Skip to comments.Obama gaffe: Refers to Georgia as 'Russia'
Posted on 01/31/2012 11:25:03 AM PST by Nachum
President Obama mistakenly referred to the nation of Georgia as "Russia" after a bilateral meeting with the Georgian president -- an unfortunate slip-up, given that the president was celebrating 20 years of Georgian independence from Soviet rule.
"[O]ne of the first things that I did was express my appreciation for the institution-building thats been taking place in Russia -- in Georgia," Obama told reporters following a meeting with Georgia's President Saakashvili. Moments earlier, Obama had noted that it was "a wonderful occasion to have him here as well be celebrating this year 20 years of independence for Georgia and the eighth anniversary of the Rose Revolution."
Georgia was conquered in 1921 when the Soviet Red Army invaded the country. Three years ago, Russia invaded Georgia as part of a territorial dispute that has simmered since Georgia regained independence after the Communist empire collapsed in 1991.
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Makes you wonder..
Was it a ‘gaffe’, or a dig?
I’ve read that Henry Kissinger once said, “To be an enemy of the United States can be dangerous, but to be her ally can be fatal.”
Way to go Hussein!!!
I guess you don’t know the difference between Stalin’s hood and Lenin’s???
Who would like to start a Vanity listing President's numerous “gaffs”?
Austrians speak Austrian.
Signing 2008 instead of 2010.
Visiting 57 and one still to go.
How many schools did this “model of American education” flunk out of before Harvard gave him an affirmative action degree to get rid of him?
His mind is really on the ‘Georgia’ over here. This Georgia will be his ‘Armageddon’.
TOTUS had the day off?
Obama sees Russia from Georgia ... and it’s not parody.
Maybe it was just nostalgia.
Yeah it’s a ‘gaffe’ when Obama doesn’t know where he is or what he’s talking about.
It doesn’t get looped and replayed over and over and over and over like they do with Bush or Palin or anyone else except a Democrat.
Russia Georgia, whatever it takes.
Georgia was annexed by the Russian Empire in the 19th Century but had a brief period of independence after the Russian Revolution. Throughout history the Georgians have tried to assert their independence against various empires.
That’s where his hero Stalin was from.
Notice how dictators aren’t from the countries they ruin?
I’m surprised he didn’t say “We really enjoyed our stay here in Atlanta . . . “