Video: Elderly, out of touch aspirant for national office calls Czech Republic “Czechoslovakia”

posted at 4:03 pm on July 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

Sure, he’s got loads of military and foreign policy expertise, but can we really trust a man who’ll be in his 70s on Inauguration Day and who calls countries by names they haven’t had in 15 years? Join me, my friends, in watching as the left’s jackassery about McCain’s Czechoslovakia goofs promptly boomerangs and hits them square in the face. From today’s presser in Indiana:


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Thank not the Czechoslovakia I knew….

William Amos on July 16, 2008 at 4:08 PM

Ha! Can’t wait to hear the spin. Some kids go!…

ronsfi on July 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

I’m really curious as to what exactly is the opposition to missile defense. do they think they’re going to accidentally shoot down innocent missiles?

jimmy the notable on July 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

I am in my mid-40s and would still probably call what is no longer “Czechoslovakia,” Czechoslovakia. However, I am not a member of Congress, thank God.

For what it’s worth, I will always think of Pluto as the ninth planet of the solar system, too.

BigD on July 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

BFD…… It is still Czechoslovakia to me too.

The crap people get their panties in a wad over.

saiga on July 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Remember the Good Old Days when Stumpy Sam Nunn was the Demo ‘frontrunner’ for the Dickcrat nomination in 1992–until Bush One’s success in the Gulf War prompted him to wait until ’96, paving the way for……..Clinton

Janos Hunyadi on July 16, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Boy, you have to admit Sam Nunn looked pretty bad. I used to like that guy 20 years ago. Now he sounds like a typical partisan hack.

saiga on July 16, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Yeah, but when asked which candidate he prefers for VP, Obama can say “Nunn”!

Who could pass that up? It’s almost like a self-flipping flip-flop!

landlines on July 16, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Not exactly a boomerang, but decent.

I’d call this a solid single. A can of corn just over the 2nd baseman’s glove. It would of course be a home run if someone recognizable said it, like, say the Obama or San Fran Nan or the member from Haditha.

Mike D. on July 16, 2008 at 4:14 PM

I’m really curious as to what exactly is the opposition to missile defense.

‘Cuz they don’t defend Michelle’s kids.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 16, 2008 at 4:16 PM

People still call britain… Great Britain. Still call rare radical rebel anti-Islam Islamists …Jihadists. Still call the religion of peace … not so peaceful. Mistakes are made.

[email protected] on July 16, 2008 at 4:19 PM

OK…Sam Nunn is of course recognizable and one of the only credible foreign policy types in the Dem party…1000 years ago.

Sam Nunn was relevant when ATM machines and the intarwebs were just garage blackboard scribblings of some uber nerd who never had a date in HS or college, but who today is worth 50 gabillion dollars and is married to three Florida state cheerleaders turned porn stars.

However, I am revising my earlier call: its still a single, but there was a throwing error and now the runner is in scoring posish.

Mike D. on July 16, 2008 at 4:19 PM

I give all people a bye on the Czech Republic (or whatever the hell it’s called now) because ‘Czechoslovakia’ just rolls off the tongue so nicely and ‘The Czech Republic’ and … I don’t know, is it ‘The Slovak Republic’ or Slovakia or ‘Not The Czechs’ … just don’t.

Lingusitic harmony demands the return of ‘Czechoslovakia’.

progressoverpeace on July 16, 2008 at 4:20 PM

I still catch myself nearly flubbing that from time to time. But I do know the differnce, at least, and I do always catch myself.

My students look at me like I am crazy, since they don’t remember a Czechoslovakia.

Bob's Kid on July 16, 2008 at 4:20 PM

I still call it Czechoslovakia. I am Czechoslovakian. I grew up in a town that was almost all Czechoslovakian immigrants. When the ruskies invade in 1968 there was graffiti all over the place of: swastika 1938 = hammer & sickle 1968.

Blake on July 16, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Next think you know they will be calling Burma… Myanmar. Oh wait …

Maxx on July 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Czechoslovakia?

