Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember the concept of “smart power”? That was Barack Obama’s promise, along with strengthening our friendships with allies abroad. It’s generally helpful for both approaches to get the names straight:

President Obama mistakenly referred to the nation of Georgia as “Russia” after a bilateral meeting with the Georgian president — an unfortunate slip-up, given that the president was celebrating 20 years of Georgian independence from Soviet rule.

“[O]ne of the first things that I did was express my appreciation for the institution-building that’s been taking place in Russia — in Georgia,” Obama told reporters following a meeting with Georgia’s President Saakashvili. Moments earlier, Obama had noted that it was “a wonderful occasion to have him here as we’ll be celebrating this year 20 years of independence for Georgia and the eighth anniversary of the Rose Revolution.”

That gaffe isn’t just an Austrian-language moment, either:

Georgia was conquered in 1921 when the Soviet Red Army invaded the country. Three years ago, Russia invaded Georgia as part of a territorial dispute that has simmered since Georgia regained independence after the Communist empire collapsed in 1991.

Smart power, indeed. 

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Obamatourettesism of the day.

Dextrous on February 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Prescient, perhaps?

OldEnglish on February 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM

where’s the reset button on that teleprompter???

**that was easy**

ted c on February 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM

an unfortunate slip-up, given that the president was celebrating 20 years of Georgian independence from Soviet rule.

. . . . d…u.de…?

ted c on February 1, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Dang it TOTUS

Don’t blame me

cmsinaz on February 1, 2012 at 8:11 AM

nothing like giving ol’ VeeLadeyeMir Pootin the green light and a good belly laugh. He’d love to reinvade that place.

ted c on February 1, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Nothing to see here, hey the gop candidates are racists for calling obama a food stamp president
-lsm

cmsinaz on February 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I saw this story yesterday and the only thing I could think was how little coverage it got in the MSM. Had it been GWB, it would have been fully covered but since it was the jug-eared coward who is being protected by the media, nothing but silence.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

That gaffe isn’t just an Austrian-language moment, either:

you see how far we’ve come, Ed? You can now calibrate your OOTDs with previous ones. That’s smart power!

ted c on February 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Well, at least Obama didn’t drop into one of his famous pseudo-accents when talking to Saakashvili…

“Wanna thank y’all for bein’ heya. I hopes you enjoyed that wonderful ‘Lanta peach jam the Missus made for ya.”

ted c on February 1, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Nice point.

How many people know that the Korean War might have been avoided had Secretary of State Acheson not left out South Korea in his American Pacific “defensive perimeter” speech in January 1950.

coldwarrior on February 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

But…but…Ed, he’s the smartest guy in the room!

Eren on February 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Waste of time…. called for grasping at straws.

residentblue on February 1, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Commie at heart speaks his mind.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I bet that made pootin poot.

tinkerthinker on February 1, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Now if Boosh had said this… Lead story on Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow.

the_souse on February 1, 2012 at 8:34 AM

At least he didn’t sing it.

docflash on February 1, 2012 at 8:34 AM

What’s next? “It’s lovely to be here in the Peoples’ Republic of China… I mean Tiwan.”

crazy_legs on February 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

…….crickets…….

Vntnrse on February 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Wait, wait. Russia invaded us? When did that happen?

radjah shelduck
Atlanta

radjah shelduck on February 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Was that North or South Georgia? It is one of the original 57 stated after all. At least he knew it was a foreign nation over there somewhere.

ironked on February 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM

And so yet again, have to say “What an astoundingly stupid pseudo man.”

Perhaps if Georgia had a team in the ncaa tourney this dolt would get the name right.

Alienating decades old allies, stabbing new found allies in the back, and insulting potential new allies- all serving to isolate America in a desperately dangerous world. That’s-

winning the future, the soetero way!

GrassMudHorsey on February 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Racists!!!!!!!

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Remember, they told him he got that job at Harvard Law Review because he was smart. That is apparently where he gets his definition of “smart.”

Odysseus on February 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

credit where it’s due…at least he isn’t bowing to world leaders anymore.

St Gaudens on February 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

President Obama mistakenly referred to the nation of Georgia as “Russia”

Perhaps it wasn’t a mistake.

“What would Putin do?”

ITguy on February 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Perhaps if Georgia had a team in the ncaa tourney this dolt would get the name right.
GrassMudHorsey on February 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Young team, new coach, re-building the program, playing in a football/baseball/swimming/gymnastics conference, they have very little chance of making it onto Barry’s radar screen.

