Obama: I want to be president of all 57 states

posted at 5:25 pm on May 9, 2008 by Allahpundit

Ambinder asks the question you’re already asking yourself. Verdict: Dude’s lost his bearings.


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But if John McCain did this — if he mistakenly said he’d visited 57 states — the media would be all up in his grill, accusing him of a senior moment.

Yep.

amerpundit on May 9, 2008 at 5:26 PM

57 one to go is 58 and didnt make it to hawaii or alaska, because his staff, thats 60 my count. where did the new ten come from ?

palefaced on May 9, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Wasn’t that in the job application:

How many states in the USA?

heh

Utah Boy on May 9, 2008 at 5:28 PM

I think its pretty clear he was joking…

crr6 on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Too many bong hits there ol’ buddy. That Maui Wowie must’ve caught up with him.

NTWR on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

somebody needs to be tucked in and take a nap

SoCalInfidel on May 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

In an Absolut World, there are 57 states.

ReubenJCogburn on May 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Yeah, I can’t fault politicians for making gaffes like these. If I had a camera on my face all day with little sleep they would probably have to make a nightly television segment “Terry’s Gaffe of the Day.”

terryannonline on May 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Forget McCain. Can you imagine the reaction if George Bush said this? Reporters would point and laugh and tell everybody to look at the chimpy idiot.

Zetterson on May 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

I think its pretty clear he was joking…

crr6 on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Of course you do. Like he was joking when he said there was a president of Canada during a debate, right?

amerpundit on May 9, 2008 at 5:32 PM

The Book of The Obamassiah
Chapter I

The Obamassiah shall reveal himself to us by his teachings, which will be the spoken word in the form of the finest silk and silver.

Do not fear if the words of the Obamassiah are not at first clear, you need only to hear them and believe. Be not afraid if the feeling of a cool breeze runs up one’s leg. Do not fear if the words of his glory remove you from your senses and fainting occurs.

Our savior shall become known to us by the wreath of arugala upon his head and his ears for they shall take the form of the handles of a jug of the finest wine.

Herendeththelesson

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:33 PM

He must be counting Guam.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Harvard geography.

RushBaby on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

The Book of The Obamassiah
Chapter II

The Commandments of the Obamassiah are nine but this is a living document and changes are made as needed.

I. Thou shalt not speak the middle name of the Obamassiah. To do so exposes thine as a racist and it shall not be tolerated.

II. Thou shalt not mention past associations of the Obamassiah. To do so exposes thine as a racist. For despite any recent or current friendship his holiness may have with them, he was only a child when they ran afoul of the law. Or he missed that sermon.

III. Thou shalt not mention praise of the Obamassiah by murderers and tyrants. To do so exposes thine as a racist, it is a sign that thine has truly lost one’s bearings.

IV. Thou shalt not mention the schooling of the Obamassiah at any point in his existence. To do so exposes thine as a racist.

V. Thou shalt not question the Obamassiah more than eight times. To do so exposes thine as a racist. For the time of his holiness is of a value beyond your own.

VI. Thou shalt not question the past of the Obamassiah family arrival or his birth. To do so exposes thine as a racist. For events in time matter not if they occur differently than his holiness speaks of them. It matters only that you believe.

VII. Thou shalt not question the words of the Obamassiah’s spouse. For if her words mirror those of the past associations of his holiness then thine is a racist twice over for the mention of them. (see II)

VIII. The purveyors of words to the people shall cast only praise on the Obamassiah. To turn from this exposes thine as a racist and a soldier of the unbeliever and thine should be cast out and lose any source of livelihood.

IX. Thou shalt not question the patriotism of the Obamassiah. To do so exposes thine as a racist. For by not displaying any outward love for his land only proves his love for his land.

Herendeththelesson

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Is he thinking of Heinz-Kerry?

drjohn on May 9, 2008 at 5:36 PM

57? 57!? Does this have anything to do with ketchup? HEINZ ketchup?

morganfrost on May 9, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Oh, did I say tax cuts? I meant to say tax hikes.

Sorry, late night and all.

–President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

The Ugly American on May 9, 2008 at 5:37 PM

You mean there are 57 states i thought there were only 13.You learn something new ever day

thmcbb on May 9, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Is he counting each Hawaiian island separately? And Guam. And Amemrican Samoa. Virgin Islands. How many is that? Canada?

