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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McCain most likely recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Gettysburg Address, and named all the 50 States when being tortured by the vietcongs.

Obama, the latest greatest poser for the presidency could not even perform the script right with a friendly audience.

Mr. Wright, Mr. Ayers, Ms. Dohrn, Mr. Obama, all drank from the same well. True communist comrades indeed. I wonder what would Americans do with a president like Mugabe, Castro, or Chavez?

TrueKatipunero on May 9, 2008 at 7:04 PM

maybe he is just already our 50 in with 7 Muslim “states”….just ahead of his own time

sbark on May 9, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Quick, somebody ask him how many senators there are.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 7:05 PM

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

Occam’s razor.

a capella on May 9, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Hmmm…. Baha Cal, Sonora,Chihahua,Coahuila, Druango…. etc… etc… etc… (yep, channelin Yul Brenner)

You know, the OTHER states of the North American Union?

Romeo13 on May 9, 2008 at 7:09 PM

a capella on May 9, 2008 at 7:05 PM

roflmao!!!!!!!!!!!

jerrytbg on May 9, 2008 at 7:10 PM

There’s your sign

ConservativePartyNow on May 9, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Good heavens. Nobody believes that Obama doesn’t know how many states there are, but I certainly agree with those who’ve speculated what would happen if Bush or McCain had done this. Oy!

capitalist piglet on May 9, 2008 at 7:12 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

Yeah, C’mon, guys, he’s answered answered at least…what, eight?

The ‘O’ in his name is actually a zero; it means “Empty Suit” in Hawaiian-Swahilli.

dmh0667 on May 9, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Nobody said he was talking about the USA!!

…or maybe Obama has plans to make Mexico, Canada, Iraq, Israel, Germany and France states #52-57.

Wonder if he’ll salute the flag then.

landlines on May 9, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Nobody believes that Obama doesn’t know how many states there are

capitalist piglet on May 9, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Au contraire!!! What evidence do we have that Obama knows or even cares how many states there are??

landlines on May 9, 2008 at 7:23 PM

The poor bastard must have been really tired. I’ll give him an oops on that one and pretend it didn’t happen. Concerning Reverend Wright, on the other hand…..

RWLA on May 9, 2008 at 7:26 PM

He meant to say 47. He said he has one to go, and “wasn’t allowed” to go to Alaska and Hawaii. No big deal.

mikeyboss on May 9, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Sorry, lorien, I see you already made that point.

mikeyboss on May 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Terminator V

In the future there will be 10 more states befor Skynet goes nuclear.

Failing 4 times to kill John Connor (and the many many times in the series) Skynet decides to have a terminator run for president who will:

1. Distroy the American Military before even one nuke goes off.

2. Cause countries all over the world to fall to Muslim domination taking them back centuries in technology.

3. Take away Americas guns to the common man can’t join in the fight.

4. Not talk to Fox News so they won’t realize he’s a terminator.

5. Touch Chris Matthews.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Ron Richardson: Yeah? Are you gonna make it all 220?
Jack Butler: Yeah. 220… 221, whatever it takes.

Mr. Mom (1983)

Kind of like HillDog when she was running on fumes and started imagining snipers.

Even a Messiah needs some rest every now and again.

TheCulturalist on May 9, 2008 at 7:43 PM

5. Touch Chris Matthews.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

funny…

TheCulturalist on May 9, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Well he sure is experienced isn’t he?

tarpon on May 9, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Hey! BO oughta be on the next Tonite Show “Jaywalking” segment!

demsdelendaest on May 9, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Imagine, the Dhimmicrats have had 8 years to find a candidate and THIS is what they put out.

It’s McCain’s to lose.

Mojave Mark on May 9, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Of course, the “failing education system” in this country will be blamed for him not knowing there are only 50 states in this nation.

Even we rubes in the south know that.

madmonkphotog on May 9, 2008 at 7:55 PM

Oh just Superb,I turn my back on the news for a bit
and I find out Canada,Iceland,Greenland,Cuba,Mexico
are now American States!

But I’m still perplexed,I’m still two short for a total
of 57!Ha ha.

