We’re in the last week for OOTDs this year, since we’ll start working our way through the year-end polls next Monday to determine the Obamateurism of the Year. Today, we recognize that Presidents have a lot of names to keep straight — but how hard is it to remember one of the nine Supreme Court justices? Yossi Gestetner catches this moment from Barack Obama’s celebration of Hanukkah:
Said Obama while looking around the room: “We are honored to be joined by… one of the Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth.” At this moment the President made a move with his forehead and eyes saying “ah…” and then looked down at his papers and said “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is here.”
This of course is worse than when Texas Governor Perry who was clearly referring to a specific 8-1 ruling said “eight unelected Justices,” nor is the same as when Perry said “Not Montemayor,” knowing clearly that he does not have the correct name of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Well, neither one is good, but Obama wasn’t answering a question extemporaneously. He was introducing someone invited to his own event.
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