Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When dignitaries visit the US for public events, the administration will display their flag on the dais to honor their presence. While this doesn’t usually require a lot of effort, it does mean that someone has to know whether the flag is upside down or rightside up.  Oops:

The U.S. government said Sunday it made an “honest mistake” when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag — which wrongfully signified that the Southeast Asian nation was in a state of war — in a meeting hosted by President Barack Obama.

The Philippine flag was displayed upside down behind President Benigno Aquino III when leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Obama in New York on Friday.

“This was an honest mistake,” U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said in a statement, adding, “the U.S. treasures its close relationship and close partnership with the Philippines.”

The American embassy will find out how the “unfortunate” incident happened, she said.

How hard could this research be?  A quick check on Google — or heck, on the CIA World Factbook on the Internet — would have been enough to get it right.  Note that the card in front of President Aquino has the flag displayed properly.  At least someone in the administration paid attention to the detail.

On the plus side, though, Barack Obama apparently quit bowing.

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Pretty big reach to make this one an Obamateurism of the Day. Maybe a Stupid Staffer of the Day…..

Johnnyreb on September 28, 2010 at 8:08 AM

His protocol people probably got an earful. It does seem a stretch for an Obamateurism of the day……

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Up is down, white is black, right is wrong, etc, etc. The story of this administration.

JimK on September 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM

HUGE reach. Not anything to do with Odamna. Just idiotic staffers.

Crusader Rabbit on September 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Crusader Rabbit on September 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM

And who hired the staffers? Oh, yeah, I forgot. The buck stops….there.

ElectricPhase on September 28, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Obama’s the captain of that ship and he’s running one full of incompetents and rats ready to bail. Calling this an Obamateurism is just fine.

mizflame98 on September 28, 2010 at 8:12 AM

“Buck Up”

IntheNet on September 28, 2010 at 8:12 AM

And who hired the staffers? Oh, yeah, I forgot. The buck stops….there.

ElectricPhase on September 28, 2010 at 8:11 AM

In general WH support staff doesn’t change from one admin to the next. The decision makers do but not the cooks, valets, protocol people, etc.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Worth it just for the pic of his big dumbo ears and dopey look on his face. A child trying to pretend to be a grownup.

ctmom on September 28, 2010 at 8:14 AM

The Messiah should be able to hire competent staffers to hire other competent staffers to hire the staffers to hang flags properly. This is a microcosm of the Obama administration. Epic fail from the head down.

csdeven on September 28, 2010 at 8:14 AM

On top of that one would think that someone in Aquino’s entourage would have thought to mention it to their US counterparts….

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

OT: Going to work with a smile on my face seeing Mika Brzinski and Scarborough choke that Linda McMahon will likely be the next Connecticut Senator. Scarborough: “Mika, you’ve personally known Blumenthal how many years now? Twenty?”

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Good morning, Trolls. I see you made it to work on time. Thank goodness we only insulted a friend. At least we didn’t make a major mistake, like adding an additional “e” to a favorite food. That would have been tragic.

Laura in Maryland on September 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

csdeven on September 28, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Come on CSDeven. Nitpicking over every little thing is like that episode of Dallas when Bobby told his wife he hated even the smell of her hair….

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:17 AM

No Lumpia for you.

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM

In general WH support staff doesn’t change from one admin to the next. The decision makers do but not the cooks, valets, protocol people, etc.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM

With a few gaffes like the recharge/reset button incident already credited to his account, you’d expect Obama to demand a higher standard.

ElectricPhase on September 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM

O has had slips of protocol before,the Queen, bowing, feet on the desk etc, so it counts as an Obamateurism in that he obviously hasn’t learned from the past mistakes.He is the boss and it is up to him to make sure the proper protocol is followed. He likes to delegate responsibility, but he is the one ultimately responsible.

Beaglemom on September 28, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Why bother to check, this administration and its’ staff have proven time and time again that they know everything.

No Lumpia for you.

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM

I would be sad.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:23 AM

He likes to delegate responsibility, but he is the one ultimately responsible.

