Oops! White House fails basic geography test
Photo courtesy of Mark Walz/CNN
September 27th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Oops! White House fails basic geography test

Looks like someone in the White House press office needs to brush up on his or her U.S. geography.

The press office issued credentials to those reporters and photojournalists who are covering the president’s trip this week to Washington state, California, and Colorado. The credential even provides a handy graphic highlighting (in white) which states the president will visit.

The only problem?

Wyoming is highlighted, not Colorado. To be fair, both states are rectangular, nearly identical in size, and stacked next to each other. But we doubt our third grade teachers would buy that!


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  1. C-Lo

    Maybe it was one of the 7 extra states that got them confused.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • David

      The 57 states Obama "visited was a veiled reference to the 57 caliphates of Islam in the world. He knew there are 50 states, he was just sending a message to Muslims the world over that the US was in Muslim hands now.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • Ruth

        give me a break. just attend one of Jay walks knowledge test and see how many of you are ignorant of basic knowledge. You need a pressident like Michelle Bauchman who needs to back to school and learn her facts before she opens her gaff. Talking about sending a message to the muslim world. You are so racists. No wonder America is always in trouble because of comments like yours.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Jack Kennedy

        ruth ............. sucks to be you........... the obama defender

        September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • deus ex

        @Ruth Oh my fellow product of public education...the unintentional irony of your post is absolutely delicious. The grammar, the syntax, the spelling; all set against the backdrop of a rant and lecture about basic knowledge. Thank you for giving me my LOL moment of the day. Let me know how that glass house is working out for ya.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • Pettifogger

        "Talking about sending a message to the muslim world. You are so racists."

        I hear this sort of thing a lot, but I must have missed the memo making Islam a race. All this time, I have been under the impression it is a religion and perhaps a religion-based political system. Given that Muslims are of many races, I'm having a hard time conceiving of Islam as a race.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Pettifogger

        Or has "racist" come to mean merely that there's something you don't like, and I don't like that.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • CJ

        were just a bunch of dumb people were so caught up in our own shit we dont know what to do next hey WAKE UP STOP WORRYING ABOUT JUST YOURSELVES WORRY ABOUT OTHERS AS WELL SO WERE NOT JUST STUCK IN THIS DUMB ECONOMIC SITUATION! ASK YOUR SELF THIS DO WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH PEACE OR POWER?

        September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • Darrell

        You know, David, there was a time when I would immediately have recognized your comment as satirical. (What else could it be? Nobody could be that paranoid and stupid.)

        But over the last few years, thanks to the advent of neoconservatism, mindless Christian fundamentalism, Truthers, Nirthers, and Tea Party slobbering, America's average IQ has been reduced by a good 20 – 25 points. There are people who actually believe the kind of paranoid insanity you posted, as incredible as that seems.

        As a result, it's getting harder to tell when comments like yours are serious. Could I trouble you to clarify? Do you really believe that Obama is a Secret Muslim speaking in Secret Muslim Code, in front of the entire world, to the Global Muslim Conspiracy? Or were you mocking people who believe it?

        September 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • SOLR Shawn

        Ruth not only is your ignorance highlighted by your absolute lack of an ability to spell and conduct grammar, it shines brightly because you are an Obama supporter. Go back to your flock of sheople you ignorant fool.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • Tom A

        Maybe the "57" was a subliminal cry for Heinz ketchup/catsup. I imagine that the "little lady" scarfs down all the fries and ketchup before he gets any.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • John

        Looks like Ruth need to go back to school. What amazing sentence structure and grammar.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • judith

        Crazy talk. You seriously need mental health counseling because of your conspiracy theory disorder.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • Frank La MY

        too bad the white house does not know where the 51 states. Wyoming? instead of Colorado. wow what a moran. how did he ever get voted? if i were Colorado he would be off my ballet.

        frank la may in Florida which is in the southern park of the U.S. for the morans in the white house

        September 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • Justin

        @ Pettifogger

        Yes, you missed the memo. "Racist" now means "anyone who disagrees with a liberal marxist". Has little to do with skin color, as the straw polls clearly showed this weekend, placing Herman Cain first. How could a bunch of racist Tea Partiers vote for Herman Cain? I thought they just wanted to get black people out of the White House...

        September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • Nunya Bitness

        Ruthy baby, You act just like Ruth in the Bible. ...Following your Hebrew mother-in-law.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Jordan

        Isn't it racist to think all Muslims are part of the same single race?

        September 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
      • Ruths-a-twit

        I love when black women try to form what they think is an intelligent statement and get vocabulary and syntax mixed up. It just makes me laugh at their unknown ignorance. Ruth when you see people laughing they are laughing at you and not with you. Just a hint. Drop the 's' off the 'racists' word and you'll be close. LOL

        September 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • truspeek

        C';mon guys, be fair. Ruth writes as if she has gone through at least MOST of the third grade.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • SETH

        @Ruth here come the liberals crying racism at every turn, Hey Ruth that time is over you and your liberal friends have played out the whole racism cry.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • SB

        Ruth, if you are so much smarter than everyone else, why don't you know how to spell Michele Bachmann?!! You libs are amazing!

        September 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • ex cowboy

        Seriously on the caliphate bs? The Fox crazy machine keeps spewing that rot-gut and I'll want to join this lodestar caliphate to escape the brain fouled hatred of Tea Partisan zombie fantasy land.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • Diego

        O-man was being advised by Johnny Kerry-Heinz...57 varieties

        September 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Boats48

        Besides, they don't teach US geography in Indonesia!

        September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • rev'rnt right

        Looks like Ruth just can't take a joke.

        Judging by her mistakes in punctuation and capitalization, she could use a little back-to-school time herself.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • RIZZ917

        Imagine if this happened in the Bush White House? Lol Obummer is not too bright, or his staff. Liberalism, all emotional and no thought... Obama, tell us again how Lincoln founded the GOP, won't ya? It's my favourite bed time story.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Dr. J

        I'm not sure if this is relevant but, I'm so naked right now under all of my clothes I feel like I'm doing something illegal.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Demsvoteblindly

        Wow Ruth, was it hard to come up with that many errors in your own comment after slamming someone else and defending the National embarrassement sitting in the White House, or well most likely golf course? I bet Ruth is a big racist and projects that onto others. I dated a bi polar girl and she always projected her flaws onto others, something tells me Ruth has a little of that going on.

        Don't forget Ruth, KKK was started by the Democratic party and their first Grand Wizard was an honored in their 1868 Nation convention. Too bad history shows that Dems voted 100% against the 14th ammendment. In case you do not know what 100% is, that is everyone that had a vote in the Democrat party, voted NO to giving blacks rights. So.... are you part of the racist party and projecting your racist hate towards others?

        September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
      • Dean

        Ruth......... blah blah blah blah. You need to go back to school to learn how to post coherently and use proper grammar. . Your post make you sound like a wet old hen cackling.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • kingg

        Ruth: You would be perfect for an Obama Cabinet position

        September 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        September 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • The G Report

        Obama said he went to "every corner" of the country, but not Alaska and Hawaii ?!?

        If you looked at the US as a "rectangle", wouldn't Alaska and Hawaii be considered two of the four corners?

        September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Fanomando

        Ruth, the first racist remarks in this thread are contained in your post, why do you inject racism into this, I have never seen such horrible racism in this nation until Obama became president, I was hopeful the presence of a black man in office might unite us, but just the opposite, things are way worse now racially speaking, this is terrible sad, I don’t care what color you are, we must love one another.

        September 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • Mike-InNY

        If you do the math Obama's statement was actually 58 state excluding Alaska & Hawaii. Obviously he was off by a factor of 10 but the reference to the 57 caliphates of Islam is a stretch.

        September 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • Sucks to be a H8TR

        You know something? Americans aren't stupid. The more name calling you use, the less likely we'll settle down and agree with your point. Rather – we'll just turn our backs to you.

        As for this little tidbit... ever consider that this was a simple typo? Like you've never made a mistake? LOL... get real.

        September 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • Bill in Florida

        The depth of your delusion is incredible.

        September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
      • amesIA

        It is pretty obvious from that video that he meant 47 – as in the lower 48. He said "one more left to go" and his "staff could justify the cost of visiting Alaska or Hawaii." Your attempts to tie this obvious misstatement to a Muslim conspiracy is petty and stupid.

        September 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Steve WaffleBottom

        I'm not wearing any pants!

        September 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
      • eg48

        puff puff pass

        September 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
      • eg48

        This is a product of inbreeding

        September 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
      • Allen

        @David: Stop recycling that b-llsh-t thing about the 57 "states" that the Tea Baggers made up. He was momentarily thinking about the 57 states, Territories, and Protectorates instead of just the 50 states and slipped up, you imbecile.

        September 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
      • asmith

        you must be dizzy from all that spinning you're doing making excuses for Obama.

        Obama said it. "All 57 states" It's on videotape. What a pathetic joke you are.

        Obviously, it was Obama and his kids, who did the highlighting on the map.

        September 28, 2011 at 3:53 am |
      • Ethernet

        *Gasp* Your right!!! Errr Whats a caliph?

        September 28, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • tom

        Sorry to inform you but the U.S. is still in the hands of ignorant christians.

        September 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • EllieLight

        Ruth: Excellent. That really go people riled up. You are a true genius.

        September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • Brian

        It blows my mind how any real American can still support Obama. They are obviously people who do not understand our Democracy, how the economy functions, our freedoms, the Constitution, and remedial mathematics. I guess the world will always be filled with mindless drones and idiots.

        September 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • Zac

        It's ok Ruth. I think it's perfectly fine that you weren't smart enough to drop out of high school like these guys and become a 'product of public education.' We can fix this through some simple rehabilitation, and a little re-education. The more correct term for these guys' behavior is 'Bigotry', though 'Racism' is a very close second. These folks here see that his skin is black, his middle name is 'Hussein', his daddy was from somewhere else and practiced a different religion, therefore he is obviously not a REAL American, and he is just trying to institute Shariah Law and destroy or enslave us all. I can't believe you would think otherwise Ruth. Never mind what the Constitution says regarding religion, or how many times Obama has explained that he does not practice Islam, the president is a Muslim and that disqualifies him from being president, whether he is aware of it or not. I know public school may have taught you to use something called 'reason', but don't be fooled! You were simply brainwashed to further the cause of this great conspiracy against white, Christian conservatives. Take a close look at the errors of your ways, and maybe we can stop these presidential shenanigans yet!

        September 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • S

        And the text below, generously provided by Frank La MY, is clearly a beautiful example of how to write in English! Maybe it was a joke, but given that he is in Florida, I wouldn't be surprised if he actually thought this was correct! Yes, the same state that pretty much gave 2000 election to Bush!
        --------
        Frank La MY

        too bad the white house does not know where the 51 states. Wyoming? instead of Colorado. wow what a moran. how did he ever get voted? if i were Colorado he would be off my ballet.

        frank la may in Florida which is in the southern park of the U.S. for the morans in the white house

        September 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • steven harnack

        And you know that because of messages that you receive from a galaxy far far away, correct?

        September 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • marc

        So you didn't actually follow the context of the speach did you. If you did it would be clear he probably ment the 47 contigounous states he had been to, and not any veiled referance to any Muslim conspiracy.

        "It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we.ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I.ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

        Not to excuse the gaffe, but it's clear from the context that the candidate intended to say he had been in 47 (or perhaps 48) states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

        September 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • wwm46

        Ruth – Speaking of going back to school, when do you start? You're one dumb obamabot.

        September 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
      • George

        Dear fellow Commentators....be on alert for Internet Trolls paid by the Tea Baggers. They'll sell their mothers to win next election. They'll change Election/voting policies and even pay Trolls like David to spread stupid non-profound agendas....hoping gullible people will buy into their hate.

        September 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • George

        I'm shocked that David made a overt stupid statement without merits but Ruth gets attacked for her grammatical errors!? Talk about the dumb-ing of America.

        And yes, lets call it what it is. Believing garbage like that from David about Obama is racist.

        September 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
      • Bob Brown

        Oh, BS! It's a reference to the Heinz 57 varieties!

        September 29, 2011 at 12:07 am |
      • Commojoe

        You can bet anything even close to this during Bush's term would have been blown out of proportion, reported again and again as front-page news, but no, not with Bozobama! He's too busy, too important – the "One" can't be bothered with such minor details.as which state is where.

        September 29, 2011 at 2:53 am |
      • Larry

        You're pretty stupid David....It's unfortunate we can't deport stupid Americans.

        September 29, 2011 at 7:34 am |
      • SeanM

        @Ruths-a-twit
        "I love when black women try to form what they think is an intelligent statement and get vocabulary and syntax mixed up. It just makes me laugh at their unknown ignorance. Ruth when you see people laughing they are laughing at you and not with you. Just a hint. Drop the 's' off the 'racists' word and you'll be close. LOL"

        It's racists to assume Ruth's a black woman. Better to have unknown ignorance than be knowingly ignorant.

        September 29, 2011 at 7:41 am |
      • SeanM

        @Brian

        "It blows my mind how any real American can still support Obama. They are obviously people who do not understand our Democracy, how the economy functions, our freedoms, the Constitution, and remedial mathematics. I guess the world will always be filled with mindless drones and idiots."

        I'm sick of hearing about how Obama destroyed the economy! Where have you been the past 10 years? You talk about not understanding economic functions. Economic policies of the last 10 years have gotten us into the mess we are in today. Economics do not change over night, but are built over number of years. Tax cuts for the rich which weren't paid for, 2 wars that weren't paid for, are just 2 of the main reasons our economy is in the shape it is in doubling our national debt and putting it in the downward spiral it is in now. Our tax rates are at an all time low and need to be raised (especially for the wealthy) When Regan was in office the top tax rates were in the 50%'s but now the top is @34% and there are loopholes so these higher rates are avioded by the wealthy and being paid by the middle class. Regan proved in the 80's that trickle down – voodoo economics did not work and Bush has now proved it again. So please do not preach about drones and idiots. I ask again where were you a 4 or 5 years ago when it all hit the fan?

        September 29, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • MarineDad05

        Obama is a Muslim?

        You idiotic conservatives keep confusing me all the time. First he was Muslim, then he became a Rev. Wright type Black Christian.
        He is Black guy, then his mom is a White, so he couldn't be all Black, at least when needed.
        He is a communist, a socialist, a racist, anti- American, a war monger, etc etc.
        He is American, not an American, a citizen, not a citizen.

        Jeez! I finally figured out what his problem is, you dimwits, Obama is Black, and you bigots don't quite know what to do.... you know the US of A having a Black president.

        The only time when you guys are not bigots is when you pretend you are not.

        September 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
      • Southerner01

        @Marinedad05 – I'd happily vote for an African American in the next election, if Herman Cain is the Republican candidate. What people like you don't seem to grasp is that it is Obama's POLICIES that we don't like, not his skin color.

        September 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • Mike in Illinois

        @ David – your ignorance is showing. Where did you get that there are 57 Caliphates in Islam? Throughout all of Islamic history, there have been 11 Caliphates. A Caliphate is a form of government, an would be equivilant to the term that a government operates continuously under the same system of laws or constitution. (For example, the US has operated under the US Constitution since 1789. That would be one continuous form of government.) In other parts of the world, you culd substitute the term empire, dynasty, etc.

        To everyone else – Just because some idiot posts something in a blog, does not make it true. Stop behaving like mindless sheep, and research the world around you.

        September 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • CC

        @Zac. You sir, are an intelligent man.
        I'm only a high school student, but I find the criticisms of Obama in general to be absurd, and the kind of incoherent argumentation from the main post by David. It's really sickening we continue to have these debates and allegations of Obama being a Muslim, or why that's even a bad thing. These kind of comments just perpetuate the ideas that conservatives can't have a leader that is drastically different than themselves. Obama may had not had much experience in the Senate before he ran for President, but he has done a good job thus far. If you look at any economic institution they would tell you that he has had consistent quarters of economic growth in his presidency and has controlled unemployment as a whole. Most of the damage was done to the economy before Obama was to ever take office. In addition, it's absurd to think that any President could have done a better job. The constitution limits the powers of the President and what they can realistically do in office, and especially so with such a partisan House and Senate. I would really like to see any other candidate take over and make these "sweeping" reforms and improve our economy. I wish we could get over this hump of racist political rhetoric about Obama because it reflect poorly upon our country internally and internationally. It's time for us as a nation to grow up and realize that leaders aren't just white Americans.

        September 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • booya

        David ur life is sad.

        September 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • skytag

        God, what an idiot. How does someone get this brainwashed?