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Air head. C’mon. He isn’t sure how many states there are? Hmmm can he name the capitals of let’s say twenty? ROFL!!

dogsoldier on May 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

I think its pretty clear he was joking…

crr6 on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

He meant to say 47, with 1 to go (AK and HI not justified). He’s joking about the other 3, but obviously mis-spoke.

That’s the point. If McCain had said it; it be McSenile or something.

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

hahaha

trailortrash on May 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I thought it meant he’s exhuasted?

Tom_Shipley on May 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Geez, if Bush has said that…..but Bush doesn’t make Matthews’ peepee feel funny.

drjohn on May 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

He must be counting Guam.

Plus Peurto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, Guantanamo, Iraq, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I wanna hear the capitals of the ones I wasn’t aware of…

thebookkeeper on May 9, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Obama is an idiot. (We have to give this liberal the same dose of medicine the media is giving President Bush.)

jencab on May 9, 2008 at 5:43 PM

I thought it meant he’s exhuasted?

aww, Poor exhausted baby. Whatever is he going to do when that phone rings at 3am with some American woman concerned about her childrens’ safety?

I don’t care about this. It’s pretty much a non-story, but the people who say that this would explode on every stupid news channel if Pres. Bush or McCain said this are quite right.

mjk on May 9, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Maybe he’s counting the Estados Unidos of Mexifornia.

drjohn on May 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM

We all have our occasional brain-farts. Nothing more.

Scribbler on May 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM

LA Times says:

But then he drifted away from the text a tad, as rookies are wont to do sometimes, forgetting how exhausting this primary process is and should be. And trusting in their instincts, their very tired instincts.

His achilles heel is not being tired. It’s being off TelePrompter.

RushBaby on May 9, 2008 at 5:45 PM

The Book of the Obamassiah
Chapter III

Those unenlightened to the truth, and the light, and the way of the Obamassiah shall cling to armaments and religions other than that of the Obamassiah and will mistrust his glory for they understand it not.

This is the word of the Obamassiah.

Herendiththelesson

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:46 PM

And DC, and McCain’s home state of Panama.

pedestrian on May 9, 2008 at 5:46 PM

rihar @535, May I use this to send to my brother? If so, it will get all over. I love it.
L

letget on May 9, 2008 at 5:47 PM

I don’t think he was joking… no punch-line voice inflection, no “you with me” eye contact etc. I really think he was out of it. I have had my brain-farts, but never this rediculous. This was a terrible display of ineptitude.

Hunt035 on May 9, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Maybe he is counting the state of confusion he lives in.

Corsair on May 9, 2008 at 5:47 PM

We all have our occasional brain-farts. Nothing more.

Scribbler on May 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Bush never gets to have one of these.

And now neither does Odumba.

drjohn on May 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM

We all have our occasional brain-farts. Nothing more.

Scribbler on May 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM

As others have said, though, imagine if McCain did this. As a matter of fact McCain has made mistakes and quickly corrected them, but the left went after him anyway.

amerpundit on May 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM

After people laughed at him, he still didn’t get it.

Maxx on May 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Or maybe the state of denial that Hillary is living in. No – I guess denial is in Egypt.

Corsair on May 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM

“rihar @535, May I use this to send to my brother? If so, it will get all over. I love it.”
letget on May 9, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Spread the word my brother! Don’t forget chapter I and III.

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM

The guy knows neither history nor geography. And after listening to his tax policy, you know that math is not a strong suit either.

drjohn on May 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM

I wanna hear the capitals of the ones I wasn’t aware of…

thebookkeeper on May 9, 2008 at 5:42 PM

I dry spewed. Fortunately, I wasn’t drinking anything.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM

He must be counting Guam.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Seven times.

Vizzini on May 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

I added Iraq and Afghanistan and i still come up short.

alycan1 on May 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

The extra 7 states must be where those 10,000 people died from tornadoes.

Mark1971 on May 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Candyland. I think that’s the 54th state.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM

rihar @ 549. Thanks, I be a gal.
L

letget on May 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM

This is the worst part of bloggers: taking a joke or off-the-cuff remark and weaving something bigger out of it.

Sheesh, he’s joking for heavens sake.

SteveMG on May 9, 2008 at 5:52 PM

I want to see a copy of his speech. Maybe he was just reading what was put in front of him.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:53 PM

It was just a senior moment. Or is McCain the only one who gets those?

Whenever Obama makes a reference to McCain’s age (as in the recent “he’s losing his bearings” remark), McCain should just point out that with age comes experience. Obama himself said in 2006 that he wouldn’t be running for the Presidency in 2008 because he wouldn’t have enough experience to be President after just a couple of years in the Senate. Obama was right. He’s too inexperienced to be President.

