President Barack Obama’s charm was in full swing on Tuesday night when he chatted with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Charm aside, evidence emerged that U.S. geography isn’t our president’s strong suit and President George W. Bush is still Obama’s favorite punching bag.
Twitter lit up after Obama said the U.S. needed to deepen certain ports:
If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here.
None of those cities lies on the Gulf. Madison Montana [@tlmontana] tweeted a response, as did numerous others:
Mr. Prez: "Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida, both in the Gulf Of Mexico"..Really? What happened to the #Atlantic Ocean? [Via Twitchy]
Also via Twitter, John White (@blackjohnwhite) tagged his correction on that statement with #57states. That was a reference to the president’s error during his first campaign when he said the U.S. had 57 states. Media didn’t give then-candidate Obama the same treatment given Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; he got a pass.
The president apparently had a brain glitch when he said this:
"The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately…"
Unfortunately? If the president had been a Republican, legacy media reporters would’ve ridiculed him for weeks for that comment alone.
Predictably, Obama blamed Bush for the NSA spy program despite the fact Obama expanded it (he also expanded the use of drones). As Obama blamed his Republican predecessor, he also credited the spy program for keeping Americans safe. Then Obama gave Bush-like advice.
After 9-11-2001, Bush encouraged Americans to go about their daily lives, doing things like going to the mall.
The Left erupted in snarkisms.
Yet Obama told Leno that after the Boston Marathon bombing, Americans continued to go to sports events and such and the president gave the impression that was a good thing.
Never has a president so cleverly guised hypocrisy in wit and charm. You have to hand it to him.
Besides notable gaffes most legacy media probably will not note, there was nothing remarkable in the interview—mostly softball questions were lobbed at the commander-in-chief. Obama’s visit was his sixth with Leno.
(Analysis by Kay B. Day/Aug. 7, 2013)
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