        September 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
      • James PDX

        What's amazing is how many of you are actually stupid enough to believe that Obama personally makes out press credentials or is in charge of reviewing them for accuracy. And I'm not supporting Obama here. I'm just pointing out blatant stupidity. Something that a whole bunch of you tried and failed to do yourselves.

        September 30, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • bdgfn

        @CJ – Your CapsLock privileges have been revoked!

        September 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • Jbombelli

        As an extreme right winger, let me just say this, regarding the 57 states comment:

        There are 50 states. Add Washington DC, we get 51. Then, add the following territories: Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana IIslands, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Minor Outlying Islands. That adds up to 57. Now, I am 100% sure Obama was not referring to these territories as part of the 57. If he was, he's still incorrect. They're not states; they're territories.

        Either way, he's an idiot.

        September 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • skytag

        @Jbombelli: "As an extreme right winger, let me just say this, regarding the 57 states comment:"

        As an extreme right winger it's against your principles to be honest when discussing Obama. He never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. Any claim it was anything other than a simple misspeak is clearly an act of dishonesty by someone who is desperate to attack him.

        October 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • The_Mick

        Give me a break. There are not 57 Muslim caliphates – someone on the far-right despicable spread that one knowing there'd be enough hear-what-I-want-to-hear fools who would buy it. There are 57 Democratic Primaries and Caucuses: American Samoa, Guam, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Democrats Abroad, Texas Dem. Caucuses (separate from the Texas Primary), Primaries in the 44 U.S. States and Primaries in the 6 U.S. Commonwealths. Clearly the "57 States" were a mis-speak about those 57 Democratic Contests.

        October 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        @Ruth..............gaff so typical of this brilliant White House and all it's educated people. Can you imagine if this would have been Bush?? Yea, I know, it probably was his fault on this too

        October 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • Drito

        Wow this article sure has attracted the teabaggers. This was obviously the mistake of whatever graphics design firm they hired to do the artwork. Bringing up the 57 states gaffe is really pathetic and shows how far people have to go to try and discredit Obama's intellect.

        October 2, 2011 at 2:56 am |
      • SausageKingofChicago

        Do you think Ruth is actually Sarah Palin posting anonymously?

        October 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • Hi TeaBaggers!

        Not only do you not see the humor in a mistake, you think it is a deception. Perhaps because no one here would notice?Or that certain ideologies are so devoid of substance that their doctrine must found itself on humorous mistakes, made deliberately as hyperbole, of our president (57 States)?

        Interesting how almost no one with a rational mind has written in this post. It seems to me as if Ruth struck a chord with everyone commenting. All the Obama haters, racists, fascists, and the ignorant here are defensively grasping at any fact they can make up to vilify Obama. Such is the behavior of a dying breed of fools who know that soon even their followers will reject their unfounded beliefs. Thankfully, irascible demagogues, like those who have commented here, are quickly ridiculed and rejected for their ignorance.

        October 3, 2011 at 4:31 am |
    • Fred Williams

      Actually it is more than 57. It is 58 or 59. odumby said "I think I've been to 57 of 58 states" and then he followed that up with " I haven't been to Alaska or Hawaii" so heck I'm not sure if there are 57, 58 or 59 states and evidently the "smartest man in the world or any of his adminstration know either". This really is pretty sad.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Dilligas

        Actually, I think the total was 60 states – since he had been to 57 and noted that there was still 1 to go. That's 58. Plus it was noted he was not going to Alaska or Hawaii, so 58 + 2 = 60 states....

        I guess my parents deserve a refund from the local school board and my teachers should be fired - they only let me know that there were 50 states. If anyone can tell me the other 10 and where they are located on a map, it would be appreciated. :)

        September 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Oddities Abound

        Oh, that must be why his birth certificate is from our beautiful island state.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Dave

        What's sad is the pettiness of so many who disingenuously keep bringing up the 57-states thing as if it's anything more than a misstatement, which we've all made. Obviously he knows how many states there are, and obviously he meant to to say "47 states." When you bring this up, rather than making Obama look bad, it just makes you look ridiculous and small-minded. But I guess anyone who would bring this up is small-minded to begin with.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • zonie

        So if he "hasn't been to Hawaii," where WAS he born? The burning question, still unresolved...
        But back to the main issue, remember this is all flyover country anyway. Basic geography is beneath them (pun intended).

        September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • MARCOPOLO34

        SUMMING THIS ALL UP...

        "THE DUMMING DOWN OF AMERICA"

        WE HAVE LOST IT AS A COUNTRY,A REPUBLIC AND A NATION

        PLUS MAN HAS FORGOTEN GOD TOO BOOT

        ENUF SAID.!!!!

        September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • seguin

        Ah, it's small minded now, and just a mistatement, but 5 years ago, if you remember, mistatements were evidence of stupidity, and pointing them out was truth-telling.

        Life is awesome when there's no such thing as objective standards, isn't it?

        September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • Josh S

        If eight years of misstatements and flubbed lines by Bush proved that man's idiocy, Obama should be held to the same exacting standard.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • U.S. Common Sense

        I would expect someone to know there are 50 states before they know that Lexington and Concord are in Massachusetts (not New Hampshire), and yet Bachmann was crucified over that. So, while I don't use this as a defense of Bachmann, you shouldn't excuse Obama for what was more than just a "misstatement."

        September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • tomSERVO

        @Dave

        You are right, the 57 states thing was a comical gaffe after a tiring campaign. While somewhat whimsical, it's doesn't amount to anything more.

        Now the reset button we gave the Russians that Hillary mentioned the Administration worked long and hard on finding the correct Russian word just to mistakenly choose the Russian word for "overcharge" was an example of amateur night on the world stage.

        To be fair though I'm sure you never made fun of any Bush "mispeaks" during his 2 terms.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • SETH

        @ Dave Keep carrying that water man, it must really be getting heavy now lol.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • SideOfBacon

        even if that were true Dave, he is still missing a state. 47 + hawaii + alaska = 49. last I knew this country had 50 states (and 6 territories).

        September 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • Sydney Australia

        only obama thinks he is the smartest person in the US.

        Corpse vs corps during his speech was another jewel given to us from the 'Great One'. Great One my hind end. He is the Great Divider or the Great Deceiver, perhaps the Great Pretender.

        soon he will be the X president.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • John

        It appears that to many who defend the current President that it is okay to excuse him for mistakes while similar mistakes by others continue to be brought up by those defenders of the current President.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • BeauW

        Hey Dave, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool-conservative, but I think you're right that Obama merely mispoke. My problem is this: most Libs that I know actually think Sarah Palin said she could 'see Russia from my front porch' when it was Tina Fey doing a parody that actually said that. What Palin actually said was: "They're our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." T some degree her statement was hyperbole...but it is technically correct. So what's worse, a mispoken phrase being taken as showing ignorance of elementary school geography, or intentionally substituting satire for fact?

        September 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • BeauW

        ...And, oh yeah, for got to put this in: Dave....there are 50 states (and I hope...and think...you know that!) :-)

        September 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • BeauW

        And then again...I wasn't thinking...Obama was referencing being in 47 of the 48 states not including Hawaii and Alaska...So 47 is likely what he meant...Sheesssh!

        September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • Demsvoteblindly

        Dave... So if he misstated like you said and meant to say 47 states, then he was short 1 state. After all he said I have visited 57 states with 1 more to go, Alaska and Hawaii... So that means he mistated and can't count. Maybe he didn't have his thinking box the teleprompter up and running at that time... Either way it it was Bush it would have been front page news, Obama well he can say 57 states with still 1 to go and then name 2 states. Who knows, maybe its the education system in the country he was living in at the time before he came to America and he didn't know any better.

        Is it hard to stay up late at night coming up with your next day excuses for the embarrassment in the White House?

        September 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

        I think you have to translate "57 states" to Austrian to get the full effect.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Darryl

        Okay, so he meant 47. So with just two to go he meant we have 49?

        All those years of making fun of GWB must have been fun for the libs...funny how they can't admit the new guy is no smarter than the old guy.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • Joseph

        @Dave I think it is interesting how so many people get up set when people keep bringing up the 57 state thing, and they say that people should let it go. Many of these people are the same people who always brought up President Bush's many gaffes. The hypocrisy is quite striking. Also this article has to do with a staffer who made the error, not the President himself. People should find this an amusing story to lighten the day, but as always people complain about how any criticism of the president is racism.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • Mike

        Give the guy a break. Everyone knows he is Kenyan. Only citizens and others who care would be up to speed on those things.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
      • Jimmy, Denver WY

        I wish it were a simple "misstatement," Dave, but this isn't something that's easy to misstate - especially when you're running to "rule" over all of the states. I would note that most school kids know how many states there are in the U.S., but I'm reminded that Obama spend most of his formative years in Indonesia and probably never really learned the number.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Nate Whilk

        Dave,

        What's funny is the hypocrisy of so many who disingenuously keep defending Obama's bonehead errors as mere misstatements, which when Bush made them demonstrated how stupid he was, but when Obama, former editor of the Harvard law review, makes them, no problem. When you make these defenses, rather than making Obama look good, it just makes you look hilariously ridiculous and hypocritical. But I guess anyone who would behave this way has been ridiculous and hypocritical for most of his life to begin with.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • MSSouth

        Daven nope, it just makes him look like what he is... A Muslin Marxist that doesn't even try to learn anything about the country he is trying to ruin. Like in "corpsmen'!

        September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Dean

        Dave ..... please skip the sanctimonious bull. You Obama brown nose jobs spent 8 years mocking every thing Bush said. The failed social experiment in the White House has made a lot more stupid gaffs than Bush ever did but the media does not report them . I love his intercontinental railroad and the Navy Corpse man. Not to mention the total fool he makes of himself every time he meets a new head of state. The bows are especially endearing. NOT He's a fool and so is anybody that defends him.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Smitty

        Check out our genius here
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        September 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • Tory

        @Dave..."Obviously he knows how many states there are, and obviously he meant to to say "47 states."

        In what way is this premise obvious? Let me guess...it was "obvious" that he was *fatigued*. If so, then serious consideration needs to be given to Obama's medical and mental status-not that he's been forthcoming with that.

        Consider these apparently "obvious" examples...are we still being disingenuous?

        "...Navy Corpse-Man..."

        "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."

        "I don't know what the term is in Austrian..."

        "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

        "...you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..."

        "I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis." (he was in Kansas City)

        "Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee - which is my committee..." ( no it wasn't)

        "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's."

        "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes - and I see many of them in the audience here today..."

        "It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

        "...But she is a typical white person..."

        "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died - an entire town destroyed." –on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

        ""The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries."

        September 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • ertdfg

        Yes, it's sad that people bring this up, I mean there is nothing else. His speeches both in February and last week clarify that Lincoln built the intercontinental railroad in the middle of a civil war; but we can't let our President make a simple misspeak?

        I mean we built a railroad all the way to another continent... so clearly we can give him a pass on the 57 states thing. Maybe it was just a mistranslation into Austrian.

        September 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Zane

        Dave nailed it! hehe

        September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • Zane

        Nate Whilk nailed it! hehe

        September 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
      • Credenza

        a@Dave – I it grant that 'seems' petty, and if it had been said by John Doe I would agree with you.

        However, it is worse than awful for the President of the United States of America NOT to know how many states he is President of! Sorry, you can't excuse it.

        September 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • corey

        hey dave's right! if you have ever took the time to learn about presidential primaries and elections, or read a book by someone who's run, you know about how they travel around the country extremely rapidly in a very short amount of time and they are exhausted. so if obama said 57 instead of 58, what's the big deal? it's a mistake. why does it mean he's an idiot? have you honestly never made a mistake or misspoken? and don't use the george bush card- george bush made a LOT of mistakes speech-wise and it is understandable why someone would criticize him for that. but to criticize obama for saying 57 instead of 47? ridiculous.

        September 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • Sucks to be a H8TR

        Havin fun with the misstep; the verbal foible? Not a single one of you H8TRs out there have done any amount of public speaking – that's a certainty. But which among you has never made a goof – said "ten thousand" when you meant "ten million"; "Green" when you intended to say "blue"; "day" instead of "night." The problem with HATE – is that you rarely use the same yardstick on yourself that you would apply to others. And some of you even call yourself Christian. Good luck with that.

        September 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • junior

        Just goes to show that Liberalism is a mental disorder.

        September 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
      • Bill in Florida

        FFS! The man misspoke. The fact that you still talk about this years later proves you have nothing important to say.

        Go back to your Faux hole, troll.

        September 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • richard clark

        i thought he was born in hawaii?

        September 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • squirk

        yeah, re: the 57 states thing-In public speaking it is very, very easy to make a goof like that.

        September 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • OldSkoolGuy

        He's the smartest one because he went to Hah-vahd.I mean, if they hire professors like Elizabeth Warren who spew crap like "no one became rich on their own", one can see why OBummer knows nothing.

        September 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
      • Woody

        @Dave - Did you know that Dan Qualyle can't spell potato? Har, har, har!! I bet you got a great laugh out of that. Did you consider yourself "small-minded?"

        What's funny about people on the Left is that they consider themselves intellectually superior and love to ridicule minor mistakes of conservatives, but they are so quick to excuse or blame others for mistakes of their own.

        September 28, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • Paul

        It just goes to show how few misstatements this president makes considering this one gaffe is brought up again and again.

        You guys do remember the weekly, sometimes daily, mumblings of our former POTUS, right? He had entire blogs and websites dedicated to his lack of quality articulation.

        September 28, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • Paul

        It just goes to show how few misstatements this president makes considering this one gaffe is brought up again and again.

        You guys do remember the weekly, sometimes daily, mumblings of our former POTUS, right? He had entire blogs and websites dedicated to his lack of quality articulation....

        September 28, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • steven harnack

        Boy , the mad dogs are sure lucky to have that one thing that they can continue to flog to death, whereas we get bombarded daily with scores of examples to choose from. But, then again, the Republicans can always fall back on that disclaimer,"not intended to be a factual statement".

        September 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • MarineDad05

        Then there was the 'country of Africa', and in Texas, they say 'if you fool me once, you fool me all the time'............... or something along those lines.

        People who voted TWICE for 'President Einstein' should really have the gall to object. For Republicans, if a doorknob seems conservative enough, they would vote it as President.

        September 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • skytag

        You people are pathetic. Seriously.

        September 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
      • bdgfn

        @MARCOPOLO34 – Your Caps Lock privileges have been revoked!

        September 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • skytag

        "Actually it is more than 57. It is 58 or 59. odumby said "I think I've been to 57 of 58 states"

        One has to wonder what's wrong with people who troll around telling endless lies about our president. That's what's truly sad. If his policies were really that bad you wouldn't feel the need to lie constantly.

        October 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • skytag

        @Dave: "What's sad is the pettiness of so many who disingenuously keep bringing up the 57-states thing as if it's anything more than a misstatement, which we've all made. Obviously he knows how many states there are, and obviously he meant to to say "47 states." When you bring this up, rather than making Obama look bad, it just makes you look ridiculous and small-minded. But I guess anyone who would bring this up is small-minded to begin with."

        Exactly. I discern two things from such comments:

        - The poster is clearly so brainwashed to attack Obama it doesn't even matter to him if the attack is utterly ridiculous.

        - Obama must be doing a pretty darn good job if they have to resort to preposterous claim related to a misspeak from over three years ago to attack him.

        Seriously, these people are not right in the head. Rational, reasonable people don't act this way. If Obama's policies were so bad these people wouldn't be this desperate to attack him. This is just sad.

        October 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • Brad

        Mabye he is counting each of the 8 Hawaiian islands along with Puerto Rico and Guam as a state?

        October 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • CFlyJuice

      No....... It's because they speak "Austrian" in Colorado.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • Rickey Roma

        AUSTRIAN? " Well then throw another shrimp on the Barbie!"

        yeah I know.....If you dont get it dont ask.....

        September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Michigan Lady

        ...and travel on the intercontinental railroad.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • Nate

        Maybe he asked a Navy "Corpse Man" how many states there were.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Mike

        Who cares, it's a necessary stop in "flyover country" just to keep up the appearance of giving a rat's a$$ about the common people. You know, those that cling to guns and religion, and the rest of the Constitution. Stupid neanderthals.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • TGD

        The smartest guy in the room. :)

        September 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Colorado#1

        Colorado is not a flyover state.

        September 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • skytag

        @CFlyJuice: "No....... It's because they speak "Austrian" in Colorado."

        Try not being pathetic, which is how you look trying to make Obama look bad with stupid stuff like this. Although the official language of Austria is German, I once heard an Austrian say that it's a form of German that's different enough that calling it "Austrian" is not really a faux pas. But what would someone from Austria know compared to someone on the right who is desperate to make Obama look bad, right?