Is this the new vision Obamageography!

canopfor on May 9, 2008 at 7:55 PM

Not only is he an idiot, so is the entire room full of liberal nutjobs!

peacenprosperity on May 9, 2008 at 7:56 PM

He said he’s been to 57 but not Alaska and Hawaii. That’s 59! The MSM is going to have to work overtime to coronate this corn chunk.

ronsfi on May 9, 2008 at 7:57 PM

DUMBASS!

fusionaddict on May 9, 2008 at 8:01 PM

I’m not even sure how to figure this one…

Is he bad at math? Did he forget to carry the 1?

Early Alzheimer’s? Could happen.

Low blood sugar from eating too many waffles?

Typical low quality public school education?

Secret plan to further divide the country to help boost future electoral college votes in blue states thus locking in the White House for the Dem’s? Sort of a Grand Gerimandering plan.

Or… wait for it… He was overly tired and accidently let slip the plan to launch the Pan American Union which will add Canada and Mexico and 8 other Central American counties to the mix? Does he have a brother in law in the flag business? Maybe that’s why he doesn’t wear the flag pin, because he knows it’s about to be changed…

hmmmmm

TheCulturalist on May 9, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Obama is living in his own private Idaho.

John on May 9, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Idiot! He’s been hanging around John Kerry’s wife again… must have gotten mixed up with Heinz 57.

Bootleghooch on May 9, 2008 at 8:09 PM

This additional flap gives me a lead into a theory of mine,( as weak as it may be), that his “pastor flap” with JW was a way to deflect who he really is and allows the downtrodden blacks in this country to identify with him. Let me explain…..If you had a goal and you were unscrupulous would it not be to your advantage to create a so called “flap” that some would seize upon to try to discredit you? Everyone goes back and forth, blah blah, then in a few weeks or months it goes away, “politics in the USA”. Then you create another that is less damning and can be caulked up to “simple misspeak”, I was tired!! Silly me, of course there are only 50 states Shows he‘s human. . All the while, he get’s closer and closer to that goal. It seams to me that this would be better served and possibly planned for the General election because Hill was souposed to drop out after “Super Tuesday”.
Just a thought….I’m sure there’s more to come.

jerrytbg on May 9, 2008 at 8:14 PM

Idiot! He’s been hanging around John Kerry’s wife again… must have gotten mixed up with Heinz 57.

Darn it Bootleghooch, you beat me to it by a whole hour!

rmunn on May 9, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Correction: a whole half-hour. Even worse.

rmunn on May 9, 2008 at 8:31 PM

I think he got that from the original “The Manchuirian Candidate”.

57… like the Heinz ketchup bottle.

What a leftard.

profitsbeard on May 9, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Is your candidate smarter than a Fifth Grader?

Oboobus Rex.

profitsbeard on May 9, 2008 at 9:07 PM

He was figuring in his biggest supporters…. the Paletinian states, the terrorist states,…

Alden Pyle on May 9, 2008 at 9:09 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

Amen, brother, tell it!

That was awesome!

Red Pill on May 9, 2008 at 9:14 PM

He said he’d been to 57 with one left to go and that he wasn’t allowed to go to Alaska and Hawaii so that make 60!!! Wooo hooo! I guess Congress has been busier than they let on!

TBinSTL on May 9, 2008 at 9:17 PM

Actually he must think Canada is part of the US. I just wish it were so.

Brian Mallard on May 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM

BTW, I am Canadian.

Brian Mallard on May 9, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Is he smoking something? Wacky tabaccy?

Zorro on May 9, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Above and beyond the 50 states other Americans recognize, he was counting the United States of K K K, Kenya, Indonesia, and Pakistan, which will become a state after he invades it. Add to that the State of Confusion, and you’ve got 57!

Now what was his proposed tax rate on capital gains–was that 20 or 28? How much will his socialist programs cost? Pick a number, any number, it’s Obamath!

Steve Z on May 9, 2008 at 9:51 PM

You must be kidding me! First he can’t remember what state he’s in and now he can’t remember how many there are?

Connie on May 9, 2008 at 9:54 PM

If Obama’s mind is this rattled now, I can’t wait to see him when the Republicans and Republican groups start going after him.

katieanne on May 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM

BTW, I am Canadian.

Brian Mallard on May 9,2008 at 9:30PM.

Brian Mallard: Welcome aboard the U.S.S. Hot Air,
and I am Canadian as well!

canopfor on May 9, 2008 at 10:00 PM

This would have worked as a joke if his delivery wern’t so flat.

