President Barack Obama appeared on the late-night talk show Tuesday and covered a range of topics from the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program — the U.S. has no such thing, Obama said — to Russia to his bromance with former Republican Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. But when discussing the importance of investing in infrastructure, President Obama got a bit turned around.
“You mentioned infrastructure,” Leno said. “Why is that a partisan issue? I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe. How does that become Republican or Democrat? How do you not just fix the bridge?”
President Obama responded, saying he has encouraged legislators to put partisan politics aside and work together to fix America’s bridges, roads, sewer systems and ports.
“…The Panama is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in,” Obama responded. “Now, that will be finished in 2015. 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.”
Sure, the President’s intentions were pure — the U.S. could stand to have deeper ports in order to keep businesses in the country. But Obama clearly didn’t realize the ports he mentioned — Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville — were located on the Atlantic Ocean, not the Gulf of Mexico.
See what happens when Obama speaks without his trusty teleprompter?
And this isn’t the first time the President flubbed his geography. On the campaign trail in 2008, the then-Presidential hopeful told a crowd in Beaverton, Ore., he had visited 57 states with “one left to go.” Then, while discussing an attack on the British Embassy in Tehran, Obama referred to the diplomatic office as the “English Embassy.” And last year when speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, Obama referred to the Falkland Islands — also known as Malvinas — as the Maldives.
But messing up your own country’s geography? Seems like a gaffe the Left would surely capitalize on had it been President George W. Bush.
Check out President Obama’s case of mistaken geography at around the 2:30 mark.