        October 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Winghunter

      “It also gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them.” -Hitler

      Who is the first person that comes to your mind?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Coasty

      American West? What happened to Arizona and New Mexico? Are they now part of the Central States or have they become part of Mexico? And you ask, why is the White House such a mess? And my answer is, their a bunch of dumb asses.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Don

        pot kettle black.....dumbass, it's they're.

        September 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • DRH

      According to a White House spokesman, "It's, like REALLY HARD to tell the differencxe between the states of North Colorado and South Wyoming."

      September 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

      Nobama had no qualifications for the job. He was elected for being black. The most racist thing of all. For him to say 57 states is really all you needed to know about him. Unamerican..

      September 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • TGD

      All those big square states in fly-over country look the same.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Howard

      HERMAN CAIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012 !!!

      September 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
      • AnneiVan

        Right on, Howard. Electing Kane would put all the lefties' racist remarks to rest. Now, wouldn't that be great?

        September 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Richard

      Easy mistake to make,,,, Who elected CNN all knowing statues!
      P.S. How come no coverage of the Wall.St protests....????

      September 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Pomeria

      Excellent !

      September 28, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Evan

      Chalk it up to leadership. Consider it as "Stupids do as Stupids are."

      September 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • MarineDad05

      @ Brian

      I am as pure an American as they come, and I support the President.

      Do you really know the meaning of democracy? If so, let us know, and don't insult Americans.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Chumlee(the real one)

      Typical Tea Party crap.

      I guarantee if all the flubs Obama has made were added up, the total wouldn't come at all close to Ws.

      Suck on that Tealiban!

      September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Coug9

      If this had been George W. Bush.........liberal commentators on the radio, and even those on the television news, would have ostracised him!!!! President Obama has demonstrated over and over again, his complete lack of competence. This is not an example........though it is obvious how the lefty media would have jumped all over this. had it been W.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Grate Saytin

      We'll stop reminding everyone about his geography if libs stop blaming Bush. Ps, I'm reporting all you anti-obummers to His spy website!

      October 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Ya No

      Frank La MY: I really, really hope you're kidding.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:52 am |
    • Get Real

      I believe when Obama said," We've been to 57 states, so far..." He meant that they had been to some states more than once.
      Duhhh!!!

      October 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Wow, hard hitting journalism! Looks like you don't know basic journalism skills actually.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Don

      If it were a Bush White House mistake this would be the lead line on Headline News, Hardball with Chris Mathews and the feature story in the NYT! Obama and his staff are a bunch of community organizing amateurs.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • Dave

        You know full well that the difference is the legion of gaffes and all the mangled English by Bush. Yes, this is embarrassing. But it's not "misunderestimate", "is our children learning", etc.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • Yehudah

        I love the pathetic knee jerk fall back "Obama's mistakes are nothing compared to Bush." Open your eyes. Obama has made more gaffes, and more serious ones at that, than Bachmann or Bush. Yet tBachmann and Bush are supposed to be dumb? Obama wishes he had half their brians, then he could figure out why his presidency is an historic failure.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • Steve

        So Dave, tell us about this intercontinental railroad Obama was talking about the other day...where is this 8th wonder of the world he mentions...glass house buddy, glass house.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Josh S

        The difference was that Bush is a Republican. Since everyone knows Republicans are stupid, when they misspeak, it confirms what we already know. Since everyone know Democrats are all brilliant, when they misspeak, it's a simple mistake that no one should pay attention to.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • tomSERVO

        @Dave.

        – Navy "corpseman" Christian Brossard
        – "our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes - and I see many of them in the audience here today."
        – Using Fedex and UPS successes versus the government-run USPS being abysmal in trying to push government healthcare control.
        – The Cambridge police and their acting "stupidly" after mentioning he knew none of the facts of the case.

        Now granted Bush does have a nice list of his own to match, but Obama is no stranger to weird mispeaks too, Also remember you are looking at 8 years of Bush versus Obama's 2 1/2.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Neal

        It appears that you are prepared absolve Obama for every mistake, and crucify GWB for each of his mistakes. Do absolve His Oneness for these mistakes: 1) Trebling the deficit. 2) Health care reform that makes care both more expensive and less timely. 3) Lower real incomes 4) Higher poverty rate 5) Lower credit worthiness 6) Higher inflation 7) More food stamp dependency 8) Higher unemployment

        September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Neal

        Hmmm... It appears the numeral 8 followed by an close parenthesis mark is interpreted as a smiley by this site.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • TGD

        You know it. And Letterman would do a top 10 on "States that GWB doesn't recognize"

        September 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • EGB1

      Oh, lighten up. Not every article has to be a cancer hospital.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • Carol Heinick

        Exactly! Thank you!

        September 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Rusino

        Dave, At 2:07 you said obviously Obama meant to say "47" States. In that case he would have been WRONG AGAIN!

        September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Vegas Rebel

      You are a fool... one who most probably reads the NYT.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • Nunya Bitness

        Who be da fool? I pity the fool.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Darrell

      Yeah! Real journalists only post stuff that vindicates my prejudices. Otherwise, it's "biased".

      September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Dean

    It looks like someone at CNN needs to brush up on their grammar.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Nikki

      As well as geometry - neither Wyoming nor Colorado is square.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • BZBGRAN

        They didn't say "square"~

        September 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • Jim

        The term rectangular was used, not square. Interesting how when there is no argument those opposed to the general argument (in this case it's that the Obama administration screwed something else up) will find some sort of silly argument, such as grammar, rather than address the points made in the article.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
      • Rex

        The story didn't say square. Rectangular.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
      • bob

        They said rectangular, not square. There is a difference.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • Red Herring

        Another one.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • TheyDidSaySquareOriginally

        You guys missed it. First it said "square", then it said "recrtangular", and then they finally fixed it to say "rectangular".
        To the author: Scrub much w/o admitting it?

        September 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
      • Fred

        The original post said square you dumbshits, they changed it after they got all the comments. If you want to see a screen print, let me know.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • MDWhite

        No. Perhaps you need to brush on your ability to read....look at the story again. Can't you tell the difference between "square" and "rectangular?"

        September 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • julie

        Wyoming is rectangular and Colorado has the uper right corner notched out by Wyoming, so that makes it not rectangular. The other rectangular state below Wyoming is Nebraska.

        September 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • dudefromnebraska

        julie

        Wyoming is rectangular and Colorado has the uper right corner notched out by Wyoming, so that makes it not rectangular. The other rectangular state below Wyoming is Nebraska.

        WHAT??? You've got your map turned sideways again... Nebraska is east of Wyoming. And Nebraska is only rectangular until you get to the Missouri River. And it's Nebraska that is "notched out" by Colorado.

        Doesn't anyone teach GEOGRAPHY anymore?

        September 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • bojosatchmo

      Why? Where is the gramatical error? Just curious.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • Laurie

        Can't use the plural 'their' with the singular 'someone'. One could use 'someone should brush up on his or her geography'.

        September 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • staciacnn

        Good point! Thanks!

        September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • Bill S

        You cannot use the plural "their" with the singular "someone" grammatically but the only other options are he/she or s/he and those re not politically correct. Our grammar rules need to be changed to fit the politics. The politics of grammar!

        September 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • sdlatl

        That grammatical battle has long since been lost. Proper grammar calls for using "his" as the neuter or indefinite form, but "their" has been the accepted, politically correct (though still grammatically incorrect) form for 25 years now. "His or her" is just too cumbersome. The plural "their" grates on my ears every time I hear it, but sadly it's here to stay.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
      • The G Report

        Laurie,

        Your first sentence contains no subject.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Ian

        I don't see the word "their" in the article, but the last sentence begins with "but", which is a grammatical no no.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • Dr. Dave

        I was appalled several years ago to see that Strunk and White allowed the plural "their" in this case. They did it to avoid the non-PC, but grammatically correct, "his". Everyone should realize that PC trumps nearly every other rule.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • Nunya Bitness

        C'mon. It is perfect grammar in Ebonics.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Nunya Bitness

        SDLATL has it right. I teach ESL. Sometimes the rules do not apply, and majority rules. When you use their, it gives it a bit of tongue- in- cheek sarcasm.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Demolition Man

        If "their" has been the accepted indefinite singular form for 25 years, then it is grammatically correct by definition. Grammar is not prescribed, but rather described. I say folks need to learn how language operates in reality before they allow things like this to "grate" on their ears.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Michael Langford

      The story is that the White House's staff needs to brush up on Geography. That is newsworthy, as he represents POTUS. The CNN reporter's grammer, however, is not newsworthy, and is therefore not the story. Analysis of events remains sharper if we remain on track.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Francesca

        That would be grammAR.

        September 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • Hughes Larabee

        Bill S

        You cannot use the plural "their" with the singular "someone" grammatically but the only other options are he/she or s/he and those re not politically correct. Our grammar rules need to be changed to fit the politics. The politics of grammar!

        OR IN THE CASE OF CHAZ BONO...."iT'S"

        September 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

        September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • Ernie G

        Skitt's Law: "Any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself."

        September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Dennis

      Dean

      Grammar Alert!!

      If you are going to criticize someone's grammar, you need to make sure yours is correct. "someone" is singular whereas "their" is plural. I agree with your point, but not your use of the English language.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • Ruths-a-twit

        Gee and I thought it was "someones"........

        September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • liianmustat

        Why is everyone talking about grammar? She's been dead for years.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Andy

        Yours should be your's.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Chemiker

      Speaking of grammar: Your response shows you have a problem with grammar yourself. In your sentence, the subject "someone" is singular, but the matching adjective "their'" is plural. The proper word would be "his", as in:

      Someone needs to brush up on *his* grammar.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • Tom

        Grammatically, you're correct. Politically, however, "their" is the accepted neutral adjective. The use of "his" would be viewed as politically incorrect as it would be sexist, though grammatically it would be intended as neuter in this instance. The use of "her" could be construed by some as politically correct, however, as it does not invoke the male as, we all know, only males can be sexist. Therefore, you can define this sentence structure as being grammatically incorrect but politically correct.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Hugo

      Dean, you may just have to brush up on your own. "Someone," a singular subject, needs "His" or "Her" as the possesive before "Grammar."

      September 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • Hugo

        Sorry, POSSESSIVE.

        September 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Chris

      As well as spelling: "To be fair, both states are recrtangular,"'

      September 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
      • KellyGeographer

        Actually, neither state is truly rectangular. Lines of longitude get farther apart as you go south (in the northern hemisphere), hence the southern border of each state is slightly longer than the northern border. Quadrangle, anyone?

        September 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Polis

        That's not the reason why the states aren't perfect rectangles. The only way the argument of widening space between longitudinal lines would make sense is if the state shapes were drawn on longitudinal axis. Instead, the states were plotted measuring actual distance on the ground and any errors in such a large area were the results of surveying errors not a problem with projection of a globe onto a flat surface.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Mike

      Looks like you do, too. "Someone" and "their" are not in agreement.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • conservative1

      On his or her grammar?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • conservative1

        Boy, I'm not correcting anyone again - unless I'm wearing my bullet-proof vest.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      It appears someone should hone their manners and not comment about another person's grammar errors.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • conservative1

        Oh Jean, it's all in good fun. Have a nice day.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Al Hunt

      It appears that someone at CNN needs to brush up on HIS grammar.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Ricardo Queso

      He needs to brush up on his employer's mission statement to only promote Liberalism in a positive light, too.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • don ob

      Actually, Dean, it should be his or her grammar, because someone is singular.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Teach

      "Someone" cannot be "they".

      September 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Jim M

      People are so uptight about grammar. I think I'm going to run around in my underwear to protest. Oops, that was another story.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems never check the accuracy of anything.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Former Dem

      dems know accuracy does not work for their agenda of lies and propaganda .............. just ask obama ............. as he whines about the Real Americans and how everything he has done bad is reaaaaallllly Pres Bush's fault

      September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Leah

      Really? Are you that ignorant to broadly state that "Dems" never do their homework? You are the reason this country is in the shape it is in. Perhaps you need to stop pointing fingers and look in the mirror and ask yourself how you can help solve the problem instead of acting like it is one party or the other who causes it. I know – novel idea, right? That would require you getting your butt off the couch and turning off The Jersey Shore, but you don't want to do that, do you? You just want to sit around and whine and complain while NOTHING in this country gets better. And if you think the "Reps" are going to make it all better – - – - then that just makes me laugh. You are a sorry excuse for a 'citizen.'

      September 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Jeff R

      Unless it's how to spell potato

      September 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  5. soopermexican

    the Great Anonymous American West!

    September 27, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • aztec7

      Yeah. Remember when Mexico owned it for 27 years?

      September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • Wade

        Remember when Spain owned it for 300 years?

        September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • SETH

        Yeah and then they got punk slapped and it became part of America, get over it.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  6. XtianNation

    More proof that Godless LIEberals are idiots!!! LOL!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Leah

      If that's not the pot calling the kettle black, then I don't know what is. Godless liberals? Sounds like words spoken by an ignorant, unintelligent IDIOT. Take your freakshow to the backwoods, and let the rest of us try to have an honest dialogue.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Sucks to be a H8TR

      Yo bud, better check that plank in your eye (Matt 7:3-5).

      September 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  7. spoutinghorn

    George W. Bush is sooo stupid!

    September 27, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Mike

      But had an education that he didn't hide like Dumbama, and we know who paid for that. George could get a Security Clearance and fly an F-102 Interceptor for the USAF. Dumb people don't get to fly and stay alive. Then do over four years of National Guard Service in just over 2 years. He had the points, Dumbama could have never gotten a security clearance as an E-1 enlisted GI let alone as an office because of the dumb choices in friends he has made in his past. Plus his having passports from more then one country.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Jim

      Where did you get your undergrad? How about that MBA? You flew jet fighter aircraft? When was the last time you owned a major league baseball team? You wouldn't know smart if it bit you on the ass and called itself Obama.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Joe

      idiot Obama thinks thers 57 states
      that what happens when you vote Affirmative action

      September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • MDWhite

      Yeah...uh-huh. Yale grad. Harvard MBA, Qualified jet fighter pilot. Successful governor and businessman. And you, twinkie? BTW: When are you planning to move out of your mommy's basement?

      September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • phil

      Is that the best you can do, Nutbag?

      September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  8. Woody – Independent Voter

    This is not important.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Peted

      The lack of knowledge from people who influence decisions vital to this country is important! If they are ignorant boobs, they should be cleaned out of the White House!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Marie

      I guess it's only important if you live in Colorado or Wyoming! LOL!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • minfxbg

        Not really. More important things to do, such as trying to keep my job. Laramie, WY isn't that big and jobs are scarce.

        September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • phil

        I doubt they really care, assuming of course people in Wyoming and Colorado are of average intelligence and possess some shred of common sense. But . . . I could be wrong.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Whitey

      You are irrelevant.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • phil

        Good comment, Whitey. Short, to the point. As well as off base and bordering on the moronic.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Bill S

      We know Colorado is a blue state. Is Wyoming also a blue state ?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • al

        Colorado was allways a red state until we got californeated

        September 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Carol Heinick

      Amen!

      September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  9. Norm Shields

    Colorado, Wyoming, whatever. Didn't the Dens say that along with Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, that they were just flyover states??

    September 27, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well now...Since CNN thought this was such a newsworthy story, I suppose I could thank you for validating the importance of the basic IDEA of 'No Child Left Behind'. Yes, it DOES need re-implementing and restructuring, but the basic intent of the program was good. In some small way, it forced Americas' 'spotlight holder' to shine that big flood-light on education! Why are so many people attacking it? It was Mrs Bushs' idea, one that I agreed with and I thank you Mr President for attempting to revamp it.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • C-Lo

      Liz–first it doesn't look like my response a while back cleared the moderator for some unknown reason. Wanted to let you know that my "seemed concern" for you and your family is genuine. Though we have differences in opinion, I have seen first hand the ravages on a family dealing with Alzheimer's/dementia and it's not good.

      Second, wanted to understand your position that Ron Paul and Obama were similar and should be on a ticket together...very strange to me, as I think they (along with the rest of us) have MANY of the same concerns, but their solutions are, in my opinion, polar opposites. What are your views that they are similar?

      Last, re this post, will you have the same opinion in 5-10 years when republicans look to re-implement/restructure the Health Care act, assuming it survives the SCOTUS next year?

      September 27, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Joe

      You mean take credit for it

      Obama's a slime ball takes credit for good and blames others for Bad
      A pure snakeoil salesman

      September 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  11. largebill

    Actually, those two states are rectangular not square. Regardless, this error like the hundreds of other little and large ones made by this administration show a degree of incompetence not expected at the presidential level. This whole crowd is unready for prime time.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • staciacnn

      Good point! Changed!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Dilligas

        If you edited it, you should note it as edited.