AZCoyote on May 9, 2008 at 5:53 PM

“rihar @ 549. Thanks, I be a gal.”
letget on May 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Sorry, My Sista’!

Ahem.

carry on.

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:53 PM

He must be counting Guam.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Heh, if you count Guam, The Northern Mariana islands, Washington D.C., Mexico and Canada, you still come up short.

Maxx on May 9, 2008 at 5:54 PM

The precise number which he was probably aiming at is 70.

The United States consists of 50 States and Commonwealths, the District of Columbia, and 19 Territorial Possessions. Many of these Territories are quite well-known: Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, but others are obscure, such as Wake Island, the Marshall Islands, Johnston Atoll, Palmyra, Seranilla Banks, Bajo Nuevo, and the tiny Island made up entire of Guano (bat sh*t), off the coast of Haiti, Navassa.

Of course, Obama won the Guam vote, which is probably the source of his confusion. But he has not yet won Puerto Rico, and he has not yet won the Navassa vote. Though, given the make-up of the Island, it’s likely that he’ll do well there, since his message is essentially full of crap.

Eric Dondero
Libertarian Republican blog

ericdondero on May 9, 2008 at 5:54 PM

Sometimes the best answer is the simplest. Maybe he really doesn’t know how many states there are.

Oldnuke on May 9, 2008 at 5:56 PM

where did the new ten come from ?

palefaced on May 9, 2008 at 5:28 PM

The new math.

CUS on May 9, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Guam, Samoa, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, DC, and Dems Abroad lead to 56 contests in total. Dunno how he got 57. Am I missing one? Maybe he thought the Mariana Islands vote too?

Typhonsentra on May 9, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Non-story, personally. I have brain farts every day. It’s a side effect of being pregnant.

But I agree with everyone else — if a Republican candidate had said that the media would be jumping all over it.

ScoopPC11 on May 9, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Inflation?

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:58 PM

He didn’t catch himself immediately on that?

frankj on May 9, 2008 at 5:59 PM

So, the guy running for the United States of America doesn’t know how many States there are in the United States of America. That’s not a brain fart, that an out of body, down the rabbit hole short cicuirt.

Any yeah, I understand his mistake, he meant 47, with one to go, not including Alaska and Hawaii, 50. But c’mon. How many times in your life do you look at that flag and know there’s 50.

Over30 on May 9, 2008 at 6:00 PM

where did the new ten come from ?

We finally annexed Canada?

irishspy on May 9, 2008 at 6:01 PM

How many times in your life do you look at that flag and know there’s 50.

Over30 on May 9, 2008 at 6:00 PM

im not sure obamas flag has 50 stars

palefaced on May 9, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Obama’s flag has one red star.

Mark1971 on May 9, 2008 at 6:03 PM

I think its pretty clear he was joking…

crr6 on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

I don’t think that you’re thinking.

It’s a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh.

Who speaks like this? The elite?

Entelechy on May 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Don’t resist the CHANGE, people! You’re all sounding racist.

NTWR on May 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Has mexico annexed half the US while I was asleep?
L

letget on May 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

57 states” from a member of the board of the Annenberg Challenge.

Obama and Ayres (as VP); the next Martin and Lewis?

Arbalest on May 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Non-story, personally. I have brain farts every day. It’s a side effect of being pregnant.
ScoopPC11 on May 9, 2008 at 5:58 PM

That’s it! Damn! You got it! He’s pregnant! I never thought of that. :-)

Oldnuke on May 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:33 PM

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Be Aware, Brother rihar, that if you be so insolent as to include pictures of the Obamassiah, (penis-butter-upon-him), or of his only Wife, Barackichelle, or of his daughters, we shall declare Fatwa upon you! ulululululululuuh!

Seriously, though, +10!

dmh0667 on May 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

He’ll annex the territories/commonwealths, duh.

Entelechy on May 9, 2008 at 6:07 PM

state of confusion…….. still missing a few, help me out.

palefaced on May 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM

IMPERIALIST!!!!

robblefarian on May 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM

“Senator Obama is tired. It’s hard to run for the highest position in this country. We must be tolerant and civilized of each other. There’s not much difference between 50-57″ – - Sen. McCain

Entelechy on May 9, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Come on, my demented mother can come up with 50 states, that is more than a brain fart that’s downright stoopid…maybe he should be in the military/sarc

ihasurnominashun on May 9, 2008 at 6:12 PM

He wasn’t joking. He didn’t smile until people laughed at him. And trying to include the non-state primaries doesn’t explain it away. He said he had been in the state. Is he claiming he campaigned in American Somoa and Guam but not Hawaii and Alaska?

