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British Paper: Obama 'Maldives' Gaffe 'Uncharacteristic;' More Akin to Bush; Where Have They Been?!

The Telegraph (UK) notes that President Obama made an "uncharacteristic" gaffe the other day by calling the Falklands Islands -- known as the Malvinas in Argentina -- the "Maldives." And it did so by pointing out ... that George W. Bush was more prone to such blunders, "Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W. Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives."

While President George W. Bush certainly made his fair share of gaffes, one can certainly wonder if the former chief exec was indeed more apt to make such errors, or whether it was the media -- in this case the foreign press -- that highlighted them more often than it does those of our current president.

For example, take Oliver Burkeman's "homage" to Mr. Bush in the [UK] Guardian just prior to the former president's departure from the White House in 2009: "The gaffes, the gibberish, the gurning. Admit it: there's a part of him you're going to miss" he writes. He then includes the memorable moment of Mr. Bush walking into a locked door while in China, followed by just about every memorable verbal/grammar gaffe of his presidency.

The [Australian] Telegraph had fun with Bush's "phonetic teleprompter," and the Guardian offered up "George Bush's finest gaffes." The BBC pointed out his mistakes in a terrorism speech.

The [UK] Daily Mail giggled at the former president mixing up Austria with Australia, while the aforementioned BBC certainly had fun with the former president's blunders with British royalty. Ironically, our current  president thought that Austrian was an actual language, and he's had his own share of gaffes with regards to the British and their royalty.

So, are such blunders, verbal and otherwise, "uncharacteristic" of President Obama? Let's take a look at some classics:

Newsbusters forum member Blonde has a handy-dandy reference guide for many other such goofs by our current chief exec. (My apologies for not giving the appropriate credit earlier!)

The question to the UK Telegraph is: Was your sub-headline an actual fact -- or a blatant editorial opinion?


#1 Here you go, D.S. Hube

The COMPLEAT GAFFE LIST......I haven't updated the Forum one in quite a while.


Is that like the redundant Redundancy Department?

- Looking forward to the self-annihilation of the Manipulated Stories Machine.

#3 Of course, Blonde*

I immediately thought of you when I saw this headline :)

I'll try to be nicer if you'll try to be smarter.

#4 Thanks, NOLA

Baracka's Gaffes have become my "signature" in more ways than one. I'll know I have it made when Rush finds far my list has been picked up by a couple of conservative aggregators and by Neil Boortz & Weasel Zippers.

Gary Hall e-mailed the current one to me 24 hours before it hit Drudge! I have my spies (stock in trade, always).

#5 Thats awesome, B*

Your diligence and commitment are admirable! It's great to have a "one stop shop" to go to when we need it.

I'll try to be nicer if you'll try to be smarter.

#6 Our “native born” American President

"Obama thought that a bomb -- one -- fell on Pearl Harbor that fateful day in December of 1941."

I wonder how many kids born and raised in Hawaii walk around with that notion in their head.

- Looking forward to the self-annihilation of the Manipulated Stories Machine.

#7 Chicken and egg

A friend of mine recalled a conversation he had with a Japanese tourist at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese said, "You can hardly blame us for bombing Pearl Harbor after you dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

#8 Oh yeah?

And as an American wrote in the condolence book the Japanese have at the memorial at Hiroshima for those killed in the atomic bombing:


"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#9 It was once reported General

It was once reported, General Grover who headed the Manhattan project said to Truman in 1945 . Sir it will take 100,000 dead Americans to beat your impeachment hearings in 1946, how will you defend yourself then when everyone knows this bomb exists.

#10 Olympic and Coronet

Operations Olympic and Coronet called for nerve gas to be used on the landing grounds.  What does that tell you?  

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#11 Obama's "gaffes" have

all been Bush's fault and this one is no exception.

#12 gaffes? Who cares we are SAVED!

Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light'

...thank you, thank you, thank, you O pResident one

And thank you Mrs. pResident for letting us know...


btw: the article goes on to say: Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama.



“I didn’t see no ’tissue’; I just saw a child.” - October Baby

The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God. - William Bernard Ullanthorne

#13 What, did Moooooooooooochelle

What, did Moooooooooooochelle move the enourmous shadow of her caboose away from the sunlight???

#14 The Blog Michelle Obama:

The Blog
Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light'
4:49 PM, Apr 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Michelle Obama made a remarkable claim when talking up her husband, President Barack Obama, at a campaign event earlier today in Nashville, Tennessee.
Barack & Michelle Obama at Washington DC public charter school 2-3-09 1

"I am so in," Michelle Obama said toward the end of her remarks. "I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell. This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light."