        Otherwise, you will continue to get the comments both above and below from someone saying "square" and some other person accusing them of "creative rewriting" (or worse) for the commenter's benefit.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • yo

      Actually, they aren't rectangles either – may look like it on a map, but curvature of the earth makes northern border shorter than the southern (follow lat longs – it's a survey thing)

      September 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      I've been reading these comments for about 15 minutes. Some are thoughtful. Some not. Almost all seem to have been written by 14-16 (age group) and must be entertaining to that group...but not very useful.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  12. redacted

    Smartest. Administration. Evah!

    Oh, and puhleez raise my taxes!

    September 27, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Joe

      you mean biggist idiots ever

      September 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  13. PEC

    Obama is responsible for everything his staff does, so don't say his press office. Of course being this is the same person that thought there was 57 States nobody should be shocked that he is an idiot on Geography.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Mike in Cinci

      Give the man a break. When we were studying US history, government and geography, he was in....Indonesia.

      Maybe when he is in Colorado (or Wyoming, whatever), he can see where they drove in the silver nail in the intercontental railway. =)

      September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • Casual Observer

        The golden spike of which you speak is actually in Utah.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • H. E. Vincent

        Hey mike in cinci- That was a staple and it was made of platinum and had a hand made box of m'pingo to be carried in.
        One serious b*tch of a stapler too, especially since they were only made 83 years later in state # 57.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  14. Boomer in Mo

    Both states are located in the fly-over portion of the country. No one in Washington, D.C. really knows where they are, anything about them or how people who live in them earn their livings. The national media are not much better and may be worse. After all, CNN's theory is if a bridge is in a rural area, it is not needed (I guess were are just supposed to drive the ox team down to the ford). How the heck to you morons think you get your food, the lumber for your McMansions and even some of your fuel. It passes over those rural bridges, even the rickety ones CNN hates. By the way, the bridge n Tuscumbia, MO, (population 125/2,700 vehicles a day) is done. We love it, even if CNN hates that first stimulus project in the nation. We have been stimulated by the lack of accidents and lack of terror crossing that bridge daily. Lots of money was wasted in the stimulus package, but not the $9 million spent in Tuscumbia, MO.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  15. Keith

    "To be fair, both states are square..." To be fair?? Had this been Bush or Dan Quayle, you guys would have treated this story as proof of the incompetence of Republicans. When it fact, it is our current president that is one of the most incompetent, inept people ever to be in ANY office in Washington. Maybe he just confused the square states with one of the other of our 57 states.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Leah

      Hey, Keith – it was the previous administration that put the U.S. in the situation it is in. The current administration got handed a disaster. Anybody who wants to take credit for or blame either Dems or Reps doesn't know the first thing about government. If you think it is possible for one president in a four year span to undo what has been done – think again. Stop with all the divisiveness and instead figure out how to work on a solution. And I'll give you a hint – - – the 'solution' doesn't involve kicking out the Dems and putting in the Reps.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  16. MikeB in CO

    Why is Colorado so windy? Because Kansas sucks and Utah blows.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • nyyfan

      Lolololol!!

      September 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  17. Almighty

    If Sarah Palin created that it would be top of the hour news for days.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • JustAGuy

      You are correct. Palin Derangement Syndrome is alive and well.

      Heck, heard about how a guy tried to pick a fight with her daughter in L.A. last week. And none of the "men" who were there thought to take up for the female being harrassed by a jerk.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Leah

      The fact that you even speak that woman's name in some sort of political argument shows your mental capacity. She's not even qualified to be the next Bachelorette, let alone ANY type of govt. figure. The Miss Universe pageant was 2 weeks ago. Sorry she missed it. She really could have affected change in that realm.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  18. PanhandleWilly

    In the words of Nancy Pelosi: "We have to visit these states to see where they are and what's in them."

    September 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Marj

      Oh PanhandleWilly, that is just hilarious!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • dwt

      I actually don't accept that this is anything but honest and neutral observation–even if the quote is genuine. Look at a voting map. Red states are the South and the not-so-urban middle. The flipside of Pelosi is the (very real) fact of the Republicans who have limited experience of places outside where they've lived. Look at Palin: the woman didn't even have a Passport until she was named a VP candidate.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  19. Michael Markowitz

    Neither state is square. They are both rectangular.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • DRH

      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/square

      Defn #4 – 'bama thibnk of the US as a game board.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Jim Thomas

      How 'bout we just call them quadrilaterals or polygons and call it even?

      September 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  20. Scuff

    This obviously validates global warming...how else can you explain 2 states switching locations!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • icedtea4ever

      Now THAT is profound, lol.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  21. crypticguise

    Please ALSO note that the state outlines as shown are NOT correct. Where did they get this graphic?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  22. Jimmy, Denver WY

    Considering Obama claims to have visited 57 of 60 states, this isn't surprising.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  23. Mark

    Uh, Wyoming is not "square."

    September 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  24. Peted

    Ha,ha,ha, ha!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  25. Socialist Pig

    Who needs geography when we have Affirmative Action?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Leah

      Who needs Affirmative Action when we have bigots and racists like you crawling the earth? We all do. If you think Obama is the President because of Affirmative Action, then you don't have a clue what Affirmative Action is. He was voted in by the people. I'm sorry you don't agree with the majority and instead use your hate to build your weak case.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  26. minfxbg

    and so is Iowa, Kansas, South and North Dakota, Arizona...duh
    at least they figured out that he was west of the Mississippi.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  27. name

    Not a story this is Obama. If this was Bsuh he would be the biggest idiot in the world and the press would be covering it as a lead story. Thank god we don't are not critica;l of the current administration, could you imagine how foolish they would look if they we actually scrutinized like Bush was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Leah

      Does Obama have entire calendars of 365 days of the stupid things that have come out of his mouth? No. Because it's rare....unlike the ramblings of George W. Bush. Bush made at least 10 of these mistakes on a daily basis. The media wasn't out to get him. They just reported on what he said. It's too bad that the media or the American public wasn't willing to dumb themselves down and just let him get away with it.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  28. phillywalt

    There is nothing wrong with this or the President saying he's visited all 57 states during his campaign. As long as he or they don't do something really stupid like putting an "E" at the end of Potato

    September 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Californian7

      Or capitalizing it.....

      September 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  29. Everyone knows

    It's Bush's Fault!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  30. Justin

    The shapes of Colorado and Wyoming are rectangles not squares. CNN needs to brush up on their eyesight.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      Read the article the journalist didn't say "square".

      September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Phil

        It was changed after they got busted by a few posters. I thought they needed to show a correction when they did that.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      Read the article the journalist said "rectangular".

      September 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • C-Lo

        That's becuase she changed it...
        staciacnn

        Good point! Thanks!

        September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm |

        And not that I'm faulting her, as the western states have long been referred to as "the square states."

        September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  31. Pup

    The dummies that support Obama won't know the difference and I bet a great many couldn't find their own state on a map, let alone Colorado.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  32. GEL

    If Bush was president, this would be front page news for a week. I can see where the confusion came from. This administration thinks there are 57 states so why would we think they know where they all are?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  33. glenp

    I had to brush up on OBUMBLES' "57 states" geography man i'ts tough finding them all

    September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  34. Edgar Friendly

    Those are the states where the jews...errr...janitors ride on the trans-continental railroad I betcha.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • AnneiVan

      That was so hilarious!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  35. BigBoa

    How funny to see you knumbknutted marxists claim this isn't important. If it was Bush, you'd claim it was reason to remove him from office. We'd have news reports breaking in asking if there's "something wrong" with the president, etc.....

    September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  36. CoyoteBlue

    Square States Rule!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Nanuq

      Everybody knows it's Hip to be Square.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  37. Eagle35

    Yes, Woody it is not important because a liberal Democratic administration made the gaffe. If it were a Repubilican administration it would be 24/7 ridicule from all liberal news outlets.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  38. sils

    No, no, no. Had a Republican done this, it would have been a huge mistake that proves conclusively that they are all morons. Since it wasn't... move on... nothing to see here. Not to mention that pointing out the mistake makes you a racist.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Steve

      If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you are not a racist, PLEASE in 2012 vote for someone else to prove you not an idiot!!!!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • sils

        lol, I guess my sarcasm wasn't as obvious as I thought...

        September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  39. Nanuq

    Correction, that's now The State Formerly Known As Wyoming. Executive Order #3,517,406,225,103,001,327 was just signed to correct the non-error. We just didn't understand the nuance, we poor, ignorant, misguided, uneducated conservative fools. How dare we?!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  40. Deep Valley

    Uhh....Did we give Arizona and New Mexico away as well?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Quarter Cherokee

      Yeah, I wondered where Arizona and New Mexico got off. I guess I can pull out my old 48 star flag and fly it on Columbus Day. Ya think?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  41. Justin, the classical liberal

    Just wait for it, no really, that's Colorado, and it's Bush's fault. And to Liz, NCLB does nothing to raise the bar in education, the best thing we could do to help our young people is to make schools and teachers accountable to the parents, not the federal government. Lest ye forget, the department of education didn't exist until Jimmy Carter, and prior to that education in this country was pretty good comparatively speaking. The answer is less government, not more.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  42. Lori

    What about all the other gaffes that Obama has been personally delivering? Oh... that's right... can't cover those!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Eagle35

      What's the problem? At least Obama is trying to make sure the rich pay the same tax rate as "Jews..... I mean janitors!" What a maroon!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
      • ronam46

        If it weren't for the rich, idiots like you couldn't draw unemployment and welfare.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Queen Hotchibobo

        Ronam46, I guess you missed one of the earlier-this-week gaffes. Obambi was giving his sock-it-to-the-rich speech and got mixed up and said "Jews". He corrected himself quickly, but that wouldn't have slipped out of his mouth if it wasn't in his head during all his class envy speeches.

        September 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  43. TW Lewis

    Its OK, obama thinks we have 58 states so he wont figure this one out for a long time.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  44. snapper

    With 57 states it's easy to get confused -

    September 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  45. CSX

    This is not news. But Colorado is the 57th State.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  46. northcoast

    Has anyone mentioned that the states are actually rectangular? Somebody just failed geometry.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Nanuq

      Why visit Colorado instead of Wyoming? Is it because "Colorado" sounds more Hispanic?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  47. toledofan

    So, did they at least spell potato correctly? I hope so, because, that, was really a big embarassment a couple of years ago for dan Qualye. We sure wouldn't want any double standards out there. Maybe someone got confussed and thought the map maker just made a mistake and the states should have been reversed rto begin with, what the heck it would just take an executive order to tell everyone that lives in Colorado that now you live in Wyoming, what's the big deal.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  48. LoudPolitics (on twitter)

    Anyone else notice that Obama has basically ignored the entire central states (plains states). Is this the fact they have little impact on elections anymore (although I'm not 100% sure that is a solid argument). But still, someone correct me if I'm wrong and show me when and where he's spent anytime in the central string of states (TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND)?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Jim

      We in the central states are happy that he has not been here. Keep the idiot away. Take the money he would spend on travel and vacations to reduce the deficit. The best place for him would be for him to resign his office and go back under the rock in his Chicago hood where he crawled out from.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  49. Paragon

    What you get from an Affirmative Action White House

    September 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  50. Just Wow

    Liz Carter, you're saying BHO's incompetent staff is helpful to spotlight how bad education is today? Not needed. Team Obama's stunning, epic, truly breathtaking economic incompetence does it every day! This article isn't important, but it's funny (unless a Republican does it, then it would be both important and sad...)

    September 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  51. Rand Collins

    Do they cling to their "Gods and guns" in Coloroming?? Or is Wyomada???

    September 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Yes we do...went skeet shooting after Church last Sunday. Ready for the Canadians (geese). Will pray over him (the goose) at my dinner table.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  52. richhenk

    My problem is why are AZ and NM not on the map, even in blue? Oh that's right, our drug cartel neighbors to the south have taken them over.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • retepy

      With taxpayer bought weapons supplied to them by our government.
      Throw all of their lousy a**es in jail!!!

      September 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  53. MadreDeDiorama

    They must have gotten things confused with the states where Muslims have always been a part of our rich constitutional heritage.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  54. Jimbo

    I'm surprised the reporters at CNN knew enough to catch this, I though they were still in ecstasy from the Obama thrill running up and down their leg.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  55. Steve

    Yes, as a third grade teacher, I concur that the White House needs a geography review. Likewise, based on this article, CNN needs a geometry review. Both Wyoming and Colorado are rectangular, not square.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  56. iiRightii

    Man that George Bush is such an... What? its Obama?
    Ahh, Just an honest mistake by some low level staffer in the Press Office...

    Actually it's quite shocking that CNN even covered this.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  57. Jim

    It is Bush's fault. lol

    What do you expect from a government union worker? They are not paid to either think or do anything right. They are there to pay their union dues so that more Dems can get elected.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  58. nifty

    If Bush's administration had done this it would have been proof of their lack of education, but when a liberal administration does it just ticks liberal people off as a non-story that doesnt help them attack the conservatives for being stupid. You look for and only believe the data that supports the impression you agree with.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  59. larry

    obama underlings don't do math or geometry or geography... no surprise...

    September 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • mellers

      Don't forget economics... they certainly all failed Economics 101.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  60. 1WorldTrader

    Did anybody else notice the other gaff? They left Arizona and New Mexico off of this "American West" map.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  61. PoliticalPlot.com

    Did the Intercontinental Railroad go through Wyoming or Colorado? Or neither? Besides they don't teach no geography stuff in Chicago no mo'. How you supposed to know the states if they ain't got no name on them? Jus' sayin'.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  62. Fred Buse

    "To be fair, both states are square,"

    Failing geometry also. I'd say both states are rectangular.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  63. Ebenezer

    To be slavishly technical about it: WY and CO are neither square nor rectangular. They are spherical surfaces with parallels for their horizontal borders, and meridians for their vertical borders. The northern borders are shorter than their southern borders and there are no 90 degree angles.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  64. Mark E

    come on people, lighten up on The Light Worker

    Its not like America is his home country (ask his wife) or he would have learned US Geograph while he was attending madrassa in Indonesia

    September 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  65. Dan L

    Maybe it was those 57 states that Obama visits during his campaigning that confused them.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  66. Justin

    I blame ronald reagan

    September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  67. Richard

    I am NOT SURPRISED! After all, both states in question represent FLY OVER country..(we all know how much the DEMS care about that.) I just wish POTUS was going to Wichita too, throwing KANSAS in the mix would have TOTALLY Scrwed them up!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • BT

      Cared enough about Colorado to hold the 2008 convention there...Sounds like Denver got used.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Not true, the Dem's got used in getting Denver put on the map–The RIGHT map!

        September 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  68. Random thesis

    To be completely accurate, Wyoming and Colorado aren't a rectangle either. A rectangle describes a planar shape. Since both states follow the lines of longitude, they are slightly narrower at the top than at the bottom. Since they lie on a sphere (well almost a sphere) they also have a curvature.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Nanuq

      Here's an entertainment possibility: try to explain the difference between a Great Circle and a Rhumb Line to this administration.

      Pop! Pop! Pop! Liberal heads exploding.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • retepy

      Wow...you are so smart!
      It must be really great to be you.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  69. TOM

    There goes Mr. square peg in a round hole Ii Ii iiii iiiiiiiiiiiii

    September 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  70. trek

    Wow, Colorado was important enough for the Dems to hold the 2008 convention in Denver. Too bad they can't pick it off a map...

    September 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  71. CerpherJoe

    Not to defend these dufuses, but who knew Wyoming was a rectangle?

    September 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • H. E. Vincent

      Anyone that ever had Geography or Social Studies in grade school.
      Oops! I'm sorry- modern schools quit teaching those things about 24 years ago.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  72. SmartestManOnEarth

    Are any of these cities stops on Obama's intercontinental railroad?

    September 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  73. Jose

    This isn't the only geographic error. To include Oregon and Washington in a definition of the "west" and NOT include Arizona and New Mexico is also wrong. If you're calling Wyoming and Colorado part of the West, you really have to include AZ and NM.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Thinks2010

      I noticed and wondered about that too.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  74. Jim in Houston

    Must be the product of one of OweBlamer's public schools.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  75. Anonymous

    President is a proper noun and should be capitalized. Maybe the journalists went to the same public skool as the WH staff.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Cheeseburger

      With this president, it's not necessary. Skool's out.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Boomer in Mo

      Actually, president should be capitalized only if it is used as the title of the office holder, before his or her name, or if you are referring to the President of the United States without using his or her name. We don't capitalize president if we are talking about the leader of another country unless it is the title before their name.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  76. AzHitman

    Here is a clip from Obama's last speech in which he admitted to be addicted to the working American citizens tax payer's hard earned money.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  77. joeamerican

    Emperor Huessein Obama's staff is almost as competant as Huessein himself!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  78. SONOTALIBERAL

    Once again, this administration shows how inept and careless it is. While this may appear to be a small error (it is not, given the publicity the ad was intended to garner) it is one more nail in the democrat's proverbial "coffin" No one wants stupid, inept, negligent, careless people running the show, anywhere. Voting them out in 2012!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  79. Anybody but Obama

    Its obviously Bush's fault!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  80. Bryan

    This is how democrats see America....... There's California, New York and a bunch of meaningless, insignificant states inbetween. 58 of them total at last count.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  81. Susan

    its amazing that CNN change its article (correct grammar etc) after reading the comments.
    Keep it real CNN.
    (I am sure my comments won't be published)

    September 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  82. 3rd Grader

    Since when is it grammatically correct to start a sentence with the word 'but'? CNN should send some of their so-called journalists and (cough) editors back to the 3rd grade. Perhaps then they will have enough merit to critique such things as geography skills. Doubtful...

    September 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  83. wiki reader

    Actually, Wyoming is "a latitude-longitude quadrangle" - "from the east to the west border is 365 miles (587 km) at its south end and 342 miles (550 km) at the north end."

    September 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  84. joeamerican

    Maybe Obowma is creating 7 more states in order to import more illegal alien voters for the election.........so his voters can vote themselves benefits paid by other peoples $

    September 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  85. Bawanna

    White House fails at a whole lot more than just geography.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  86. p

    Just look who the moron has surrounded himself with........

    September 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  87. Harpotoo

    The guy who did it was one of those $200,000 per Job created people. Another fine investment of Tax Payer monies!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  88. joeamerican

    Why isnt CNN reporting on ANY of Barry's many gaffes? Answer – liberalism is a menatal disorder! When the teleprompter isnt working, Barry doesnt seem quite so smart.........

    September 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Jason

      They don't have that kind of time....I notice they didn't show the UN photo where he's got his hand up in front of someone's face.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Ruth

      you should talk to the birds. people of little brains can only see faults. Intelligence is not your cup of tea. PEOPLE OF LITTLE OR NO BRAINS.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • joeamerican

        Ruth, how did Barry get into Harvard, after flunking out of Columbia? Can you please explain that Ruth? Why cant we get access to his grades Ruth? Who paid for Barry's education Ruth? We know that he didnt.....wasn't it a rich friend from the middle east? President Telepromter, as liberals and progressives would have us believe, the great orator of our time? I like it when he is talking to a black audience, he starts leavin off the g's.........

        September 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • Rob

        Wait, I'm confused: Are you signing your statement as "PEOPLE OF LITTLE OR NO BRAINS" ?

        If so, I agree with you.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Chemiker

        Yes, dear. And in wartime those who recognize faults and problems are called something else: SURVIVORS!

        Your President is an amateur, beyond his depth. He needs no enemies, just a public that recognizes that he's not up to this job. BTW: MY IQ is either 133 or 155 (depending on the test), I blew the top off the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), so much so that I was investigated for possible cheating. I completed my masters and would have made the PhD if my research topic had been better designed (it was assigned me). I do not consider myself to be small-brained. If I did, I would be a Democrat.

        September 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  89. AtlasObjectivist

    This administration is a constant fail.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  90. Guido

    Could it be the same people who forged this BUM'S birth certificate?

    September 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  91. JWalk

    Did Obama really ever say that he had not been to Hawaii? I thought he was born there? JWalker

    September 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  92. Buck O'Fama

    That DUH WON and his minions don't know their @ sses from a hole in the ground is common knowledge among us "reglar folk", the fact that the lamestream is just noticing is priceless. 2012, man is that going to be fun.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  93. Jason

    "To be fair, both states are rectangular, nearly identical in size, and stacked next to each other"

    I hope that's a joke...

    September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  94. Eric

    LIke the Weird Al song: "I sued Verizon, cause I get depressed when my cell phone is roaming. I sued Colorado, cause it looks a bit too much like Wyoming!"

    September 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  95. kimdi01

    Wasn't it just this past week that the Obama White House came out against the "No child left behind" program because union teachers were finding it too hard to teach? See what happenes when you dumb down the basic requirements because union teachers are too busy raising money for political contributions and demonstrating against state legislation rather than teaching. Why don't you dumb down the system more. Make teachers bcomee baby sitters rather than teachers, but then wouldn't you have to form a new union to cover than?

    September 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Tito Bananas

      This is the typical talking point of the uninformed right wing talk radio listener. You have no clue as to why teachers protest NCLB. You do not work in the education field, and you do not know from first hand experience how this system that your patron saint Bush established is actually hurting our system. Somebody painted for you a picture with stick figures that portrays all teachers as lazy, money and power hungry individuals who do not care for the children and who just want to make life easier for themselves... and you bought it, because you are not critical enough to actually look at facts. I can honestly tell you that you do not know what you are talking about. As far as baby-sitters go, well, they actually make MORE money than teachers. Before you speak next time, you should try turning off Mark Levine, and maybe actually speaking to some teachers AND children about NCLB.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  96. MosleyReba

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use P e n n y J u m p . com

    September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  97. dudefromdixie

    I bet Obama thinks the capital of Kentucky is pronounced Lou"is"ville. :)

    September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • dudefromky

      I pronounce the name of the capital of Kentucky... "Frankfort"!

      September 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  98. Cato

    No problem, I think we should force him to visit Cheyenne now.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  99. Bonobo

    My goodness... The Paid Faux sNews Shills are really out in force today. If I didn't know the truth, I'd possibly be troubled by the quantity... Yet, I am not. For they are bogus robo-posts. (*Note to the uninformed: Any and all comments you read on the web wich disparage President O are not made by Real People – They are being made by Corporations – Köch Brös/Faux-Murdoch being the prime offenders).

    Rule #1 – Do not feed the Trolls.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Please don't tell me you really believe this...It's uneducated fools like you who believe anything put infront of them by Hot Air Huffington and Soros. Not all criticism is from "Fox news" followers, nor even from the conservatives. Picked up a copy of NYT lately? Even many of his ardent supporters are becoming disillusioned with him.

      If you're so naive as to think this is a "robopost" take a look around and ask Liz Carter in GA if I am a "roboposter."

      But nice attempt in trying to discredit (silence) opposition. Make travel plans to visit Kim Jong Il. He welcomes these tactics.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  100. Will

    They pick the wrong square every time!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  101. Chippy55

    The Liberal media won't broadcast his mistakes, it's better to just keep repeating over and over he's the smartest man in the world. Don't bother axing what his IQ is, they never have the answer for that.
    The Liberal media hasn't changed in the past 50 years, they covered up JFKs shenanigans because they are Liberals. The people running the networks – CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN purchased these networks so they could broadcast their Liberal agenda, and it will never change. CNN's CEo even said a few years ago that he doesn't care how small his audience is, and that's the reason that Newsweek went out of business, they don't care about anything except the Liberal agenda. Notice how the White House doesn't care that 63 Liberal House members lost their seat (lol) and recently New York and Nevada were lost. They just don't care.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  102. Wild Bill

    This is why BO doesn't want to release his college transcripts.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  103. Independent

    Even though I grew up in Colorado, I'm not offended. Some low-level aide simply got his/her geography wrong, and shaded the wrong state. Just reinforces how some basics (like geography) aren't learned by some students today. I bet the President's staff will be checking their collateral material more closely from this point going forward!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  104. Yeeeech

    maybe next they can show us the map with 57 states.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  105. Carol Heinick

    There must be something more important to report on.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • marty

      come on carol. This guy has been touted by the press as the smartest man alive. And if this had been GWB, omg... the press would have had a field day ridiculing him. Surely the smartest man alive would have policy in place that would assure that this wouldn't happen (through proof checks etc). These people are not ready for prime time.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  106. dutspup

    printing company is 100% republican and did it on purpose

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Mikey

      It's a conspiracy I tell you!!!!

      When was the last time the Obama admin. had ANY dealings with a conservative owned company that didn't involve and FBI raid and unlawful confiscation of assets?

      September 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • chris

      it took a while before i found the standard liberal response. jerry springer re-runs must be on tv or something....

      September 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  107. trajan long

    Ever watch Obama without a teleprompter? The guy is far from bright. he needed a teleprompter to speak to kindergarten kids. Pathetic, and we now have the results to prove what many intelligent people said in the beginning. Obama is a disaster.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  108. Quarter Cherokee

    Okay, that does it! I'm reporting all of you to AttackWatch.com. Obama will get you for this!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  109. craig

    Hey they got 57 states to choose from, they got 2 outta 3 right. What do ya expect from this group of incompetents in this administration.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  110. Don

    Ha, a third grade teacher is about the extent of this President's understanding. Not just his press core. But what can we expect from a person who was born and raised offshore? He never really realized the American experience until he corruptly took over his state's seat and started voting present for everything that came up. He is a poser and an interloper and the sooner we are rid of him and this whole mistake, the better..

    September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  111. Ruthie3

    His best comment recent is how we (USA) built the "intercontential railway" hahahahhahahahha

    September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Marcia

      Ruthie 3 +++ Stop picking on the brilliant President. I was actually told by a liberal that he is so brilliant that we just don't get him. This same liberal told me that Jimmy Carter was brilliant too.. Sadly, I guess their standard of brilliant differs from ours. Also, Ruth-, before you pick on people like Michelle Bachman, who can obviously run circles around you because you can't even articulate your point correctly. You should stop defending an indefensible man. Go ahead, report me to his Nazi website. I care not!

      September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  112. Mark

    Too bad politicians aren't allowed to change misstatements as quickly as this blogger changed "square" to "rectangle." :-)

    September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  113. Pflugerville

    Quite probable that's the compromise the WH had to make after sending the sign to Congress.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  114. Cheeseburger

    All of the little things ad up, don't they? Of course the "everything that's wrong in my life is the Republicans' fault" crowd will point fingers. As usual.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  115. MAJack

    Public school graduates at work no doubt.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  116. joeamerican

    He's was a great Community Organizer, had a lot of practice spending govt (our) $................

    September 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  117. hal

    O' l Danny boy got that extra E from an NEA provided flash card.The NEA must be branching out into map making.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  118. RedDog

    Obviously a public schooled staffer. Truth is, most people couldn't identify 25 of the 50 states. Or is that 28.5 of the 57 states?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  119. Bonobo

    Wow, someone needs to ban the traitor posting as "joeamerican" (he is anything but).

    September 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  120. Tom A

    His (their) utter ignorance of economics and ethics is much more troubling than their ignorance of geography.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  121. Ben Dover

    It's Bush's fault.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  122. TexasRick

    Both states are square???? Close enough for government work I guess. I thought president sh!t-for-brains was supposed to be the smartest one America has ever had. If it were Bush making this gaffe, lead story in the NYT. Guaranteed.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  123. Michael

    What do you expect from people who had been to 57 states and are solidly liberal socialistic communist pigs?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  124. Ryan

    That's Okay. The people that voted and will vote for Obama took to heart Pink Floyd's "We don't need no education". If you hate your kids, send them to a government run school. LOL

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  125. C-Lo

    I just realized–I WILL be able to get home this afternoon because he'll be in Wy. No need to close down the intercontinental highway here!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  126. dump28usn

    I don't think he knows where he is when he's in DC so why would he know where he was on the west coast!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  127. joeamerican

    Damn, Michelle isnt missing any meals, is she? Funny how she lectures everyone else about what to eat, then you see all these pictures (on drudge, not CNN of course) of her eating cheeseburgers, fries, milkshakes, ice cream cones.........she is getting wider all the time. She's gonna be the biggest first lady ever! Also, did you know that her thesis at Princeton was on, racial matters? Who would have guessed that?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Smitty

      You got my vote Joe! BO has us up to 59 states and Moochelle is your typical liberal hypocrite hog.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • AnneiVan

      Yep. Michelle has a chip on her shoulder the size of Wyoming.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  128. ElRondo

    Why not? Isn't this president a poster-child for Affirmative Action? Didn't he make sure no one there was smarter than he? Isn't that the reason Michelle was hired with such high hopes right out of college by that big law firm...and then promptly fire because of her exreme mediocrity? Who is truly surprised by something like this? They have to go outside the administration to get someone to spell-check the teleprompter!!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  129. AlexS

    I would say about 80% of you are completely retarded and have nothing better to do but arguee about pointless things.
    However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

    September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • AlexS

      A message to both parties.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  130. Frank La MY

    too bad the moran's in the white house don't know the differences between Colorado and Wyoming. if I were Colorado i would take his name off the ballet since he does not kinow where we are. now you know what kind ofr morans are running the country. i live in florida for you morans in in the southeastern part of the united states just south of George.. get a map

    September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  131. djaymick

    Here again, Obama looks like a fool. As James Carville said two weeks ago, it's time for Obama to fire some people in his Administration. Obama doesn't have the intelligence that the MSM portray he has. His constant use of the teleprompter is a dead giveaway. So, he relies on the same idiots to make him look like a buffoon.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  132. Clarabelle

    Just make sure you're signed up to help the next president get elected - and make sure it's not Obumkins.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  133. Pancho Villa

    Finally, the map shows the results of our negotiations with the US and the return of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to the rightful owner, Mexico! We had to give up California, for now, but es OK since we are almost done breeding ourselves into the majority.

    Viva Mexico!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  134. BuddyPC

    CNN gives a geography lesson.
    That's rich, coming from the clowns who are looking for Gadhafi in Lebanon.
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/oops-cnn-shows-map-of-tripoli-lebanon/

    September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  135. H. E. Vincent

    (G)"give me a break. (J)just attend one of Jay (W(walk(')s knowledge test and see how many of you are ignorant of basic knowledge. You need a pre(s)ssident like Michelle (Bachman)Bauchman who needs to back to school and learn her facts before she opens her gaff(Must be libspeak?). Talking about sending a message to the muslim world. You are so racists"(Why an s here and where is the period?-speaking in singular- went into plural). No wonder America is always in trouble because of comments like yours.
    And no wonder that American's are seen as unlettered dolts when we let "people" like you have access to a keyboard. Or are you one of the infinite number of monkeys working on Hamlet? You must working with audio books as you surely have not learned to spell or punctuate.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  136. JeromeFJ

    What would you expect from the staff of the first Affirmative-Action President?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  137. Thogwummpy

    Don't worry. This administration will blame the geography mistake on Bush....somehow. And indeed, it's racist to say that the White House got the geography wrong....again....somehow. But like the myterious "fairness" (ask a liberal to specifically give a number for what is a "fair share"; and their head will explode!), connecting facts with causality is quite an elusive chore for a Lefty!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  138. Fundies

    fab

    September 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  139. Coasty

    American West? What happened to Arizona and New Mexico? Are they now part of the Central States or have they become part of Mexico? And you ask, why is the White House such a mess? And my answer is, they are still looking for States 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, and 57.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  140. M. Rethman

    Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, they all look the same to those who view anything not on the east or west coast, or on the coast of Lake Michigan as little more than fly-over country... except when Barry needs votes.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  141. Jane

    Oh, yes, this is the smartest White House ever.
    I am surprised that the media is willing to report on this, since they choose to ignore many times the gaffes of obama and his team.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  142. steve

    I am waiting for Barry's "intercontinental" railroad so I can take a trip from NY or Washington to Europe on the train.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  143. Phil

    Another perfect example of WH waste-fraud-and abuse. The problem of the matter is, the POTUS is out re-election campaign stumping while the country is going down, down down and deeper down...lucky the Congress 'agreed' on the current fiscal impasse. Seems the Federal Government doesn't operate on an annual (FY) budget. Its more like a quarterly budget if you even want to sya there is even a Federal budget to begin with. All he democrats want ais a continual supply of blank checks to take on shopping sprees on the new-fangled project that'll help their case for reelection to their posts, or to keep the democrat office. Seems the more Obama's dems spend the more secure in the jobs they feel. Just raise taxes, the taxpayer won't know the difference.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  144. PauvrePapillon

    If we are going to talk about evidence of stupidity in high places, how can you ignore The Ultimate Clueless One?

    In the third line of his Inaugural Address, Clueless Comrade Barry stated,

    “Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.”

    Actually, 43 Americans have taken the presidential oath. The reason why Comrade Barry is considered president number 44 is because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms and is thus counted as presidents numbered 22 and 24.

    You can maybe, sort of, make the excuse that Comrade Barry was tired and misspoke with his "we’ve now campaigned in all 57 states" remark but his statement: “Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath" is still posted at Whitehouse.gov.

    We're 31 months into an administration headed by a President who still doesn't know who Grover Cleveland is!

    There can be no doubt. Clueless Comrade Barry has less than a schoolboy’s understanding of American history.

    And the Useful Idiots think Herman Cain is stupid?

    Compared to Clueless Comrade Barry, Herman Cain is The Sage of Monticello.

    Addressing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, The Ever Pandering Clueless One said, "Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land."

    Actually, the United States of America declared its independence on 4 July 1776.

    Mexico didn’t exist until 34 years later (16 September 1810).

    Now how is it that Mexicans shared the same land before there was even such a country as Mexico?

    Don’t you have to exist before you can share?

    What we have in the White House today is nothing more or less than an ignorant, incompetent, narcissistic Marxist miscreant – the living embodiment of The Peter Principal in (Affirmative) Action – who the media refuse to hold accountable for anything.

    By the way, they speak German in Austria (not “Austrian”); the automobile was invented in Germany (not the U.S.); the “ps” is silent in “corpsman”; the U.S. Constitution was not written “20 centuries ago”; Europe is a continent not a country; Colorado (like Wyoming) is a rectangular-shaped state but it shares no border with either Idaho or Montana; there is no such thing as an Intercontinental Railroad in the United States; Canada has a prime minister not a president; Abraham Lincoln was not the founder of the Republican party; but, yes, technically Israel is indeed a “strong friend of Israel”, though this would hardly seem to be a point worth stating.

    Let’s face it. The only guy in Washington that has said more outrageously stupid things than Comrade Barry is Joe Biden. Not even Marion Barry tops The Clueless One.

    The Ruling Class must perpetuate the myth that they are the “best and brightest” in order to give them license to organize and legislate against the interests of those whom they are supposed to serve.

    They are neither and their Beloved Dear Leader Clueless Comrade Barry is, in fact, nothing more – or less – than a complete dullard.

    The Debt Man Walking is, in fact, the one and only president to actually blow his own Inaugural Address.
    Clueless Comrade Barry, President Zero, Doctor Downgrade, Dear Leader of Food Stamp Nation, The Barackalypse, The Obamageddon, The Debt Man Walking, The Redistributor-in-Chief, The Living Embodiment of the Peter Principle in (Affirmative) Action is, in fact, the one and only president to actually blow his own Inaugural Address.

    Now, that truly is S-T-U-P-I-D.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  145. mike

    Does anyone else notice how the last two weeks or so CNN has abandon the president? Its like FOX news now. I will be voteing for Ron Paul "even if i have to write him in" so i have no vested intrest either way. But this is just another example of how the media plays games with our heads in order to further THEIR agenda. FOX just did it to Rick Perry last debate. It was very easy to see "im glad as i hate that man" Is anyone else awake seeing this stuff go down?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  146. Timmeh

    Why, this can't be! These are the smartest people on earth. That's what CNN and MSNBC keep telling us.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  147. Doug Garnett

    This is pretty funny. I feel for them – they create so much stuff it's easy for someone low-level to make the mistake then have it slip through.

    But it does reflect the problem that Colorado's just part of the area west of the Mississippi. Isn't that area about the size of a couple of Rhode Islands?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  148. Treachery

    This is more glaring proof of the idiocy of the progressive left. If you aren't in NY or DC your are fly over people, even when they don't even know where they are flying to or what states are really there. I you still buy Mr. 57 states (with two left to visit AK & HI) bravados you are a dang fool.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  149. Mike Rodriquez

    When the advocacy is for "leveling-the-playing-field" or said another way, getting "equal-outcomes" then you have the "F" students having their grades changed, teachers changing test scores, and other cheating practices going on that produce "C" students. Of course they haven't learned anything, and you see the result here. But "A" students are having their grades altered if they don't write "politically correct" orthodoxy even if they know the information and the facts are Liberal BS.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  150. delois

    Wow. With everything going on in this country, I can't believe that all you idiots are arguing about grammar, etc. No wonder people like Obama and Bush win elections.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  151. NYC REPUB

    Right wing vomit on this site huh? Figures.......

    September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • James Woods

      Now that's intelligent.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  152. stoneman

    Funny how they omitted Arizona and New Mexico. I do not think this is by accident. This administration probably doesn't mind NM so much but they certainly hate AZ. They could hardly put NM on their map and omit AZ so they left them both off. Why? Because they want us to think of AZ as a Southern state (think racist because of Az's attempt at enforcing Federal immigration law). Obama knows he won't do well in the south or in AZ so why not marginalize them together? If it had been possible to omit Utah and Wyoming from the map of what they consider the WEST they would have done that as well but that would have looked much too suspicious. This is all about shoring up support for 2012 and this is just another way to pit one side against another which is so obviously the one and only mode our community organizer in chief knows and it runs very deep.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  153. Jose

    No excuse for this mistake. The white house if full of dummies. Give them all a Nobel Peace Prize

    September 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  154. Attilashrugs

    How about leaving off entirely Arizona and New Mexico? Was that a nod to the Atzlan Race.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  155. DaveVB

    Oh yes just a small "fun" item to make light of when Pres. Obama's staff makes a mistake. Just let a Republican do this and see what would have been reported!!!! DOUBLE STANDARDS ARE JUST LAME.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  156. joeamerican

    There are no NYC republicans........mostly jews,white liberals, white progressives, and minorities......

    September 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  157. Julie Kendall

    When did we as a nation become so petty and vicious? Why do philosophical differences have to turn into personal attacks with such vengence? I yearn for a day when we can treat each other with respect and still disagree. What happened to that part of a national culture? These posts that jump so vehemently on a miss statement leave no room to listen to one another and debate an issue on facts, not lies and boasts. Certainly we encourage our politicians to avoid actual truths so they can maintain their job, but when do we as a nation start respecting our world rather than finding a way to sell it and ensure no one else gets a piece of our 'pie.' Sad really

    September 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  158. joeamerican

    Voting for Obowma was basically a "pennance" for self loathing white liberals and progressives.........they knew he had absolutely no qualifications for this job, but they felt better about their pathetic lives by voting for this community organizer, spender-in-chief!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  159. pdbh171

    Anyone else notice that the O'bama administration deleted arizona and new mexico from the map of "the american west"? How convenant as He is sueing the state of arizona. Although he will not be visiting these two states, neighter is he visiting nevada,Idaho and the other states in blue.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  160. WilliamPenn

    Geography's not important in the Socialist world; only LGBT issues.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  161. hoho

    Mr. FuBAR ACK said: 57 states...butt-kissing-press said nothing.......Urinalists.
    To NO-T-ruth: if you have no argument, just shout "racism!", right? BTW – he is half white.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  162. James Woods

    The one thing that having a half black liberal president has shown us is that they can say anything and get away with it.

    I don't think that if the president was a right winger that he'd have the same breaks. Black, white, brown, red, yellow a republican would be beaten down at every gaffe.

    Obama could get on the teleprompter and tell us the aliens had just invaded the whitehouse and that we all need to give up our guns and whatever liberty we have. We'd be racist for not doing so.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  163. Chemiker

    Just one more proof that this bunch of fools is not ready for prime time. Tom Lehrer once opined that the reason folk songs are so abominable is that they are written by the people. Obama's group recruits people who are politically vested, maybe with prestigious degrees, and still stupid as box of rocks. In other words, their version of "the people". We've seen what happened when "the people" took over in France, 1793, and in Russia, 1917. Ignorance rules!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  164. Matt

    Honestly, does this surprise anyone??

    September 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  165. retepy

    CNN...this is news but the administration selling assault weapons to the drug cartels in Mexico with taxpayer dollars isn't worth reporting.

    What a POS news agency.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  166. mountainman314

    Must have been the same person doing the badge as the one who photo shopped his Birth Certificate, naming the hospital that didn't exist at the time,,,,and oh yea,,,,his dad was from Kenya,,,,but oh wait,,,,Kenya wasn't the name of that place at his fathers birth date. Never mind,,,,,,we can just ignore that one too.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  167. California Conservative

    I'LL TAKE SOLYNDRA FOR $500 MILLION ALEX.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  168. adrian

    this is not news, let alone a top story

    September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  169. You get a 'really!?!'...

    The lot of you should be ashamed. The country is being stolen out from under your blessed noses by the multinational corporations that serve nothing but their own self-interest. Greed rules the day and here you are flinging childish insults at each other like a bunch of kindergarteners that hit the Kool-aid too hard.

    'liberals', 'odumby'... 'neocons', 'wingnuts'. Listen to yourselves. Yes, I mean *YOU*, not just the idiot you disagree with half a page up. You sling shiat and mud from inside your little cage and whine when someone else splatters you with theirs.

    THIS is what the founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor for? THIS is what the greatest generation lived in privation, sacrificed the lives of brothers, friends and neighbors for? THIS is what our parents worked for?

    I feel shame and disgust when I consider that this comment board is a representative slice of the 'politically aware' of America.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Mike Rodriquez

      Said like a "real" economic genius. Last time I checked the only entity that does not seek to further their own self interest is a "LIAR". It is the nature of every human being to take care for their own self interest out of self preservation. That holds true for you and every poster here. But what does not work, and will never work is to involuntarily take the earning proceeds from individuals that also make up corporations and distribute those proceeds tio those who do not earn it nor are entitled to it.. History is a better teacher then propaganda. Socialism is the thief by those who have found a way to use their predatory and sophistic self-adulated and self-indulgent personalities to convince others that they should be given what doesn't belong to them.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Pancho Villa

      Si, I agree. Give California back to Mexico where it belongs and all is forgiven.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Matt

      Why don't you tell us how you really feel!?

      September 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Boomer in Mo

      Ayn Rand is ruling the U.S. from the grave.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  170. concerned reader

    Thanks to all the incompetent, uneducated, liberal morons who voted for him, we now have an incompetent, uneducated (even though he has a so-called college degree) liberal, moron for a president!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • salvatore

      You're welcome, from all 69 million of us.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  171. Ben Hur

    Waving it off with an "Oops!"

    Of course if it was done by anyone else but a Dem, it would be evidence of stupidity.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  172. Bruin

    Undoubtably, the Tea Party will soon be labeled the guilty party for moving Colorado.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  173. Jmehed

    Has anyone considered the idea that it was just a misprint?? I had a function at work the other day and the shirts for the people were printed incorrectly, due to the fact that we just received the shirts the afternoon before the event, we had no time to get them fixed and just had to roll with it.
    I am not sticking up for anybody here, but does anyone else think it is rather pathetic that your first reaction was to lay blame on the other side and call names like elementary school children?

    September 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • CentralPA

      You're a step ahead of me. I'm still stuck on wondering how many of the people slinging terms like "moron" around would have caught the mistake if it weren't pointed out for them?

      Appalling what passes for political discourse these days....

      September 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Muslim Socialist Who Thinks US Has 57 States Also a Moron

      Gasp, a misprint, you're a total idiot unfit to do anything because you made a mistake in your English. If you ever accidentally refer to the US as having more than 50 states, watch out, people will think you -actually- believe that and try to paint you in a negative light for it.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  174. Smitty

    Check out the intercontinental railroad bulit by Abe Lincoln (in his spare time) and covering all 59 states.
    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=96440

    WOW – how dumb can we be, Mr. POTUS. Another example of affirmative destruction.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • skytag

      Apparently you're pretty dumb.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  175. JohnJ

    Mistakes only prove ignorance when it's someone other than Barack Obama, who is the smartest person who has ever lived. Rest assured that when Obama says there are 57 states, he's right and everyone else is wrong. You people just aren't advanced enough to see the three-dimensional chess this mastermind is playing. He's a million moves ahead of you. The economy is actually booming, it's just that Fox News has convinced racist people that it's not. You people are so desperate to get a black man out of office that you're willing to elect Herman Cain to do it. If America weren't so racist, it would appreciate all the sacrifices Obama has made for it. Obama is just so beautiful that America doesn't deserve him!

    September 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  176. Christopher

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907270040

    September 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  177. John

    That George Bush! He's soooo stupid! lol

    Wait. What?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  178. Saturn11

    Some poor intern just lost their job...

    September 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  179. Dean

    My guess is that the staffers responsible for this are New York or Boston provincials. Their ignorance of the geography of the U.S. is legendary.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  180. sonic10158

    nothing more than a silly mistake, everyone makes them every once in a while.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  181. Moral Absolutism

    "Everything that's wrong with everything is entirely the fault of everybody who doesn't think my way period. My way is the only way." – Every Comment on CNN ever.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  182. wild willy

    Obama doesn't want anyone smarter than him in the white house. Looks like Obama succeeded at something after all.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  183. Muslim Socialist Who Thinks US Has 57 States Also a Moron

    I'm wondering where this whole "57 states" thing is coming from. I assume it's from Obama mistakenly saying "57" instead of "47" on one occasion; unless he's gone out repeating this gaffe and acting like he really believes it, I don't see the issue.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  184. Andy

    By the way where is UTAH

    September 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  185. hongli

    I say find the chief cook and the bottle washer and fire them all. These types of errors cannot take place at this time with all eyes on the White-House. You've got to do a better job.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  186. GooberGrabber

    Wow. Even Arizona and New Mexico aren't in the American West.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  187. NoTags

    Obama's gaffe was about the same as McCains gaffe referring to Czechoslovakia which hasn't been around since 1993 and McCains gaffe on the Iraq/Pakistan border which does not exist.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  188. Mike

    People keep on mentioning the famous 57 states speech...too bad it was a bad dub over...he knows how many states their are....this was a put on by someone who really thinks it is quite a feat to know basic trivia about the US

    September 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  189. Matt

    Did they blame Bush or the Tea Party???? Watch for it... it's coming.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  190. Beth

    We will all be in a better country when Obama is elected OUT of office. What a joke for president. If he walked in the room right now, I would turn my back on him. First time in my 50 years I ever said that about a president. He is a waste of humanity.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  191. Jerry

    Our White House has become a House of Fools starting with the Fool-in-Chief and his "I have never been so proud of the United States" wife. At this stage, nothing this administration does seems to turn out right, ah, other than fundraising on the tax-payer's dime, that is!

    American voters, PLEASE remember 2012! Be as informed as you possibly can. No more smoke and mirrors (lies).

    September 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  192. jack

    dave seems to be a real bright guy

    September 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  193. iowactor

    Really? The wrong state was highlighted on press credentials? This is a noteworthy mistake? Alert me when the Obama administration leads us into a ten-year war with the wrong country and then we can talk. CNN: Becoming more irrelevant day by day.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  194. Valerie

    Geography~ You'd be lost without it! I teach geo to 8th graders. We need it in our schools -obviously! Not more GD math or reading. Social studies makes better citizens of the world not more math or reading. When are the law makers going to get their heads out of their behinds and realize that? When was the last time you REALLY used algebra? Most people don't need it!!!!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  195. ken

    Anyone with average intelligence knows that Obama doesn't know where he is going, where he has been, or where he is. He is, after all, a corrupt Chicago Democrat.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Nathan G.

      @Ken – Given that 50% of Americans have less than 100 IQ (and the average is only 98, putting at least 18 countries ahead of us), I would be hard-pressed to disagree with you.

      Of course, those who are above American average intelligence knows things based off factual evidence, rather than simply believing everything they are told, or believing things simply because they support pre-conceived notions.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  196. salvatore

    Lol. I live in Colorado and I didn't even notice the mistake. I think we all need more geography classes...

    September 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  197. Jeffbaseball

    If we are concerned with this, then we're pretty sad. There are major problems and the mistake of geographical advertisement is not one of them. Move on. I don't think Sarah Palin would know there was a mistake.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  198. gtsmoker

    Last week he said “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad,” oh well, I think he know we have 50 states now.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  199. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Paragon; your snide is one of the most racist ones on this thread. Your AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WHITEHOUSE comment was the meanest and the nastiest! However, I'll tell you this; we've learned what to expect over the years from a NEPOTISTIC FEARMONGERING SELF SERVING WHITEHOUSE! BTW, are we to believe that you loons and the media don't berate OBAMA and his wife about something EVERYDAY? This man's taken more jabs of BS off you clowns than any other PRESIDENT has EVER had to take in the history of US PRESIDENTS!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • justsayinginVA

      You are so right, Liz. President Obama isn't the "Affirmative Action President". Heck, he's not even slightly concerned about the 16+% unemployment rate among "African" Americans!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  200. d martinez

    Just like in profesional sports, where's Colorado? If your not on the coasts, your invisible.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  201. Thinks2010

    The person who did that was probably from the East Coast or watches at lot of national TV news. East coasters and national TV news programers usually skim over anything to do with anything west of Pennsylvania most of the time so its hardly surprising that this mistake could occur. I must admit, however, that I might make a mistake in locating some of those funky little East Coast states. It might be a good idea for someone to proof the president's campaign material before it is issued. Anyone who has one of those credentials should hang onto it as it may become quite collectable.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  202. Liz Carter in Georgia

    As far as the vitriolic incompetency tirades of repititions you cons have been posting and raging against Pres OBAMA, this is what you've been doing ever since the man has been in the WH! You just soooo want to find someone dumber than the incompetancy 'poster child', George W Bush, but keep looking. OBAMA isn't the one. Oh..why don't you look around in the lot of GOPs Presidential hopefuls? LOL! You can probably pick one of at least 6 of them. I think BUSH may just have it on BACHMANN and Perry! LOL!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  203. rtee

    "W" made a few mistakes, but Odumbo is like REALLY, GENUINELY, stupid. He takes the cake!! Like most Lefties, he is hollow and plastic, without values.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  204. BoxCarbilly

    DAMM this living out of a train station Obama designed for me sucks Rocks&tumbleweeds and is stinky dirty .Me ofcourse.Hold on a min . sorry had GAS PAINS. DAMM. here come the dougies. yay Survivin ill look bootifful later. I just sarw scwappy & a half man. Reboot here with OBAM STAFF .eww Vulger. @!:'p

    September 28, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  205. Steve

    The real question is which dialect will he use and where? Will be forget and let his full-blown "black speak" happen when he woos crowds in CO? Any additions to his repertoire? Might we be treated to a convincing Chicano accent by the time the campaign gets to S. Cali?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  206. manuel

    I sadly and fearfully believe that there are enough stupid people in this country who believe the transparant lies ,he did say this would be a transparant administration, to reelect this man who's agenda clearly is to drive this country to the ground and then become the saveour, the Obamasiah that this same peolpe believe him to be.
    spelling and sinthax is not my strong suit, after all english IS my second language !

    September 28, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  207. SiriusVH

    "The French don't have a word for 'entrepreneur'." .... G. W. Bush

    September 28, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • Thinks2010

      That is my all-time favorite Bushism. When I heard him say that, I laughed sor hard I could barely breath.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
      • Thinks2010

        Please excuse the typos and change "sor" to so and "breath" to breathe. It's late and my brain is half asleep.

        September 28, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  208. Pomeria

    This is what happens when you hire too many of your pals from Chicago. Surround yourself with a bunch of buddies who just flatter you and you don't have quality staffing. Those aides and others are a waste of taxpayers money and should be relieved of their jobs. Not likely too happen, Obama apparently is more concerned with company in White House and touring as a motivational speaker rather than staying in Washington D.C. and acting like a President.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • skytag

      Your comment is what happens when you're so obsessed with attacking the president you'll make such idiotic claims.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  209. Nathan G.

    You know, if it were Bush who had said something like this, it would have been chalked up to simple stupidity. I'm not saying that's fair – everyone makes mistakes – however to equate that response to trying to tie Obama to Islam (and as if being Muslim is a bad thing) is ridiculous. Everyone makes fun of celebrities and other public personalities when they slip up. If you want to simply say, "Hah, Obama thinks there are 57 states! What a rube!" go right ahead. The slip up is amusing, just as those made by Bush were. A couple key points, however:

    1. If you are going tie this slip up to Islam, saying he was referencing the "57 Caliphates" (there are actually between 51-60 depending on your criteria), not only are you expressing ignorance, you are also showing yourself to be a bigot. Why a bigot, you ask? "I think he is Muslim, so he must be bad." Replace the word Muslim with any number of other religious, or a race, or gender, etc. If you still don't get it, I pray you never get the opportunity to breed.

    2. If you want to criticize the President, how about criticizing something that hasn't been disproven? These same arguments being dragged around like they are gospel – it's starting to get old. You aren't making a good point, aren't providing a good argument, you don't even sound pithy – simply ignorant. How about instead of listening to talking point you look at the facts and address the things that are actually true that you disagree with. Want to rip on the individual mandate in the health care plan? Go for it – that's something that actually exists that you can argue against.

    I will say this for the "57 states" slip-up. It did lead to some amusing merchandise. Just check out the lapel pin at http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/57states.asp, toward the bottom of the page. I have to admit, that's funny. Heck, were I the President, I'd still be laughing at it.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • HCX

      Nice post. Alas, the voice of reason falls on deaf ears.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Boomer in Mo

      A lot of the problem is the President is black and there is a lot of subliminal bigotry left in the U.S. The old time bigots knew what they were. I think many of the younger ones do not recognize that in themselves, which is dangerous.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • Dr. Theo

        Boomer, you are the one that sees color in everyone and everything. Most conservatives are indiffenrent to skin color. It isn't Obama's skin that troubles us, it's his beliefs and policies that are destroying our country. By your theory no black person could possibly gain respect or even acceptance in conservative circles. How do you account for the popularity of Herman Cain (my first choice for '12) and Allen West among Tea Party-types? The accusations of racism no longer work, Boomer. You'll have to find another lie to push this time around.

        September 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
      • Peace

        Oh-it's not subliminal...just hidden-due to the 'political correctness' bullshit. I liked it better when people called a spade a spade, then you knew where you stood. Now we all have to be nicey-nicey so we don't hurt each others feelings. I don't know who the bigots are now!

        September 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  210. Bill in VA

    Too bad we aren't lucky enough that this would be the only thing this administration doesn't know.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  211. John

    I wonder if they can correctly identify any of the 57 states.....

    September 28, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  212. Kevin

    Maybe he'll get asked to spell Potato

    September 28, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  213. John

    Can't you tell they are not very smart from how bad they have run the Country? They want your vote, but they can't know for sure where in the US you are.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  214. The 46th Pres

    What the artlicle didnt mention was that Obama kept asking, "where is Old Mexico?"

    September 28, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  215. socalgal

    57 states...corpsman...and another one of my favorites on Memorial Day "...and I see many of you here today..." Perhaps he should have been cast in 'The Sixth Sense" instead of Haley Joel Osment. Really, this loser is a laugh a day and sometimes more.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  216. Winnie Bautista

    I'm not surprise since we have 57 states according to Pres. Obama.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  217. Thomas

    This is the new Palestinian state!!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  218. James C. L'Angelle

    Everybody makes mistakes. The CNN reporter made a bigger one one by making the mistake public instead of referring it back to the White House.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  219. Ted Brooks

    To be fair, I probably would have made the same mistake. The challenge, of course, is that I don't work for the President of the United States. His people sure do make him look stupid.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  220. Frank

    Just like when Obama said he could not wait until he could meet the President of Canada. The man is a fraud but I do love it when all the lefties blindly defend him against anything.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  221. Blackman in America

    K not sure why this even "news" but your incorrect, Colorado is "highlighted" just NOT in white. The only error I notice of the map is AZ & N.Mexico are listed and they are def. Western States. BTW.............I'm from Colorado.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  222. AshMordac

    Even POTUS's staff is dumb. Unless it's NYC, Chicago, or LA, those elitists couldn't plan a vacation.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  223. Peace

    All the perfect people living in their glass houses. My God forgive you all.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  224. Al

    I think the issue here is fairness. If this had happened in George Bush's White House, all the liberals, which includes the majority of news outlets, would be howling at the ignorance of the Bush Administration. As for the conservatives, well... you didn't like it when they said it about Buish, why is it OK to lay this at Obama's feet? I find the hipocracy on both sides dunbfounding. Liberal elitists and conservative hubris – what a mix!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  225. steeve-o

    So I am guessing that critics are saying Obama does his own printwork for posters and such?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  226. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good posts Nathan G...Thanks. @Boomer in Mo; that is the truth. I don't see how even the true diehard racists and selfish, fearmongering biggots won't acknowledge the blatantly obvious! The fact IS that Pres Obama, his administration, everyone around him, associated with him, everyone who supports him is subjected to harsh criticisms, brewed in hate, biggotry, racism and subliminal covert biasness, and many times over-the-top unfounded character assassinations. Red hot cinders from the 'past' igniting!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  227. rexedie

    every administration has people who should be better educated in any number of areas.... so does the pentagon ...and congress....etc.. in fact the american public could use some education in general....as to there responsibilities and duties as citizens.... to be more watchful of those who they empower to wipe their backsides on a dailey basis... whine and complain but never really grow a pair to get out and protest... of course... its harder to dissent now....that amerika has become a police state....

    September 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  228. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'His people sure do make him look stupid' LOL! Well that's your opinion. I was raised to believe that what you eat doesn't make me s–t! LOL! However, I suppose from now on...we will have to be sure the President and his administration takes a test in US geography as part of the vetting process. Ooops!...I wonder how GWB and his administration would have done. LOL!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  229. skinny

    OMG – the posts above are enough to make one HURL. What a pathetic country we've become where something meaningless like this can expose the nearly unfixable divisions that now exist in this country. Left, Right, Black, White, in between on everything – all Americans. But that's all history now. Its all about "my way or the highway." Kind of like Sharia Law. Pretty neat. The extremist elements of Islam have won because we've become as extreme as they are.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  230. Joyceann

    Can't count the states, can't find wyoming – no wonder we can't find info about his college – He didn't go to school. This is our Leader?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • skytag

      And you can't offer an honest criticism of him. How sad is that?

      September 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  231. Coaster

    We all know what floats to the top. There really is no limit to incompetence. You really are judged by what you surround yourself with.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  232. KarinCP

    The Problem with many of the Comments is that people actually BELIEVE that Mr Obama speaks for himself – ACTUALLY – he READS his speeches – and these are written by his many speech writers – who get their ideas from wherever they wish – and right now they are LOST – - IF anyone who wanted to SELL their JOB PLAN knew the mechanics of Politics, they would know – GO TO WASHINGTON DC – - NOT Campaigning and building Hundreds of Millions of Campaign Funds -

    September 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • skytag

      So what? Which presidents in the past 100 years *didn't* use speech writers? This is just another lame attempt to make Obama look bad for doing something every president does. Is that really the best you can do?

      September 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  233. jobe

    If the dems run Obama this time around I am voting republican bc of all the lies that Obama told the American people durring his campagn.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  234. Saboth

    You know, when I was in school, we actually had to pick between Geography and History class. I've always suffered quite a bit in the geography area since then.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  235. notborncynical

    Somebody made a relatively harmless mistake. Big f&%^ing deal.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  236. Ignorance is Bliss

    I don't know what is more amazing the amount of vitrol hate in the United States or the fact it's citizens get wrapped up in pettiness. I bet you are the same people that log onto IMDB and refrence plot inconsitencies and minute mistakes made by film makers. "In scene X of movie Y the actor clearly had a glove on the left hand and then in the next frame was wearing it on the right. Clearly the director had no idea what he was doing and this movie is a scam!". The saddest part is so many just dedicate their free time to finding insults instead of solutions. Party of NO and party of I Don't KNOW needs to stop.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  237. Gene Cole

    This puts the whole Obama administration in perspective: epic fail.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  238. truth

    Wow. Somebody needs to be fired now. That is seriously 3rd grade geography.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  239. Dr.K.

    Wow, some poster-making intern colored the wrong rectangular state in. Clearly that can only mean that Barack Obama is both a raving idiot and a Muslim.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  240. Dr.K.

    Hmm, some intern making posters colored the wrong rectangular state in. Clearly that can only mean that Barack Obama is both a raving idiot and a secret Muslim.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  241. Dr.K.

    Wow, some poster-making intern highlighted the wrong rectangular state. Clearly that can only mean that the president is both a raving idiot and a secret Muslim.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • John

      No, but posting the same comment three times indictaes that you may be on.....Dr.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  242. RonW

    To Ruth, I think you were the one that skipped grades 2,3 & 4. These were the grades that taught basic grammar and basic sentence structure. You're a hypocrite.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  243. WoodinvilleWoody

    Psssst...I've heard that some people say Rick Perry is a member of a secret Nazi sect...no really, I saw it on the web! Why won't Rick Perry show his Not Nazi papers?! He could put this whole question to rest if he would simply prove he's not a Nazi. And Chris Christie and Rick (YUK!) Santorum and Mitt Romney and Rush Limbaugh (oh, he's running, he just hasn't told you yet)! I think Arizona should pass a referendum that REQUIRES candidates to prove they aren't Nazis before their names appear on the state ballot.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  244. George

    Be on ALERT for INTERNET TROLLS PAID FOR BY THE TEA BAGGERS.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • C-Lo

      This response brought to you in part by Lipton, with addtional promotional consideration paid by Celestial Seasonings and Luzianne.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  245. Tommy Tornado

    Liberals get so Holier-than-thou but it is okay for them to call people racist, terrorists, go straight to hell, oreos,etc. Look in the mirror once in a while hypocrites!

    September 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Test

      Test

      September 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  246. wild willy

    Obama doesn't want anyone smarter than him in the white house. Good job on hiring Obama. I'm sure this hire is the Obama standard for white house intelligence.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  247. Ian

    It seems to me that many many people are living in glass houses here, Americans are NOTORIOUS for not having a clue what goes on outside their country, in fact, many students CAN'T EVEN FIND THE U.S. ON A WORLD MAP – good thing he didn't go overseas, you'd be ALL f***ed up . . .

    September 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Ian:
      You are obviously not from here (US). Americans are not notorious for not knowing what goes on outside our country...we are notorious for not knowing what's going on. We can't be living in glass houses, they were all foreclosed upon because we can't see past tomorrow. So you are the obvious ignorant foreigner here spouting off those false accusations! :-)

      September 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  248. RAM05

    Do you know the way to San Jose
    I’ve been away so long
    I may go wrong and lose my way.....

    September 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  249. Jon

    Doesn't anyone here notice that CNN spell-checks?

    Anyway, the ridiculousness of the accusation that Obama is not an American citizen...is ludicrous to say the least. Any person born outside of the United States with at least one parent who was an American citizen that lived in the United States of America for at least 5 years is automatically given the status of a natural-born citizen.

    Now, I grew up in Florida. I will pretty much estimate right now that we are 49th or 50th when it comes to public education (and that is being generous). And I *still* learned this in a public school...in a Republican state...in a Republican city...gosh, kind of destroys any attempt to prove Obama is not eligible as president, doesn't it? Even if he was born in a hospital in China, Russia, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, or even the moon, he is still considered a natural-born citizen as explicitly stated in the Constitution of the United States of America.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  250. Brad Fregger

    First 57 states and now this. No wonder he hates America, he knows nothing about us.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  251. tj66

    It's not just geography.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  252. Jim Staudt

    If we nominate Herman Cain, will that give us the right to scream "RACIST!" every time the liberals attack him, the way the libs do now when their "boy president" is attacked?

    September 29, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • disgusted

      "boy president"

      ??????????????

      CNN: you MODERATE THESE COMMENTS???????????????????

      September 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  253. PeterD

    Obama is not a Leader rather Jerk Chicken.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • Joe

      He's a Snake Oil Salesman

      September 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  254. Lance

    It's one thing to make a mistake and know you've made a mistake, like Obama. It's another thing to make multiple mistakes and not have a clue that any of them are mistakes, like Bachmann.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  255. Logic

    As confusing as the shapes of the western states are, you can never make that mistake if you just remember Colorado is the southern rectangle. But that means you have looked at a map once or twice.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  256. JimmyFlim

    About as bad as using 'fail' as a noun in an allegedly established and well respected online news outlet. Please, stop doing it. Even the kids who started this stupidity and have grown out of it wish adults would steer clear of it.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  257. JimmyFlim

    About as bad as using 'fail' as a noun in an allegedly established and well respected online news outlet. Please, stop doing it. Even the kids who started this have grown out of it wish adults would steer clear of it.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  258. jimbo

    Everyone please don your tin-foil hats...

    September 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  259. Average Joe

    Now come on here people, the problems in this country are not from one man or one party, it has been a collective building up from Reagans days as president, it all collapsed durring Bush's term. Republicans and Democrats alike have had there fair share of the blame. What we really need are patriots running the country, get rid of the partisian BS and get back to governing FOR THE PEOPLE not the corporate jackasses. My 2 cents worth anyhow

    September 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

      'get rid of the partisian BS and get back to governing FOR THE PEOPLE not the corporate jackasses. My 2 cents worth anyhow.'
      Get rid of partizan BS and get back to govrening fo all not just for speial interest groups like unions, aliens, tax users and campaign donators.