It was a gaff. And forget McCain, if he was any Republican they’d be hammering him.

Spolitics on May 9, 2008 at 6:12 PM

And many think Hillary should quit…

Entelechy on May 9, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Dammit, he said 57 STEAKS! 57 STEAKS!

FishFearMe on May 9, 2008 at 6:14 PM

His achilles heel is not being tired. It’s being off TelePrompter.

RushBaby on May 9, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Bullseye.

Harpazo on May 9, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Wow, America does need more maps.

Dusty on May 9, 2008 at 6:16 PM

I hope someone is collecting all these gaffs for a response ad for when they start saying McCain is too old to be President.

Spolitics on May 9, 2008 at 6:17 PM

This is the worst part of bloggers: taking a joke or off-the-cuff remark and weaving something bigger out of it.

Sheesh, he’s joking for heavens sake.

SteveMG on May 9, 2008 at 5:52 PM

(UPDATE: At a later stop Obama was talking with reporters and expressed concern he’d also mis-stated the number of potential cyclone victims in Burma. He said, “”I hope I said 100,000 people the first time instead of 100 million. I understand I said there were 57 states today. It’s a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh.” At that point, an aide cut him off and ushered journalists out. Before he could mis-speak again?)

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 6:18 PM

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Heh, just sent all three chapters off to my whole address book. I should get some interesting responses…

NTWR on May 9, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Thinking he can walk on water and “change” America has gotten to his head. Time for him to relax and take a month off to avoid even more reporters’ questions.

seanhackbarth on May 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM

Like arugula and clinging to bitterness, this has legs.

It’s worth noting that the phrase to lose one’s bearings is derived from nautical terminology and as a lawyer he should know better than to open that door.

Compare and contrast:

Barry Obama maneuvers his fleet around the rubber duckies in his bathtub.

John Sidney McCain.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2008 at 6:21 PM

His wife must be so “Proud!”

lsbblack on May 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM

terryannonline on May 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Heh, same here. As many blunders as I make in my normal life, I’ve always shuddered to think what would happen were I under public scrutiny 24/7.

joewm315 on May 9, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Heh, if you count Guam, The Northern Mariana islands, Washington D.C., Mexico and Canada, you still come up short.

Maxx on May 9, 2008 at 5:54 PM

hehehehehe!

jerrytbg on May 9, 2008 at 6:25 PM

joewm315 on May 9, 2008 at 6:25 PM

oh pleeeeeease….you’ve got to kidding me!!!!
oh wait…I’m sorry …he was educated in Indonisia…duh.
How stupid of me!!!

jerrytbg on May 9, 2008 at 6:29 PM

At a later stop Obama was talking with reporters and expressed concern …. that “my numeracy is getting a little, uh.” At that point, an aide cut him off and ushered journalists out….
hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 6:18 PM

This is an indication of nicotine withdrawal. Just what would happen if this narcotic addict was faced with a crisis and no tobacco was available? He’d better start wearing the patch.

Beto Ochoa on May 9, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Potatoe.

NCC on May 9, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Makes sense. He’s been in the state of Confusion. In the state of Denial. The state of Consciousness-as-a-black-man. Well, who knows how many others?

NNtrancer on May 9, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Makes sense. He’s been in the state of Confusion. In the state of Denial. The state of Consciousness-as-a-black-man. Well, who knows how many others?

NNtrancer on May 9, 2008 at 6:31 PM

All 6.25% of him. Alleged only to be, that is….

jerrytbg on May 9, 2008 at 6:39 PM

He said he’s been to 57 states, except Alaska and Hawaii which his staff wouldn’t justify or something like that.

That means there are 59 States!

Wow … early senility.

darwin on May 9, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Plus Peurto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, Guantanamo, Iraq, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

YYYAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!

–Howard Dean

Tuning Spork on May 9, 2008 at 6:40 PM

It is pretty remarkable that he said this. This is like saying that the sun is cold. Mis speaking is one thing. Being wrong is entirely different. How could you come up with 57 states? HOW?!

ThackerAgency on May 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Is this the same guy who said that there was a storm in Kansas where ten thousand people died – an entire town destroyed?

wise_man on May 9, 2008 at 6:57 PM

At least he didn’t say Iran was aiding Al Qeada

tommylotto on May 9, 2008 at 6:57 PM

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