May 19, 2008

Media Snoozes While Obama’s ‘Altered States’ Gaffes Continue

Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters posted Saturday on Barack Obama’s tirade against Fox News.

The underlying report by Ryan Alessi of McClatchy’s Lexington Herald-Leader also contained this nugget (HT National Review’ Online’s Media Blog), showing that the candidate’s basic geography challenges continue:

Obama conceded that he has a steep challenge to get his message and background to voters in states such as Kentucky — where he trails Sen. Hillary Clinton by 27 points, according to a poll published earlier this week — and West Virginia, where voters chose Clinton over Obama by 40 points on Tuesday.

“What it says is that I’m not very well known in that part of the country,” Obama said. “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.”

Trouble is, as a look at a US map (with territories) shows, Arkansas may be “nearby,” but Obama’s home state of Illinois is “adjacent”:


Greg Polliwitz at NRO’s Media Blog asks:

Can the man who wants to be President please tell us why Arkansas is somehow closer to Kentucky than Illinois??????

This gaffe comes on the heels of Obama’s “state”-ment of May 9 that “I’ve been in 57 states, (with) I think one left to go.”

As I noted last week (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), during the 1992 campaign, Vice President Dan Quayle was pilloried from June until Election Day over his misspelling of a word.

I would suggest that Quayle’s error is “small potatoes” compared to the stunning geographic ignorance that is becoming a routine occurrence with Obama.

Clearly, Old Media disagrees. A Google News search on “nearby state of Arkansas” (in quotes) came back with three results. Two of them are Alessi’s report. The other is at the American Thinker blog.

Perhaps, in addition to Jeremiah Wright and Obama’s wife Michelle, the candidate and his campaign will demand that geography be made an off-limits topic.

Cross-posted at


UPDATE, May 21: Michelle Malkin — “Gaffe Machine.”



  1. You’re kidding me, right?

    This is all you have?

    Keep at those molehills.

    Comment by The Reverend — May 19, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  2. #1, uh, no.

    Start here. Go backward, go forward, go to the previous related posts indexed at the bottom.

    Have fun reading about the Objectively Unfit for Public Office Barack Obama.

    Comment by TBlumer — May 19, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  3. Dan Quayle misspoke with some regularity:

    Comment by Tony B. — May 19, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

  4. #3, Betcha if reporters took good notes and reported what he said, Obama would be past #26 by now. Quayle’s is 5-6 per year. Obama will hit the century mark in his first term if it’s reported.

    I thought Odumbo was a good name for him because of his ears. Little did I know how much double duty that nickname has and will be doing.

    Comment by TBlumer — May 19, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

  5. All politicians make mistakes. Any of us would if we were giving dozens of speeches a week. The issue here is the media decides to cover excessively mistakes by Republican candidates as evidence of stupidity. However, similar or worse mistakes by Dem politicians are ignored as meaningless since they’re smart since they agree with the leftist journalist in most cases. That is the problem. Journalists color their coverage to favor the left because for the most part they agree with them. It is a recurring theme.

    Comment by largebill — May 20, 2008 @ 8:10 am

  6. Largebill, what is the MSM supposed to say? Should they claim that Obama doesn’t know how many states are in the Union? You don’t believe that, yet everyone knew that Quayle didn’t know the spelling of “potato.” He “corrected” a kid at a spelling bee.

    The Reverend is right. If this is all you’ve got, you’re in trouble. Folks will soon be talking actual issues: wars waged against the wrong target, trillions added to our debt, and energy policies written by oil executives.

    Comment by Tony B. — May 20, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  7. #6, He sure acted like he knew it was 57.

    And if you followed the link (that’s l-i-n-k) at #3, you’d know that the Reverend is quite wrong.

    Oh, and this is hot off the presses at National Review. It shreds what little is left of Obama’s plausible deniability claim on Wright, Farrakhan, et al.

    I know what I’d choose between someone who can’t spell potato (by the way, IIRC, he was handed a flash card with the word spelled incorectly by a teacher) and someone who either sleepwalks through 20 years of “white supremacy” sermons, bulletins, and magazines, or buys into the doctrines without having the courage to admit it.

    Comment by TBlumer — May 20, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

  8. I see. In addition to 57 states, you’ve got church programs and magazine covers. Meanwhile, bin Laden continues to mock us. Pathetic.

    Comment by Tony B. — May 21, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  9. #8, the only pathetic thing I see around here is your desperate comment.

    Comment by TBlumer — May 21, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  10. .
    Imagine if Obama was a Republican, all the racist comments from the Left we would hear. If he knows he is lying as opposed to being mistaken, then he must be insane to think it would go unnoticed.
    What will NObama say next?
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    you MUST run for president

    we will all keep backing you
    despite your stupid statements

    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon
    Help Halt Terrorism Now!


    Comment by USpace — May 21, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

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