Ooooh, that Georgia.

Other than the new coach, same difference. Barry only respects people and countries farther left from him. Last I checked, that gives him no reason to respect Georgia and Pres. Saakashvili.

rwenger43 on February 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Isn’t Sara dumb? Thank goodness we have a genius in charge.

Grunt on February 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

JugEars has been President for over 3 years, went to Harvard and was a ollege professor. I’m waiting for the East Germany and West Germany references!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Three years ago, Russia invaded Georgia as part of a territorial dispute…

To be precise, Russia invaded the disputed territory, not Georgia. I have studied the matter’s history, and it is not as clean-cut as it appears to be from the headlines in American press. I know it’s going to be an unpopular position in this forum but I’d say it could be one exceptional occurrence when Russians were acting within their rights.

Archivarix on February 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Can’t expect zer0 to get his geography straight. Anyone who says Hawaii is part of Asia and that Austrians speak Austrian is just supremely ignorant.

So much for libturds being well-educated in the social sciences and sensitive to foreign cultures. Yet another lie exposed.

MisterElephant on February 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Its Bush’s fault, dontcha know!

skatz51 on February 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hey, give him some credit. At least he didn’t say he had ” good talks with the Governor in Atlanta”.

hadsil on February 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

“Smartest Man in the World”

GarandFan on February 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

That noise? It’s Hillary in the corner pounding the heck out of that reset button again.

DanMan on February 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Next he will go to Atlanta and praise General Sherman.

Smedley on February 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Uh Ed,
He ain’t to popular down here in Ga. either.
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Judge-Orders-President-to-Appear-at-Hearing-in-Ga-20120123-pm-pk

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

This idiot sticks his foot in his mouth daily, and gets a free pass from the MSM!

vietvet68 on February 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Y’all leave TOTUS alone! It’s been shown time and time again that not only is Barry a dumba$$ but so are his speech writers and whoever programs TOTUS.

Peppa Pig on February 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I have zero doubt that the man has at best a mediocre intelligence but he is steeped deeply in communist/socialist/fascist dogma.

jukin3 on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The man is a walking, talking flub machine. This mistake is especially egregious considering the history of Georgia and Russia and the nationalist sentiments that make the worst incidents of racism in this country benign by comparison. It was always a joke that Stalin, who came from Georgia, adopted the Russian nationalist stance that he did. Lenin once referred to Stalin as the “splendid Georgian”, damning with faint praise because part of his purpose was to undermine the support Stalin was then building within the largely Russian Bolshevik Party. My father was born in Odessa; he referred to himself as Russian but every Russian I have ever met dismissed his nationality as “just Ukrainian.”

But it’s typical of Obama’s dealings with foreign leaders that he doesn’t know much, doesn’t care to learn much, and obviously pays no attention at all to his advisors on protocol. Neither he nor the LSM want to acknowledge it, but he makes us a laughing stock around the world with this sort of thing.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

1921?

Barry wasn’t even born yet.

Besides, year zero started in the 60′s. Everything prior to 1960 is irrelevant.

NoDonkey on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

you see how far we’ve come, Ed? You can now calibrate your OOTDs with previous ones. That’s smart power!

ted c on February 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

You’re on to something here, ted.

How about an OOTD scale using past landmark-grade gaffes for comparison?

In other words……Was it “Cambridge Police” stupid or “Bowing to Kings and Emporers” stupid?

“Corpse-men” stupid or “57 States” stupid?

“Sputnik moment” stupid or “tasking NASA with improving Muslim relations” stupid?

The man is truly a walking, talking moron.

Tim_CA on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I get Kenya and Hawaii confused all the time, maybe the WH can help me out.

IlikedAUH2O on February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

“I get Kenya and Hawaii confused all the time, maybe the WH can help me out.”

Hey, don’t beat yourself up- I mix up those two with Indonesia all the time.

I mean, they’re all Austrian speaking countries in South America after all.

It’s a common mistake made by people in all 57 states.

GrassMudHorsey on February 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It’s TOTUS’s fault!

jqc1970 on February 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Georgian.Spring.!!!

askwhatif on February 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

It’s an understandable mistake, considering last Thursday Zippy was Russian to get away from a Georgia courtroom.

MrKleenexMuscles on February 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

As said in yesterday’s OOTD.

“Mistakes Were Made.”

Probably meant to say ‘Florida’ instead of ‘Georgia.’

TimBuk3 on February 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM