Thursday, August 08, 2013

Barack Obama versus Gulf Geography

The President appeared on the Tonight Show August 6th.
Conservatives are having the time of their lives over President Obama's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night, for making what one website described as a "staggering geographical gaffe."

At the risk of drawing a Drudge link, and the attendant avalanche of hooting, it should be pointed out that Tuesday night was not the first time the President referred to Atlantic coast cities as gulf ports.

Several conservatives, including Glenn Beck, have pointed out that when the President said "If we don't deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida," he was listing cities that aren't actually along the Gulf Coast,

Newsbusters' Tom Blumer also pointed out that The Associated Press cleaned up the quote with a parenthetical "(and in) places like,"

Unfortunately for the AP, that doesn't appear to be what the President meant to say at all. Aside from the lack of any sort of indicative pause, the President has referred to these cities in the same way on two other occasions. Here's the President's Tonight Show "gaffe," followed by a portion of his July 25 speech in Jacksonville, Florida.

Here is some Twitter commentary, as well as a map.

Newsbusters notices an AP writer fabricating a narrative to portray the President's intentions as less ignorant.

Glenn Beck and his sidekicks justifiably take shots at this

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