Beaglemom on September 28, 2010 at 8:22 AM

So you want a POTUS who is a micromanager. Still have your Carter-Mondale bumpersticker on your vehicle? /sarc

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:24 AM

folks remember, if W’s staff did this, he would have been ridiculed 24/7 on every msm channel and late night show…so this does belong on dear leader’s plate just as well….

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 8:24 AM

folks remember, if W’s staff did this, he would have been ridiculed 24/7 on every msm channel and late night show…so this does belong on dear leader’s plate just as well….

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 8:24 AM

So what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Shouldn’t we discourage this kind of nitpicking regardless of who is in the big chair?
I’ve worked with plenty of protocol people and believe me it is a thankless task.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

So you want a POTUS who is a micromanager. Still have your Carter-Mondale bumpersticker on your vehicle? /sarc

No, I want one who is competent and O has shown time and again he isn’t.

Beaglemom on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

No Lumpia for you.

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM
I would be sad.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:23 AM

That’s one thing I never cared for. No matter how long I spent in the Philippines, I never did like Lumpia.

Johnnyreb on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

No, I want one who is competent and O has shown time and again he isn’t.

Beaglemom on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

So he should visually check each flag before every event?

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:29 AM

I would love to know the total responsibilities of these staffers. This is not a Tupperware party they are in charge of setting up.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Haha,another flag SNAFU,it reminds me of our Canadian flag,
‘incident’,which resulted in lefty Canadian meltdown angst!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Shouldn’t we discourage this kind of nitpicking regardless of who is in the big chair?
I’ve worked with plenty of protocol people and believe me it is a thankless task.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

agree, it is a thankless task, however, with this administration whose purpose is to put blame on everyone’s plate except their own deserves this nitpick…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM

If only the rich paid more taxes this wouldn’t happen. Our woefully underfunded government can’t be expected to get this stuff right on a paltry three and half trillion dollars.

trubble on September 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Johnnyreb on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

I have had bad & good. Is peperoni bread really something they serve in the Philippines? I ask because we have a bakery here that sells it and it is good stuff.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:34 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM

I haven’t read about that, was it us again?

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Back in the day, we’d have had at least two or three people walk through the location, separately with a clipboard taking notes, checking on things such as pencils and note paper at each place setting, bottled water, clean table cloths, chairs in good condition, all microphones working in good order…and yes, all flags properly displayed and set up so they would not fall over in the next breeze or were not upside down.

And yes, you can fly the Union Jack of Great Britain upside down If you are not paying attention. But the Philippine flag? That should have stood out like a sore thumb long before the first guest walked into the hall. Long before.

And it is a big deal. Try playing the “wrong” national anthem for a visiting dignitary some time. Or offering a banquet meal choice that is contrary to one’s visitor’s national ethos or personal tastes.

Obama’s fault? No.

But, if this is the best he can expect from his advance team…Lord help us all.

coldwarrior on September 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Our own flag is upside down…….with no end in sight!!

PappyD61 on September 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Johnnyreb on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Adobo?

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM

I have had bad & good. Is peperoni bread really something they serve in the Philippines? I ask because we have a bakery here that sells it and it is good stuff.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I honestly don’t ever remember seeing anything called that. But, it has been a long time since I was last there. We left the area in 89.

Johnnyreb on September 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Adobo?

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM

That is good.

Johnnyreb on September 28, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Or offering a banquet meal choice that is contrary to one’s visitor’s national ethos or personal tastes.

So a pig roast for the Saudi delegation is a definitely out then?

Don’t the celebrate diversity?

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Would of been really awesome…
If the President has pulled it down and fixed it, now that would be egg in the face of the one.
I love the “Phillipeen” people and they love us.

Open The Door on September 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM

We’ve all heard of “corporate culture”. Well I think we are seeing the corporate culture of this administration. Not exactly awe-inspiring…

texabama on September 28, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The U.S. government said Sunday it made an “honest mistake” when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag
==================================================
So,another country that Team RightSphere will have to straighten out,from Team Lberal!

And,I think,this means,there are only two areas left
that Hopey/Changey hasn’t besmirched or b*sterdized,
the Artic and Antartica!