The crowd of nearly 450 folks applauded as the first lady likened her husband to a Jesus-like figure.

In the book of Matthew, we read, "the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." (Matthew 4:16) The phrase is used to describe the words Jesus preached.

In Micah, light, however, is a reference to God's words. "Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me," it says in Micah 7:8.

Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama.

#15 Dead on here...the story to

Dead on here...the story to follow is now Obama equating himself with God.

#16 Vast,

light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama.

Is that a true quote? Can I have the source please?

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#17 Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true

Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama. was the writers last sentence not Mrs. pResident saying it.  From here.



 “I didn’t see no ’tissue’; I just saw a child.” - October Baby

The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God. - William Bernard Ullanthorne

#18 Yeah, I read about that

Yeah, I read about that 'uncharacteristic gaffe' this morning................being more 'Bush-like'. Granted that Bush wasn't particularly glib on a teleprompter, he was pretty quick-witted off the cuff, and I don't see any evidence that he has made any percentage of stupid, erroneous, idiotic, and proof-of-psuedo-intellectual remarks that Boy Baraka has made. Blonde has a good list, and if you go back to BEFORE his ascendency to the throne, you could compound that list many times. Baraka is tedious and a monumental bore while ON the teleprompter - even with everything pre-written for him, and he is just another middle-of-the-road-IQ (and that's a stretch!!) self-absorbed and intellectually self-deceiving dolt when he is speaking inpromptu.

#19 Killa

My list has both pre- and post-coronation gaffes, but if you (or anyone else) know of any that I've missed, by all means, please let me know!!! A pm or e-mail is always welcome.

#20 Well, I haven't looked at

Well, I haven't looked at your list in a while, so obviously I was wrong about the pre-ascension remarks.............but I'm sure we can both agree that there are a lot of 'nuggets' floating around that could be added to your list. And I still think that Bush isn't nearly in the same ballpark as Baraka on this subject.

#21 TelePrompter gaffes

wasn't the 57 states one on 'prompter? Seems like a few of these are not gaffes but "coded messages" to the true believers...

so before i get written off as a kook... i mean like 57 states refers to the territories/non-states becoming actual states. things that he is promising to people.

if you know of any of these are in actual speeches, and possibly in the talk track, you should make a note of that.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Time to update someone's saying: Apparently my talent is no longer on loan from God, it is given to me by the government...the rel

#22 57 states

i also thought it was 57 states.

#23 Quite possibly, OuttaMyWay

...but my purpose is to document the gaffes. At this point in time, I'm not editorializing on them.

If you'd like to.....feel free. Either in the original NB Forum (linked above)....or start one of your own.

I'm merely keeping score. :)

#24 Check the video.

Nope, the 57 states wasn't on prompter. Actually, I have always wondered why people keep saying he thinks there are 57 states. Listen to what he says. He states he has been to 57 states, and has one to go...that's 58...and he was not going to Alaska or Hawaii, his staff wouldn't let him go. that's 60. So, he believes there are 60 states, not 57. And since he was only visiting the contiguous states (no Alaska or Hawaii) a reference to making the territories states seems unlikely.

#25 I think the REAL insidious

I think the REAL insidious meaning behind that '57 states' comment was that it actually signifies the 57 moooooooooooslem countries in this world, and that it was uttered by a guy who was RAISED in a mooooooooooooslem country, and can recite parts of the Quran ( or Koran, or toilet paper - however you want to describe it) perfectly, and a guy who has called the morning prayers the 'most beautiful sound on earth' (well, I don't even WANT to imagine what Moooooooooochelle sounds like, when she is 'praising Allah'!! You know??? 'Oh God'..........'Oh God'................'Praise Allah'!!!), and has also stated - in no uncertain tems - that he IS a mooooooooooooooslem, many times!!!

So don't get too hung up on the 'American' aspect of the 57 states, because that's NOT where it is coming from with Boy Baraka!!!

#26 This is the most logical

I agree with killa37. This is the most logical explanation. Most kids, (it used to be all kids), getting an education in the U.S. know by ROTE that the United States has fifty states. Anyone who is schooled here, would NEVER say 57. Obama was schooled in a Muslim Madrasah. Obama had been campaigning hard, was tired, and this is the first thing that popped into his head when referring to the number of states he had been to. It's what he remembered, by rote.

It's nothing nefarious.  Obama wasn't referring to "territories" or anything of the kind.  His subconscious told him 57.