Great Orator my behind.

BKennedy on May 9, 2008 at 10:01 PM

who turned off the teleprompter?

off with his head!

TheCulturalist on May 9, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Lesse…

Puerto Rico, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands of the United States.

Add these 4 protectorates and District of Columbia and I suppose we could say we have 55 states. Add in unincorporated American Samoa and Navvasa Island and we get 57.

If we add all our unicorporated territories we could say we have 64 states.

Lawrence on May 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Navassa Island, I mean.

Lawrence on May 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM

If Bush said it, it would be on the news, late night talk shows…it would be legend.

This…this will be forgotten.

Asher on May 9, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Actually he must think Canada is part of the US. I just wish it were so.

Brian Mallard on May 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM

BTW, I am Canadian.

Brian Mallard on May 9, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Howdy BM. canopfor is a Canadian commenter of HA too. If you would have posted the first comment in 2004, the blogs would have picked it up and claimed that Bush wants to make Canada the 51st state :)

I’m so happy the Canadians are more friendly with the U.S. again. Both are great countries and I hated that previous admin. baloney.

Entelechy on May 9, 2008 at 10:35 PM

“I refuse to wear a flag lapel pin until I can find one that has all the states on it.”

Akzed on May 9, 2008 at 10:37 PM

I think he was being sarcastic there.

CP on May 9, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Good lord . . . we’re stuck in quagmire of incompetence, idiocy and mediocrity. The poor Republic could be terminal.

rplat on May 9, 2008 at 10:40 PM

“As Karl Marx stated during the Constitutional Convention in 1789…”

Akzed on May 9, 2008 at 10:41 PM

Good lord . . . we’re stuck in quagmire of incompetence, idiocy and mediocrity. The poor Republic could be terminal.

rplat on May 9, 2008 at 10:40 PM

‘Zactly. He must be a drug-addled, alcholic moron with alzheimer’s who is only a great communicator when controlled by the Neodem cabal that runs the shadow Obama campaign for their own financial profit.

I think I’ll go write twelve books about it.

29Victor on May 9, 2008 at 10:44 PM

57 states? Didn’t this guy graduate from Harvard?

SoulGlo on May 9, 2008 at 10:46 PM

I take that back. Dude is probably just tired. But imagine if John McCain did the same thing. Holy Cow. You would never hear the end of it.

SoulGlo on May 9, 2008 at 10:55 PM

He must be counting Guam.

hepcat on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Ten times?

Jim708 on May 9, 2008 at 10:58 PM

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

RushBaby on May 9, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Dead on target! Which raises an interesting question in my mind. Who’s writing what shows up on his teleprompters? I mean, he’d remember it if he wrote it himself. Wouldn’t he?

Barry’s someone’s creation. But not a very good one, fortunately.

techno_barbarian on May 9, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Wow, America does need more maps.

Dusty on May 9, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Best of thread.

photom on May 9, 2008 at 11:07 PM

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

rihar on May 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Excellent. More, please.

Welcome to HA.

techno_barbarian on May 9, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Obambi actually thinks there are 60 states:

The Heinz57 he’s visited; plus Alaska and Hawaii that his staff won’t allow him to visit; plus the one state he hasn’t visited.

A leader? His staff won’t allow him to visit Alaska and Hawaii? His staff controls him?

What a loser. He’s such an empty suit. His staff tells him what to do, as he admits. He is such a wimp he can’t find the testicular fortitude to tell his staff to schedule a visit to Alaska or Hawaii.

Barak Obama: wimp. loser. unaccomplished, aimless, inexperienced, spineless empty suit.

Not exactly what our great country needs as POTUS.

O-Dub on May 9, 2008 at 11:29 PM

51. State of anger
52. State of confusion.
53. State of rage.
54. State of denial.
55. State of depression. (Michelle Obame, governor).
56. State of pander.
57. State of shock.

SouthernGent on May 9, 2008 at 11:32 PM

My good Lord in Heaven…….my grandkids in second and third grade know more than this fu–ing idiot!

Winebabe on May 9, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Here’s hoping he was making some kind of joke.

AbaddonsReign on May 9, 2008 at 11:43 PM

The man has ambition. McCain would settle for 48.