      October 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  260. Jimbo

    These states don't matter to the dems since there aren't a bunch of metros with their man purses and thick rimmed glasses thinking they are smarter than the rest of the country running around.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  261. Richard

    If you read enough postings following an article such as this one you will quickly come to the conclusion that the vast majority of the electorate is incapable of both creating and expressing even the simplest of ideas. Most of these postings are so visceral and devoid of logic that all I can hope is most of you people don't vote. Do your homework, investigate the facts, multi source your research and most importantly, think. Reading the postings of hate mongering dimwits who can't even create a sentence is really depressing. If your posting is supposed to be satire, please claim it as such so we will know to laugh and won't mistake your effort for serious commentary.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  262. Prob

    No doubt the result of a geography class taught by a union protected instructor.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  263. Frank

    SOLR Shawn wrote: "Ruth not only is your ignorance highlighted by your absolute lack of an ability to spell and conduct grammar, it shines brightly because you are an Obama supporter."

    Exactly how does one "conduct" grammar?

    September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  264. Rick

    An intern from the "no one left behind education program" must of made these !!!

    September 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  265. Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    It took a lot of white dimwits to elect Nobama. He has lived off the tax payers all his life, never ran or led anything. Had/has no qualifications,experience or ability to accomplish anything good. He has done more damage than Carter or 'Sick Willie' and maybe as much as LBJ. did giving taxes to the least educated to have millions of babies to buy votes.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • skytag

      "He has lived off the tax payers all his life"

      This is a lie. If you have a problem with one of his policies, discuss that policy. This kind of nonsense is just lame.

      For the record, John McCain has had exactly one job in the private sector, and that was working for his father-in-law. Other than that he has lived off the tax payers all his life.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  266. Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    If one parent is a citizen,the child is a citizen.
    to be president, child must be born inside the USA, not in Kenya as his relatives said he was.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Is Our Children Learning?

      Turn off the Fox News – it's rotting your brain.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Is Our Children Learning?

      Turn off the Faux News – it is rotting your brain.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  267. Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    Since you can read his mind, tell us everything about him. We know so litle-only what he has told us. After all he is our president unfortunately.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  268. Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    True. Government should represent all ,not just 'special interest groups like unions. homosexuals and tax users.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  269. ORTNmom

    Looks like Obama can see Wyoming from his front door.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  270. disgusted

    I can't believe that CNN really has any "terms of service" here. Most of the remarks here are hateful and cruel. When you stoop to comments about the First Lady eating like a pig, the President's kids being stupid, and the President from Kenya, is Muslim, and personally drew the map wrong, you've lost all purpose in life.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  271. phearis

    Ahhhh, how soon the Tea-Baggers forget all the screw-ups their Lord and Savior GEEEEEE-Dub did on a DAILY basis.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  272. georgeandraymond

    Looks like the Obama administration was having a flashback to the Dan Quayle years!

    September 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  273. Coug9

    If this had been George W. Bush.........liberal commentators on the radio, and even those on the television news, would have ostracised him!!!! President Obama has demonstrated over and over again, his complete lack of competence. This is not an example........though it is obvious how the lefty media would have jumped all over this, had it been W.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  274. smc

    Does it say anywhere other than the story that the white colored states are where he is visiting? It just looks like a graphic to me. Sounds like someone is reading far too much into the picture.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Um, yeah, it does in the 2nd of 3.5 paragraphs. Too long of an article for you? Get a headache when you saw more than a headline? And even if it didn't, wouldn't take a Joe Biden to figure it out.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  275. skytag

    I can't believe the number of pathetic right-wing losers who think they're accomplishing something by bringing up a simple misspeak from over three years ago. I mean, seriously, that's the best you can do? It makes you look pathetic and pathologically dishonest.

    I've seen the video to which you refer, and while you losers love to bring up this example, the fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. So if he really had intended to say "fifty-seven" instead of "fifty...[forty-]seven" then logically he thought there were 60 states, the 57 he'd visited plus the three he hadn't. Why aren't you claiming he thought there were 60 states? Because none of you has ever been smart enough to figure that out?

    Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than right-wing trolls' suggestion that a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states.

    It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and you people seem to think it's your best shot at making him look stupid. That's just lame. You lose all credibility when you stoop to such tactics. I know it gets you all tingly in your nether regions, but really it just makes you look pathetic.

    I thought you people just opposed Obama because of his policies. Is this one of those policies, a misspeak that happened over three years ago? Really? God, "pathetic" doesn't do you people justice. What a bunch of brainwashed drones, brainwashed to believe attacking and belittling our president relentlessly over anything and everything no matter how insignificant is your patriotic duty.

    We have real problems is this country and you idiots are pissing away your energy trolling around with this crap. It's beyond pathetic.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  276. skytag

    I can't believe the number of pathetic right-wing losers who think they're accomplishing something by bringing up a simple misspeak from over three years ago. I mean, seriously, that's the best you can do? It makes you look pathetic and pathologically dishonest.

    I've seen the video to which you refer, and while you losers love to bring up this example, the fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. So if he really had intended to say "fifty-seven" instead of "fifty...[forty-]seven" then logically he thought there were 60 states, the 57 he'd visited plus the three he hadn't. Why aren't you claiming he thought there were 60 states? Because none of you has ever been smart enough to figure that out?

    Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than right-wing trolls' suggestion that a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states.

    It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and you people seem to think it's your best shot at making him look stupid. That's just lame. You lose all credibility when you stoop to such tactics. I know it gets you all tingly in your nether regions, but really it just makes you look pathetic.

    I thought you people just opposed Obama because of his policies. Is this one of those policies, a misspeak that happened over three years ago? Really? God, "pathetic" doesn't do you people justice. What a bunch of brainwashed drones, brainwashed to believe attacking and belittling our president relentlessly over anything and everything no matter how insignificant is your patriotic duty.

    We have real problems is this country and you idiots are squandering your energy trolling around with this nonsense. It's beyond pathetic.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  277. Brian R.

    I think the President needs to spend a little more in education! hahahaha!!

    September 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  278. skytag

    I've seen the video with the misspeak to which people refer, and while people on the right love to bring up this example, the fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. So if he really had intended to say "fifty-seven" instead of "fifty...[forty-]seven" then logically he thought there were 60 states, the 57 he'd visited plus the three he hadn't. Why aren't you claiming he thought there were 60 states? Because none of you has ever been smart enough to figure that out?

    Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than right-wing trolls' suggestion that a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states.

    It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and you people seem to think it's your best shot at making him look stupid. That's just lame. You lose all credibility when you stoop to such tactics. I know it gets you all tingly in your nether regions, but really it just makes you look pathetic.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Howard

      Thank you Skytag. You'll probably get the typical elementary school comments in response to your post.

      October 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  279. skytag

    I've seen the video with the misspeak to which people refer, and while people on the right love to bring up this example, the fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. So if he really had intended to say "fifty-seven" instead of "fifty...[forty-]seven" then logically he thought there were 60 states, the 57 he'd visited plus the three he hadn't.

    Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than right-wing trolls' suggestion that a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states.

    It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and people seem to think it's their best shot at making him look stupid. From where I sit, if that's their best attack he must be doing a pretty darn good job.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  280. skytag

    I've seen the video with the misspeak to which people refer, and while people on the right love to bring up this incident, the fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. So if he really had intended to say "fifty-seven" instead of "fifty...[forty-]seven" then logically he thought there were 60 states, the 57 he'd visited plus the three he hadn't.

    Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than the suggestion that a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states.

    It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and people seem to think it's their best shot at making him look stupid. From where I sit, if that's their best attack he must be doing a pretty darn good job.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  281. skytag

    I've seen the video with the misspeak to which people refer, and the fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember.

    Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than the suggestion a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states.

    It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and people seem to think it's their best shot at making him look stupid. From where I sit, if that's their best attack he must be doing a pretty darn good job.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  282. skytag

    The fact is that he never said there are 57 states. He started to say he'd visited all 50 states and then paused, and when he resumed speaking said "seven" instead of "forty-seven," after which he explained there were three states he hadn't visited, Alaska, Hawaii, and one other I can't remember. Leaving out the "forty-" is very simple misspeak and infinitely more plausible than the suggestion a U.S. Senator with a law degree from Harvard and over 10 years experience teaching constitutional law, and who just happened to have grown up in the 50th and last state to join the union believes there are 57 states. It was a simple misspeak, it was over three years ago, and people seem to think it's their best shot at making him look stupid. From where I sit, if that's their best attack he must be doing a pretty darn good job.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  283. Here in Colorado

    Shucks... Wyoming is close enough for me!

    September 30, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  284. James PDX

    There are, in fact, 57 states. Sadly, the really stupid people, such as have been posting here, are not privvy to the additional 7 because they are reserved only for those US citizens with IQs over monkey level. We also exclude all members of either political party,especially GOP Tea Partiers, which was why Obama had us on his mind. He had just read his letter of refusal. I personally live in the 54th state, Nirvana. In Nirvana, reality TV is not allowed and we have cures for AIDS and cancer. I'm 173 years old. And those of you who believe Obama is a Muslim and was referring to the 57 Islamic states are actually stupid enough to believe this. Stupid monkeys.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  285. George B

    Wow, for such a minor mistake but a low-level staffer CNN has left the "White House Makes a Mistake" link on the front page for days and days and days. Is the news really -that- slow?

    September 30, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  286. Shanna

    Sarah Palin made the poster. Enough said...

    September 30, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  287. NOBOMA NO12

    Ah the classic liberal attack someones spelling or take it back to the last president Obama is president know quit bringing up Bush

    September 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  288. ru serious

    ...not so surprising. The person who composed the mailer is probably a product of our school system. Do they even teach geography any more? Oh, that's right, our teachers are only concerned about their benefits, pensions etc. Parents, teach your kids this stuff, they sure will not be learning at "school". So sad....

    September 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  289. truth

    love how the NAACP is blaming Obama's awful approval rating on racism. This group is a joke and is only holding back the African-American race...and America in general.

    70% of America is white...Obama wouldn't be in office if it wasn't for white people. Plus, Cain (black republican) is already defeating Rick Perry in straw polls. And if the NAACP can claim that Obama's approval rating is low because of racism, then I can CERTAINLY say that racism (blacks only voting for blacks) is a huge reason why Obama was ever elected anyway.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  290. korrva

    All muslims are members of the same race - the Human Race, i.e. homo sapiens.
    All muslims are members of the same religion.
    However, all muslims are not of the same nation.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  291. Gumby 69

    Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching boots,
    march down to Elementary School,
    learn to read a map like a third grader.
    Wonder why the country is in such a distress:
    Lack of Leadership

    September 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  292. Sid Prejean

    Yikes!!!
    Some guy named Dave makes the second goofiest post ever, followed by the third goofiest post ever, and the bizzaro world comes crashing down on Ruth!
    Sometimes, Dave, a mistake is just a mistake. I doubt if the Heinz family knew – or cared – that there were 57 caliphates.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  293. Turtle1

    Time to get a travel agent.....:) Oh that's right-we are so techno advanced we don't need them....

    September 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  294. zeppomarx

    CNN shouldn't be mocking this mistake. For quite a while their graphics department had New York State contguous to Maine with Vermont and New Hampshire totally deleted.

    September 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Noel

      Don't forget their inability to distinguish Missouri from Michigan (Mo from Mi) and constantly screwing up Montana (Mt) as Mo.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  295. bOBiNcAL

    Hey they got 2 out of 3 right isn't that a D not an F?

    September 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  296. astro24102

    He has failed at everything else......just add geography to the list.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  297. ILoikChalkletMeilk!!!!

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLTROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  298. ILoikChalkletMeilk!!!!

    OI LOIKE PIES :P

    September 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  299. Pooja

    Actually, they have shaded in Denver because they have shaded in the state of Colorado. Notice that the state under Montana is unshaded. That state is Wyoming. Maybe you needs some brushing up on geography as well.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Jill

      ^ uhm. the highlighted ones are in white!

      September 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  300. Tim

    For all of you poor stupid racist rednecks who call yourselves conservative republicans, how many times did your "Hero"
    George W. Bush put his foot in his mouth? I'll bet he's still tasting shoe leather.

    October 1, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  301. makom8

    The Obama Plan is the Destruction of America. The Actions show it. His words show it. The results are showing it. The People see it and have REJECTED OBAMA AND HIS POLICY. The People don't want a compromise. The People want the Destructive Policy of this Demonic Obama Administration STOPPED. Obama and his Administration are of a Demonic Nature. Obama is what we call the Anti-Christ. Deny Obama and you will Destroy him. Look and you will understand what he is trying to do to America. To Follow Obama is to Worship him. near term end is with him

    October 1, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • skytag

      How can people allow themselves to become this brainwashed? You can't support any of this tripe with a fact-based rational argument. You should be ashamed of yourself for allowing yourself to be taken in my whoever is feeding you this nonsense.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  302. meredith

    IM SO GLAD ALL OF YOU ARE SO PERFECT! people make mistakes, a miss print such as the photo above, a misspeak, such as Obama saying the wrong number. your all pretty lucky to live in a country where you can badmouth anyone you choose with no consiquences. grow up and realize not everyone can make your life wonderful but you. if you dont like how things are going, change it! stop bitching!

    October 1, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  303. Skylark

    It is obvious to me lately that the problem between white males and black males is what it has always been:

    Penis Envy

    October 1, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Dr. Theo

      Yes, that would be obvious to you.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  304. elckp

    Hey Frank La MY. Now I'm really confused. I was always taught there are 50 states. And what is it with the "ballet" in Colorado? Do the voters dance in the booth when they cast their ballot? If so, those results from Colorado will be subject to recounts.

    October 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  305. elckp

    Hey S! The Morans lived in my hometown! Didn't know they moved into the White House? Frank LA is just a wealth of information.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  306. Mike Johnson

    Americans are geographical morons ... try and ask 10 people what the capital of Canada is, teh world's second biggest country ... and one of them will actually know it on a good day. Do the same neighboring test in European country and 10 out 10 will know it.

    October 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  307. Howard

    To all you people who are having fun at the expense of Ruth: First, you may want to look at your own penmanship before criticizing another person's. Second, she probably isn't responding to your childish comments because she realizes that she was dealing with either two year olds, or bible thumpers who have the mentality of two year olds.
    I personally can't wait for Obama to be re elected. We don't need these tea baggers taking the country back....a few hundred years. Ta ta losers.

    October 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  308. sambo

    Same person who thought there was 57 States...........Obama

    October 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Drito

      And Sarah Palin thought North Korea was an ally. It's called a gaffe, idiot.

      October 2, 2011 at 3:00 am |
  309. Lori

    You all crack me up. You act like Obama personally made this map.

    Some low level staffer made the graphic, and it either wasn't proofed or who ever did proof it was an idiot. Obama probably didn't know of its existence until the media caught the mistake.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  310. Jim

    Well, they don't know because they don't care - to Obama and most of his ivy-league crew those states are in the broad category of "don't know, don't care" - they definitely know where California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas, Maryland, VA, and DC are.

    October 2, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  311. Joe D.

    I can only shake my head. And it isn't a partisan thing either; I'm as liberal as they come so shame on whoever drew this map, but let's be serious, the litany of faux pas on the GOP side when it comes to geography truly takes the cake i.e. Lexington & Concord and seeing Russia from one's house, to name but a few. The problem is education, or the lack thereof, but just by saying that the nimrods on the left and right who think Ejukashun iz Stoopit will call me a geek or a square because they're too ignorant to know how to read a map.

    October 2, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  312. lex

    Oh come on. With the teachers unons in-charge of the Democratic party what can you expect? This is one more symtom of the democrats and their union friends goal of brainiong down America.

    October 2, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  313. Gadsden

    The also omitted New Mexico on the map, with Santa Fe on the list of stops.

    October 2, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  314. Exxon

    Ay Caramba !

    October 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  315. Ian

    Oh chill out, not like anyone that had a blank map could tell the difference and be 100% sure.

    October 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  316. Wilde Napalm

    Would everyone leave Ruth alone. Obviously she is public school edjamacated.

    October 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  317. Anne

    Yes – someone confused Colorado with the home state of War Criminal Dick Cheney.

    October 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  318. Noel

    Last time I asked my neighbors...Washington was considered Pacific Northwest, not the classic "west". Further it's fairly obvious that the King of Welfare States was only interested in California..where the crucial Mexican vote is so important. Is it just me, or are minorities the only voting blocks that matter now? Makes sense I guess, you can't expect the people that you're robbing to actually vote for you when your intent is to create another layer of welfare. The Dunce in Chief might want to think about setting up polls in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China and Libya since it's apparent that he doesn't care what Americans think.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Tenth Grader

      I am sorry to say this, but reading all of these comments made me sorry to be an American. Seriously, though. Your comments could be featured on Cracked. Support your opinions with facts - not erroneous, prejudiced statements.

      October 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  319. BELL

    Guys, go get a life – is this really worth all these responses – obvioulsly you're not out of work and wondering how you're goiing to put food on the table – for most people in this country – right now, there are much bigger fish to fry!!

    October 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
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