…….. I thought it was all the European Union now, you know, one currency, no borders.

Seven Percent Solution on July 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

The the war of reunification begin!

tommylotto on July 16, 2008 at 4:31 PM

I wrote a report on Rhodesia in elementary school. It became Zimbabwe the year I graduated high school. I didn’t need geography in college.

That is no excuse for our elected leaders, but for the rest of us …. as long as we are doing our jobs okay, then ..

BigD on July 16, 2008 at 4:31 PM

He made that mistake because he was tired and was running across the tarmac to avoid the sniper fire.

pedestrian on July 16, 2008 at 4:34 PM

whoa..hes up to be VP Pick for Obama?? Unbelievable..I thought he was dead. yikes!

becki51758 on July 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM

He better look over his shoulder… a bus just might be bearing down on him.

D2Boston on July 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Czechoslovakia? It’s like Wisconsin. You just zip in and
zip back out.

-Stripes

DrW on July 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Wow, that would be almost as bad as if Obama referred to Iraq as Mesopotamia . . . oh, wait . . . .

And isn’t it interesting how the Russians got so worked up over the prospect of that missile defense system being placed too close to them — you know, that missile defense system that Barry Obama has promised to get rid of when he’s C-in-C, as part of his plan to gut our national defenses. Barry O claims that the missile defense system doesn’t work and is a waste of money — so how come the Russkies are so frantic about a non-working system??

AZCoyote on July 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM

AZCoyote on July 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Oh my God, are those the Russians or the Soviets?

BigD on July 16, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Czechoslovakia changed its name?
I don’t remember reading about that in the MSM in the last 10-15 years.

Geepers Wally…I liked the name Czechoslovakia,
It just kinda rolls off the lips you know.

Next think you know they will be calling Burma… Myanmar. Oh wait …
Maxx on July 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

…or Yugoslavia/Croacha/Slovoinea.
(Sorry can’t spell them correctly), but you get my gist.

1GooDDaDDy on July 16, 2008 at 4:42 PM

He made that mistake because he was tired and was running across the tarmac to avoid the sniper fire.

pedestrian on July 16, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Winner!

Buford Gooch on July 16, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Was he in Massatoosits when he said this?

benrand on July 16, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Seems to me that the non-working missile defense system did a good job taking out an errant satellite, moving faster than a typical ballistic missile, without a heat trace.

Like the surge that couldn’t work in Mesopotamia, or Babylon, or whatever they call it now.

Steve Z on July 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

still call it Czechoslovakia. I am Czechoslovakian.

By descent, so am I. Mostly Slovak, with some Polish, and a smattering of Czech and Hungarian.

I wrote a report on Rhodesia in elementary school. It became Zimbabwe the year I graduated high school. I didn’t need geography in college.

You mean Southern Rhodesia, I presume. There was also Northern Rhodesia, which later became Zambia.

Bigfoot on July 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Browbeating oldsters for using out of date place names is a time honored tradition among the liberal academic elite. I remember having Zaire drilled into my head back in the 70’s, but it’s the Congo again now, so my old globe is right again.

And I’m not falling for this Myanmar stuff either.

forest on July 16, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I know a lot of people are saying its not a big deal, who can keep track in that part of the world, etc, but the Czechs have been excellent allies for the United States, and its really not asking to much to get their name right.

This is another example of the Democrats’ unilateral cowboy foreign policy.

Dkshideler on July 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

You mean Southern Rhodesia, I presume. There was also Northern Rhodesia, which later became Zambia.

Bigfoot on July 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Now there’s a trip down memory lane.

Next think you know they will be calling Burma… Myanmar. Oh wait …

Maxx on July 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Too funny.

Supposedly if you want to punk the junta, you do it by still using the name Burma.

patrick neid on July 16, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Here ya go, Mister Nunn, there is a nice spot for you next to the muffler. Its a bit crowded so you will have to get used to the jostling under here.