"You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas...on the taxpayer’s dime." Barack Obama

#27 Using that logic..

When Obama said "my muslim faith" it was what he remembered by rote, that he is, indeed, a Muslim.

Proud member of the 53%!

#28 Good morning Rad

How right you are. The first number that pops into my mind is 48. That means I'm an OLD american.


Jesus Loves You so much He died for you

#29 And lest we not forget, the

And lest we not forget, the Maldives ARE one of the 57 mooooooooooooooooslem countries, whereas the 'Malvines', or 'Faulkland Islands', is just some place where white Christians live - a BIG difference in Boy Baraka's brainwashed mind.

#30 loxmyth

...and he was not going to Alaska or Hawaii,

Hawaii wouldn't count since it's an island in Asia.

President Obama is a Muslim (from his own lips), Kenyan (read it from his publicist) a homosexual (read it on a news magazine cover) and a Socialist (I'm alive and can see it for myself)

#31 Double ouch !

I was going to put up a similar comment as loxmyth (60 states) until I read your comment Phil. Spot on !

On a side note, wasn't he born in Asia then ? (Yes, I'm a PROUD "Birther") Also, does he speak Asian (like the Austrian "language") ?

This guy is comedy GOLD (except that he's currently the most dangerous metrosexual in America).

#32 Yeah...........Baraka claims

Yeah...........Baraka claims he was born over here in Asia, and he even has a psuedo-birth certificate to 'prove' it..........but since we're in Asia, that makes him about as legal and legitimate as if he were born in Kenya - or British East Africa - as it was called in 1961m even though his birth certificate says 'Kenya'!!!

And I'm STILL waitin' (Obamaspeak) to find out the REAL reason his 'typical white grandmother' died the day before his coronation, and why she was kept under lock and key during the whole campaign...........................maybe she knew sumpin???

#33 Mr. Hube

Newsbusters itself has a handy-dandy reference guide for many other such goofs by our current chief exec.

NewsBuster forum member Blonde has and still is compiling the gaffe list, not NewsBusters.  A proper hat tip to Blonde would be appropriate citation.

#34 I second that. All in favor

I second that. All in favor say Aye!

#35 Apologies

In my quest to make the gaffe list as big and relevant as possible, I was doing a lot of Googling research and along the way was happy to discover Blonde's list. I had erroneously assumed it to be, well, "merely" part of the greater NB site. Obviously, I was mistaken. I've edited the sentence in question with the appropriate credit.

Again, my apologies, and many thanks to Blonde for compiling that most comprehensive list. :-)

#36 No apologies necessary, Mr. Hube

Thanks for changing the credit (but would you mind changing the link to MY blog, below?)....I, like the rest of us bloggers, treasure my "hits". LOL....the Gaffe List is my one and only claim to fame. No harm, no foul.

Oddly enough....I basically did the same thing as you, back last year, trying to compile Obama's greatest hits. I discovered one list of ten....then (I believe it was on an OT) suggested we needed a comprehensive posted it on the Forums. And it took off from there.

#37 No problem

I've changed the link now. :-)

#38 Mucho Gracias

It's my one claim to fame, and blog hits!

Thanks, truly appreciate the link.

#39 Mr. Hube

Thank you for both your speedy attention to the matter and your most enjoyable article. Who knew Obama would be so funny? Irritating and destructive we figured, but not this funny. No wonder Obama chose Joe Biden, the Norm Crosby of politics, to offset his gaffes.

#40 Hmmm...

How do you say "Maldives" in Austran?

#41 Rhymes with "corpse".

Or another one of those 57 state names.

#42 A nice reminder

Good blog entry. When you don't hear this stuff for a while it's easy to forget all the instances. He blunders constantly but is deemed so smart. I honestly think his eyesight is probably getting a little worse so it's a bit harder to read the teleprompter.

#43 insult

This insult to the brits by trying to call it Malvinas and not by the internationally recognized Falkland islands is a kin to some one calling New York occupied New Amsterdam. And/or the common insult ot Israel when they call Jerusalem, Al Quds and mean it as if the name Jerusalem is a non-word non-place to anyone.

By trying to call it Malvinas was just normal to the thumb to the eye of the UK and par for the course of Obama. And messing up that insult was also par to the course.

#44 LOL

The online comment section has been giving the Telegraph readers an education of Obama's gaffes. Let the lame stream media keep covering for the clown, they are just destroying themselves while failing to prop him up.

tired of liberal lies

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