MB4 on May 9, 2008 at 11:57 PM

He said he’s been to 57 but not Alaska and Hawaii. That’s 59!

No, just 58. Immediately before mentioning Alaska and Hawaii, he said “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.” Apparently, he thinks Alaska and Hawaii form a single state together.

Xrlq on May 10, 2008 at 12:01 AM

IMHO, it’s time that Alaska and Hawaii go their separate ways.

corona on May 10, 2008 at 12:20 AM

Hmmm, maybe he’s counting the 12 Colonies, I say as I watch BSG.

Never mind, too many—-but then again, the guy obviously can’t count

Sekhmet on May 10, 2008 at 12:21 AM

57?…He’s only a 12% off.

Liberal Math

It’s how you conclude, 4.6% is a “Huge” deficit.

franksalterego on May 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM

It’s how you conclude, 4.6% is a “Huge” deficit.

franksalterego on May 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM

And how 5% unemployment is ‘the worst economy ever’. Madness.

techno_barbarian on May 10, 2008 at 12:55 AM

Lets see; I guess he must be counting: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Minor Outlying Islands.

HMMM, That’s only six… Mexico? Maybe Mexico is a state…. After all New Mexico is a state. Yeah, that must be it.

Obama is too ignorant to be a small town Mayor, much less a US Senator and Presidential aspirant.

LegendHasIt on May 10, 2008 at 1:09 AM

Can we be certain that Obama really did give up his drug habit? You’d think there would be mandatory drug tests for politicians and especially candidates for leader of the free world.

Buddahpundit on May 10, 2008 at 1:40 AM

Histbonics = the ebonics of history

redrock on May 10, 2008 at 1:47 AM

yesterday was indeed a long day for this cretin. he also managed to piss off some pro democracy pro cedar revolution bloggers with his inane statement on the hezb violence in beirut.

Finally, for our last tidbit of [worrying] news we go across the oceans to the Great Satan itself where a surging presidential nominee provides plenty of ground proving why he shouldn’t be President of the world’s sole superpower. Jeha and Abu Kais provide ample commentary …

http://blacksmithsoflebanon.blogspot.com/
http://www.beirutbeltway.com/beirutbeltway/2008/05/obama-time-to-e.html
http://jehasnail.blogspot.com/2008/05/reading-between-lines.html

elduende on May 10, 2008 at 2:49 AM

Obama is like that joke that everyone in the office heard on the radio that morning, and one by one they all corner you to re-tell it, badly and/or wrong, over your objections.

I can’t even laugh at him anymore.

Merovign on May 10, 2008 at 4:37 AM

“It’s McCain’s to lose”…sigh…and lose he will, big time! McCain will lose and the Republican party with no message and no leadership will lose in the congress to this! You are all just bitter clingers so get use to it!

sabbott on May 10, 2008 at 6:55 AM

Wow. And if Mav would have done this they would be whispering “he’s senile”. Well that’s affirmative action for you…he’d STILL get the question right on the test. That’s what he’s used to, he’s and his wife have sucked at the teat all their lives

LtE126 on May 10, 2008 at 7:49 AM

Lawrence on May 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM figured it out. I was thinking along the same lines and went to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_territory

I suspect that Obama was thinking of a list of 50 states, (51) District of Columbia, and territories (52) Puerto Rico, (53) Guam, (54) U.S. Virgin Islands, (55) American Somoa, (56) Guam, and the (57) Northern Mariana Islands. That works out nicely. Also there are also nine “outlying islands” which have no permanent residents.

Now, WHY did Obama have in mind a specific 57-item list of 50 US states plus D.C. plus six territories, in terms of being President of “all” these United States? Maybe it’s in terms of some plan to grant them electoral votes without statehood (and without their paying federal income taxes).

ForNow on May 10, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Okay, D.C. residents pay federal taxes, but Puerto Rican residents don’t. (What about the other territories?)

ForNow on May 10, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Oops now I see that Obama said that he has visited 57 states with “one more to go.” That spoils the arithmetic.

ForNow on May 10, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Agh, I messed up the count anyway. Lawrence got it right the first time.

ForNow on May 10, 2008 at 8:36 AM

In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Obama said something that is all the more remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon.

In defending his stated intent to meet with America’s enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said: “I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.”

That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the part of both, or deceit.

