President Obama told a New Jersey crowd … [that] the government would be there for the “folks in Monroe, Oklahoma after the devastation of last week.”
Where ever the hell Monroe, Oklahoma is. Moore, Oklahoma was devastated by a tornado last week.
There was a time (such as any time before Jan. 20, 2009) when such goofs by a president made for wall-to-wall news coverage. No more. Not since Obama became president. President George W. Bush would have never gotten a pass from the mainstream media for a flub as big as this one.
Moore might sound like Monroe to an Indonesian. Maybe even to a Hawaiian. Or a Kenyan.
Moore. Monroe. What’s the diff? Looks like a couple hundred miles. Actually, it’s 169.43 miles as the crow (that Obama should eat) flies:
There’s Moore, right next to Oklahoma City, in the middle of the state. Where’s Monroe? Well, it’s itty bitty, just an unincorporated community, to the east of Poteau, over there above the Ouachita Mountains.
Should we blame a big-city guy like Obama for not knowing the geography of a red flyover state like Oklahoma? It’s not as if he confused Point Pleasant, New Jersey, with Beach Point, Massachusetts, after all.
Ordinarily we might give him a pass, but for the fact that he was right there in Moore, just a few days ago, touring the devastation and crying, too. He felt their pain. And yet, just a day or so later, he “misspoke” and mistook Moore for Monroe. Some Oklahomans were not amused: [emphasis added]
“It really makes me doubt how sincere he was when he promised how he’d be there for the state of Oklahoma,” Denise Ackland, from Oklahoma City, said. “He looked so sad and concerned. Then he turns around and gets the name wrong.” …
“I was shocked that he didn’t even know the name of the town he was just in visiting,” Mandy Robinson, from Enid, said. “The least he could do was have someone write it for him that knew what was going on here. He could have written it on his hand in case he got confused.”
He gets confused a lot, it seems. In fact, he seems to know very little about most of what’s going on, especially in his own administration. As president, he often learns what’s going on the same way that we ordinary citizens do: From the news (e.g., IRS targeting conservatives, Fast and Furious gun-running, Air Force One flyover of NYC, subpoenas of AP reporters’ phone records)!
To be fair, we should assume that TOTUS (teleprompter of the United States) was unavailable for the POTUS during his play date/love fest at the beach with Governor Christie. Even so, perhaps this mistake was his speech writer’s fault.
“Yeah, that’s the ticket.”