“...and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.”
The point here is not so much that Obama does not know that German is spoken in Austria. What is much more telling is his naivete about world politics. Obama muses that ‘people are pursuing their interests, issues, and their own particular politics’. What exactly does he think politics is all about? Does he think that politics outside of the USA involves single party governments wherein everyone pursues the same ideals and goals? (Maybe that is the way it exists in his mind; that there is only my way and no other??)
Well, he was elected President of the World after all.