Piff,World Liberal Apology Tour,more like,Team Pro
gressive NeverEnding Insultation Tour!!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:43 AM

with this administration whose purpose is to put blame on everyone’s plate except their own deserves this nitpick…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Would firing the person who made the mistake make it better?
His social secretary left her job after they let unauthorized guests in. That was the right thing as it involved personnel security. A flag that got improperly hung doesn’t rise to the same level.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:43 AM

No Lumpia for you.
NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM

That would be tragic, seriously. I loves me the lumpia.

Bishop on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

coldwarrior on September 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Amen! Maybe my opinion if colored by the original act of sending back the Churchill bust but it’s been downhill from there. Maybe he can bow to someone and make it all better.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

On the plus side, though, Barack Obama apparently quit bowing.

maybe the frequent golfing is getting to his lower back…?

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

If the WH seems staffed by amateurs now, wait ’til after Rahm leaves.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

“Buck Up”

IntheNet on September 28, 2010 at 8:12 AM

IntheNet: Finally,another GaffeBiden Screw-Up!!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:45 AM

If the WH seems staffed by amateurs now, wait ’til after Rahm leaves.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

petefrt: *Sudden Impact,er Slow Implosion!:)

*(Apologies to Clint Eastwood fans)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Then, on the other hand, maybe the United States is not the ONLY country that Obama hates.

My colle says:

C’mon CC. Everyone knows that the Philippines are one of the 57 states.

CyberCipher on September 28, 2010 at 8:51 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Ed’s gonna have more Obamateurisms than he knows what to do with. Maybe he’ll run three editions: Obamateurism of the Morning, Obamateurism of the Afternoon, and Obamateurism of the Evening.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Maybe he’ll run three editions: Obamateurism of the Morning, Obamateurism of the Afternoon, and Obamateurism of the Evening.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:52 AM

That’d be amateurish. /

coldwarrior on September 28, 2010 at 8:55 AM

It’d a staffer’s fault, but it’s coming from an administration and from a political wing of the Democratic Party in general that believes itself to be so much smarter than the great unwashed masses, and that if anyone who opposes them is smart, they must by default also be as evil as Hitler.

So it’s not fair to Obama, but it’s also just as fair as some of the attacks Slate’s “Bushism of the Day” came up with. Sauce for the digital goose.

If the WH seems staffed by amateurs now, wait ’til after Rahm leaves.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

If the White House seems openly childish and petulantly angry at Republicans, conservative libertarians or anyone in general who disagrees with Obama now, wait ’til after Rahm leaves.

jon1979 on September 28, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:43 AM

it the the double standard that takes place in this country that is offensive…it may have been an honest mistake, but it would have been lampooned for the next week by every lib media source if W or any other gop were in that spot…I’m tired of all this ‘can’t we get along’ crap when a dem is in charge, but then get backstabbed as soon as the gop takes office…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 8:56 AM

It’s a good thing, SOMEBODY even knows what a Philippine flag looks like.

Unlike this competent bunch trying to pass Canadian troops off as US troops during O’s campaign.

So, this is an upgrade, I guess.

Sir Napsalot on September 28, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I would love to know the total responsibilities of these staffers. This is not a Tupperware party they are in charge of setting up.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM

http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/what/index.htm
http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/what/visits/

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:57 AM

If the WH seems staffed by amateurs now, wait ’til after Rahm leaves.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

yeah really. But, at least the average height of the staff will bump up a few inches…..

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 9:01 AM

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 9:01 AM

New Chicago City Song:

“We represent the Lollipop Guild
The Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild.
And in the name of the Lollipop Guild
We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land.”

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 9:05 AM

It’s testimony to how this administration is– careless, upside down and backwrds.

tinkerthinker on September 28, 2010 at 9:06 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM
=======================
I haven’t read about that, was it us again?

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Cindy Munford:No,the one that happened,I think 10 years ago!
:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 9:10 AM

In general WH support staff doesn’t change from one admin to the next. The decision makers do but not the cooks, valets, protocol people, etc.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM

See there somehow I knew this was BUSHS’ FAULT!

dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM

We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land.”

