast Republicans as being against his Jobs Act because passing it would represent a Win for him [Obama].  He then went on to characterize the Act as something that would represent a Win for the working people of America – virtually everyone.  Having once again created a divisive strawman, Obama also used this speech to reiterate his opinion of America’s exceptionalism, stating:

“We used to have the best stuff. We used to be the envy of the world. People would come to our countries and they would say, look at — look at the Hoover Dam, look at the Golden Gate Bridge. Now people go to Beijing Airport and they say, I wish we had an airport like that. We can’t compete that way, playing for 2nd or 3rd or 4th or 8th or 15th place.”[ii] (Emphasis added)

Aside from being another example of Obama denigrating the Country he was elected to lead, his use of the word “Countries” here, leaves me wondering if he has once again confused us with his beloved Europe.  In the U.S., we have “States” – just not 57, or 60 of them.  But, even most first graders know – we don’t have “Countries.”

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Uploaded by Obamagaffe, (May 9, 2008), YouTube web-site, Obama Claims he’s Visited 57 States, retrieved November 15, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

[ii] President Barack Obama, (October 11, 2011), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President on the American Jobs Act, given at IBEW #5 Training Center, Pittsburg, PA, retrieved December 16, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/11/remarks-president-american-jobs-act

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