Bishop on July 16, 2008 at 5:11 PM

For tomorrow’s geography lesson, I, Professor Obama, will lecture on the founding of each of the 57 states. And don’t forget the essays on the President of Canada are due tomorrow!

jgapinoy on July 16, 2008 at 5:12 PM

patrick neid

Burma, Burma, Burrrr-maaah!

jgapinoy on July 16, 2008 at 5:13 PM

So, it Ceylon, or Sri Lanka?

BigD on July 16, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I’m really curious as to what exactly is the opposition to missile defense.

It’s continuing the arms race, man, instead of choosing peace by disarming and letting your enemies become as strong as you so that they aren’t mad that you’re stronger. Or something like that, I tuned out pretty quickly.

MamaAJ on July 16, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Ooh, ooh, I got one:

FORMOSA.

Do I win a free trip to the Totalitarian Olympics?

Gilda on July 16, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Sam Nunn.

Geez

Squid Shark on July 16, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Can an undercover brother get a terroist pound?

* hangs fist in the air *

gabriel sutherland on July 16, 2008 at 5:37 PM

I’m sick of all this Czech Republic / Slovakia crap. Where’s Neville Chamberlain when you need him? He was pretty good at settling matters like these.

Beo on July 16, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Does this make McCain and Nunn Czech mates?

Mr. Bingley on July 16, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Don’t feel bad, DrW about nobody getting the hilarious reference… I posted this in the McCain/Czech thread last night:

“C’mon, It’s Czechoslovakia… it’s like going into Wisconsin.”

ScottMcC on July 15, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Nobody got it there, either.

ScottMcC on July 16, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Wow, that would be almost as bad as if Obama referred to Iraq as Mesopotamia . . . oh, wait . . . .

AZCoyote on July 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Good lick!

whitetop on July 16, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Let’s see if I have this straight. McCain is TOO OLD, but Nunn is considered to be in his prime for the post that’s “a beart beat from the presidency”?

GarandFan on July 16, 2008 at 6:44 PM

I give all people a bye on the Czech Republic (or whatever the hell it’s called now) because ‘Czechoslovakia’ just rolls off the tongue so nicely and ‘The Czech Republic’ and … I don’t know, is it ‘The Slovak Republic’ or Slovakia or ‘Not The Czechs’ … just don’t.

progressoverpeace on July 16, 2008 at 4:20 PM

How ’bout Czechorepublica?

Does this make McCain and Nunn Czech mates?

Mr. Bingley on July 16, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Ha! :-D

RD on July 16, 2008 at 8:58 PM

How ’bout Czechorepublica?

RD on July 16, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Works for me.

Someone needs to explain to nations that they are not allowed to name themselves with as many words as they want and expect people to use them all. They can use two words, they can add a north or south or east or west, or they could put a Jr. on or something, but you can’t name your country with a definite article (which it would sound weird without) and 3 words and expect it to be taken up in popular speech – ‘The Czech Republic’. It’s a naming foul.

progressoverpeace on July 16, 2008 at 9:17 PM

Pivo will always remain PIVO to me…. That’s BEER in Czech to you thirsty folks!

AHOJ!

Lockstein13 on July 16, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I’m old enough that I still call Istanbul Constantinople but not old enough to call it Byzantium.

Well, maybe not that old.

jtdavies on July 16, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Come on, the guy’s name is Nunn. Give him a break.

Seixon on July 17, 2008 at 3:56 AM

::singing, and slightly off-key::

You say ‘Czecho”
I say “Slovakia”
You say “Ceylon”
I say “Sri Lanka”
“Czecho”, “Slovakia”, “Ceylon”, “Sri Lanka”
Let’s call the whole thing off.

If we like rolling place names together there is still Budapest. Or, for you Wisconsin folks, Neenah-Manasha.

ss396 on July 17, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Which of the 57 states was this speach given in, or was it the Louisiana Territory?

PatriotPete on July 17, 2008 at 9:51 AM

speech

PatriotPete on July 17, 2008 at 9:51 AM