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 9:05 AM

hehhehe!

all that Rahm needs is Charlie Crist as his pardner, and they’ll have to turn the Chicago river brown…oh wait, it probably already is.

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Worth it just for the pic of his big dumbo ears and dopey look on his face. A child trying to pretend to be a grownup.

ctmom on September 28, 2010 at 8:14 AM

My thoughts exactly “Cousin Eddie” just playin the game for the perks and in so far over his head that he doesn’t know up from down.

dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM

See there somehow I knew this was BUSHS’ FAULT!

dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I didn’t say that but nice try.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM

In addition, the Ceremonials division maintains the Order of Precedence of the United States of America; answers questions on flag etiquette, forms of address, seating, invitations, dietary, and cultural restrictions; and compiles lists for and assists the White House in the issuance of presidential holiday greeting cards

So I guess these people are the “go to” guys just for our flag? I realize this isn’t the end of the world type stuff but it happens way to often. Add to that, that government employment is burgeoning and they get paid substantially more then private sector, an unemployed person might think they could do a better job then that for less.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Buck Up, F*** Up, it’s all the same with this clown.

ace tomato on September 28, 2010 at 9:50 AM

For once we have a worm working on our behalf!

Go Super-Worm!

NoDonkey on September 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

http://www.allgov.com/Agency/Office_of_the_Chief_of_Protocol
http://www.godeke.org/News/PhiAlumnus_Ensenat.htm

They deal with all aspects. According to the link there are 64 people on staff. I can’t find anything to verify this but I suspect that the people doing tasks such as carrying the flags in and out are not your six figure salary people.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/governmentjobs/a/hiringbinge.htm
puts a little perspective about the reason for the increase in federal hiring.

Driving the hiring rush are the impending retirement or resignation of nearly one-third of the 1.6 million current federal workers, along with stepped-up efforts to secure the U.S. against terrorism and illegal immigration. The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security alone are expected to offer more than 83,000 new jobs.

Retiring workers make considerably more than new workers (18 years to go from step 1 to step 10) in any grade. Those unemployed people you mention can apply for these openings. It is not a closed off avenue.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Technically, is this an Obamateurism? Who knows? IMO, neither was leaving out “the Creator” since it was – again IMO – intentional and not a “foul up” by Obama, which is the definition of an Obamateurism.

Regardless, they are all fun to read and vote on at the end of the week. I will miss them after 2012 ;-)

Mr_Magoo on September 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Then again, what is a “foul up?” it could be intentional that ends up being a foul up, such as announcing “the police acted stupidly” (oops, stepped in it!).

Then again, sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug!

Mr_Magoo on September 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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Ed’s gonna have more Obamateurisms than he knows what to do with. Maybe he’ll run three editions: Obamateurism of the Morning, Obamateurism of the Afternoon, and Obamateurism of the Evening.

petefrt on September 28, 2010 at 8:52 AM

petefrt: Ain’t that the freaggin truth,Ed’s gonna need a
secretary to keep up!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Our own flag is upside down…….with no end in sight!!

PappyD61 on September 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM

PappyD61: In distress!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

“honest mistake”

Bull! RTFM, idjits!

ya2daup on September 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The Husband is retired DOD and I am unemployed, so I am not unaware. I made nothing near $30K and still took pride in doing my job correctly. Maybe there needs to be less reports about Beer Pong.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I thought that W was the idiot. Just ask any community college kid.

Now The One makes a goof with the Philippines flag?

Not cool.

Somebody call Hillary and tell her to bring her “reset” button!

IlikedAUH2O on September 28, 2010 at 10:23 AM

so I am not unaware

I am aware. Double negative. Boooo!

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I’m not sure what our disagreement is. I think it is reasonable to assume that your husband also took pride in his DoD work and was frustrated by the bad apples he encountered but in general felt most of his peers were honest and hardworking.
But be fair, the beer pong offenders probably are not the same people who hung the flag the wrong way. Nor are there actions the actions of the average federal worker, in my opinion.