I assume the Roosevelt to whom Sen. Obama referred is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Our enemies in World War II were Nazi Germany, headed by Adolf Hitler; fascist Italy, headed by Benito Mussolini, and militarist Japan, headed by Hideki Tojo. FDR talked directly with none of them before the outbreak of hostilities, and his policy once war began was unconditional surrender.

FDR died before victory was achieved, and was succeeded by Harry Truman. Truman did not modify the policy of unconditional surrender. He ended that war not with negotiation, but with the atomic bomb.

Harry Truman also was president when North Korea invaded South Korea in June, 1950. President Truman’s response was not to call up North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung for a chat. It was to send troops.

Perhaps Sen. Obama is thinking of the meeting FDR and Churchill had with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in Tehran in December, 1943, and the meetings Truman and Roosevelt had with Stalin at Yalta and Potsdam in February and July, 1945. But Stalin was then a U.S. ally, though one of whom we should have been more wary than FDR and Truman were. Few historians think the agreements reached at Yalta and Potsdam, which in effect consigned Eastern Europe to slavery, are diplomatic models we ought to follow. Even fewer Eastern Europeans think so.

When Stalin’s designs became unmistakably clear, President Truman’s response wasn’t to seek a summit meeting. He sent military aid to Greece, ordered the Berlin airlift and the Marshall Plan, and sent troops to South Korea.

Sen. Obama is on both sounder and softer ground with regard to John F. Kennedy. The new president held a summit meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev in Vienna in June, 1961.

Elie Abel, who wrote a history of the Cuban missile crisis (The Missiles of October), said the crisis had its genesis in that summit.

“There is reason to believe that Khrushchev took Kennedy’s measure in June 1961 and decided this was a young man who would shrink from hard decisions,” Mr. Abel wrote. “There is no evidence to support the belief that Khrushchev ever questioned America’s power. He questioned only the president’s readiness to use it. As he once told Robert Frost, he came to believe that Americans are ‘too liberal to fight.’”

That view was supported by New York Times columnist James Reston, who traveled to Vienna with President Kennedy: “Khrushchev had studied the events of the Bay of Pigs,” Mr. Reston wrote. “He would have understood if Kennedy had left Castro alone or destroyed him, but when Kennedy was rash enough to strike at Cuba but not bold enough to finish the job, Khrushchev decided he was dealing with an inexperienced young leader who could be intimidated and blackmailed.”

It’s worth noting that Kennedy then was vastly more experienced than Sen. Obama is now. A combat veteran of World War II, Jack Kennedy served 14 years in Congress before becoming president. Sen. Obama has no military and little work experience, and has been in Congress for less than four years.

The closest historical analogue to Sen. Obama’s expressed desire to meet with no preconditions with anti-American dictators such as Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the trip British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French premier Eduoard Daladier took to Munich in September of 1938 to negotiate “peace in our time” with Adolf Hitler. That didn’t work out so well.

History is an elective few liberals choose to take these days, noted a poster on the Web log “Hot Air.” The lack of historical knowledge among journalists is merely appalling. But in a presidential candidate it’s dangerous. As Sir Winston Churchill said:

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (realclearpolitics)

Keemo on May 10, 2008 at 8:38 AM

When I saw the clip I first assumed that he was making a joke, along the lines of “I’ve been campaigning for so long and have been to so many places it feels like I’ve been to 57 states.” If they had offered that as an explanation I would have bought it. However, his campaign gave up the game before they could rely on the “joke” excuse.

Ash on May 10, 2008 at 8:48 AM

I stuck that piece above on the wrong thread; sorry AP…

Keemo on May 10, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Whoops. It’s a good thing this guy wasn’t the President of the Harvard Law Review.

Oh gawd. He was.

gabriel sutherland on May 10, 2008 at 9:28 AM

McCain stumbles over Shia and Sunni (an obscure religious difference, no one was aware of before the Iraq war)for a few seconds and the Media tries to whip up a frenzy.

Obama adds 10 new states to the Union (I knew all of the states and Capitals when I was 12 years old thanks to my Atari 800) and I bet this will be shrugged off and anyone that brings it up labeled “clearly a racist”.

JayHaw Phrenzie on May 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM

It’s not an error… it’s prophecy.

The Great BO will expand the United States!

darkpixel on May 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM

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