Removing Churchill’s bust was pathetic and something to get concerned about irt Obama. A low level staffer improperly hanging a flag is not. Treat everything as the end of the world and people start to tune out the things that really do matter.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

In general WH support staff doesn’t change from one admin to the next. The decision makers do but not the cooks, valets, protocol people, etc.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Ah, but with the Obama administration many changes were made. Obama chose his own chief of protocol, who had worked with the Clintons. Obama even took his own barber with him to the White House. They paid a 20/30 something yr old chef to cook for them in Chicago, now he’s a White House chef and policy advisor for Michelle’s program against childhood obesity. And the list goes on…

GrannySunni on September 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

I’ve worked with plenty of protocol people and believe me it is a thankless task.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

If you screw up the task, why would you deserve thanks?

James on September 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Not to mention that the flag itself probably was marked ‘this end up’ or words to that effect (more precisely, the name of the country being next to the grommet at the top, like all the other flags).

Glenside on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

But be fair, the beer pong offenders probably are not the same people who hung the flag the wrong way. Nor are there actions the actions of the average federal worker, in my opinion.

Yes, they were actually West Wing staffers. We don’t really have a disagreement, but when the top guy is sloppy about facts and protocol I don’t think it is surprising that it trickles down. While I am not suggesting firing, I hope there were reprimands from someone other than people in the blogosphere.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Hah, the way it is displayed meand that the Philippines are at war.

For the excusers of this as an OoDD, it’s not in itself so big, but it sure is emblematic of a totally incompetent administration.

See this for more substance.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM

See there somehow I knew this was BUSHS’ FAULT!
dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I didn’t say that but nice try.
Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM

No, you just said that the people working at the WH aren’t Obama’s responsibility, like Obama’s appointee’s issues aren’t Obama’s responsibility, the economy still isn’t Obam’s responsibility, Iraq and Afghanistan still aren’t Obama’s responsibility, our foreign policies aren’t Obama’s responsibility…

Can I ask if Obama has any responsibility or accountability for anything anywhere ever at all? If so, could you clarify what that might be? I’ve been checking and I can’t see him ever actually admitting he owns something without then blaming someone else almost immediately (he owned the oil spill for about a day before deciding he wanted to blame BP more and dodge responsibility).

Good to see we have a leader where “the buck stops here” and if you’ve got a problem you know who to blame; too bad that leader is still G.W. Bush.

Maybe some day Obama will accept responsibility for something somewhere… but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

gekkobear on September 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Maybe some day Obama will accept responsibility for something somewhere… but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

gekkobear on September 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Soon there will be a big gathering in DC, organized entirely by communists and socialists. Obama will preside. He is one, so long as he doesn’t denounce them. Period.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

“On the plus side, though, Barack Obama apparently quit bowing.”

Tim_CA on September 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Seen this? -Bammie getting all pissy on Fox News again: Obama on Fox News

The kid is such a whiner.

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2010 at 2:38 PM

On the plus side, though, Barack Obama apparently quit bowing.

The Philippines are our allies. 0 only bows to our enemies. No change there.

iurockhead on September 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM

In general WH support staff doesn’t change from one admin to the next. The decision makers do but not the cooks, valets, protocol people, etc.

Bradky on September 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM

I know some former travel office personnel who would disagree with you.

Extrafishy on September 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The U.S. government said Sunday it made an “honest mistake” when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag — which wrongfully signified that the Southeast Asian nation was in a state of war.

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

/Big Brother

Steve Z on September 28, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Assuming that it was an honest mistake, would that it make it, the first honest thing to come out of this administration?

Slowburn on September 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

“This was an honest incompetent mistake,” U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said in a statement,…

(obvious error FIXED above)

If your job is diplomacy and you can’t even get another nation’s flag hung correctly, you should be out on the street looking for another job: one which does not require attention to detail!!!

landlines on September 28, 2010 at 4:34 PM

If your job is diplomacy and you can’t even get another nation’s flag hung correctly, you should be out on the street looking for another job: one which does not require attention to detail!!!

landlines on September 28, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Send that man an application for the TSA!

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

It’s like Obowma is in the Special Olympics …or something.

dthorny on September 29, 2010 at 7:13 AM