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Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives (Dumb and Dumberer)
UK Telegraph ^ | 4-16-12 | Jonathan Gilber

Posted on 04/16/2012 11:56:26 AM PDT by tcrlaf

Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.

President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.

Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaffe; hypocrisy; obama; stoopid
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To: Freestate316

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51 posted on 04/16/2012 1:33:29 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Max in Utah

Nope, but the can keep their own doctor.


52 posted on 04/16/2012 1:33:30 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: tcrlaf
Well, to be fair to Obama, he was reading a teleprompter, so he just read what was written in front of him. Kind of like when Dan Quayle was at a spelling bee and they gave him an answer card with an incorrect spelling. He hardly ever heard about that, right? /sarc

People do misspeak. What I find troubling is that Obama reads his speeches - presumably these speeches are vetted and proofed by the White House staff (and presumably, the State Department). Apparently NO ONE in the administration knows the difference! THAT is scary!

53 posted on 04/16/2012 1:34:14 PM PDT by In Maryland (Liberal logic - the ultimate oxymoron!)
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To: CitizenM
"Notice how the press, even in pointing out Obama’s error, STILL have to fault Bush! I don’t recall Bush making an error in geography. And Obama has made several.

Bush once referred to Africa as a country - that was more important to the press than the fact that he poured rivers of money into AIDS prevention on that continent.

54 posted on 04/16/2012 1:37:36 PM PDT by In Maryland (Liberal logic - the ultimate oxymoron!)
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To: tcrlaf

an uncharacteristic error

has the idiot that wrote the article been watching this moron for the last 4 years. the level of stupidity that this man AND his speechwriters show, on a consistent and almost daily basis, boggles the mind.

I must live in an alternate universe.


55 posted on 04/16/2012 1:45:43 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: Dr. Sivana

“Even if he got it right, calling it the Malvinas is practically siding with Argentina, as far as the Brits are concerned.”

You’re right; he fully intended to say “Malvinas” to pander to all of those countries. Many of them feel no affinity towards Argentina, but also accept that the islands should belong to them.

Americans rarely refer to them as “the Malvinas Islands”; it was pandering to Hispanic voters here as well.


56 posted on 04/16/2012 2:05:40 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Freestate316

Welcome to Free Republic.


57 posted on 04/16/2012 2:10:49 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (ads I read nowadays)
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To: tcrlaf

wow, they still blamed bush for this one.

Obama makes this screw ups all the time and I bet this was NOT an accident. Obama made a slip to show he sides with enemies of the alies.


58 posted on 04/16/2012 2:15:49 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: tcrlaf

wow, they still blamed bush for this one.

Obama makes this screw ups all the time and I bet this was NOT an accident. Obama made a slip to show he sides with enemies of the alies.


59 posted on 04/16/2012 2:16:04 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Dr. Sivana

those Byzantines may be down but they’re not out!


60 posted on 04/16/2012 2:20:40 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: EnglishCon
Sure, it is a little annoying to pay for, but we keep our word.

Just don't go in July/August, nasty weather down there. Try to go sometime in January. Then after a bit of a row you can sail around to Vina del Mar in Chile and relax on the beach.

P.S - can we have Grenada back sometime soon? /gentle leg pull.

As far as I know you have had it back for some time. They have a Governor-General and everything.

61 posted on 04/16/2012 2:24:31 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: tcrlaf
Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W Bush...

Barf.

62 posted on 04/16/2012 2:52:39 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: kearnyirish2

Argentines are not popular with other Latin Americans. They have a serious arrogance problem, and barely regard themselves as Hispanic - they speak a heavily Italianized Spanish in the areas around Buenos Aires, with an accent that makes them the joke of Latin America, yet they still run Spanish as a Second Language programs that leave other Spanish speakers befuddled by their students. They also try to dominate Spanish language websites and everything else, although they have not only a strange accent but even a lexicon that is entirely their own.

Argentina also has a heavy English/Welsh influence, as well as many ... er, Germans...so I’m not sure catering to Argentina is going to buy Bambi much love from the rest of Latin America.

But he’s such an idiot that I doubt he has bothered to do any research into it. He thinks all those little brown non-English speaking people down there are the same. Arrogant S...


63 posted on 04/16/2012 2:54:05 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Exactly...Argentines don’t consider themselves Latino/as they are Europeans !


64 posted on 04/16/2012 3:48:56 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: tcrlaf

Where is Malvinas anyway?


65 posted on 04/16/2012 3:54:14 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; All

Never mind that Britain has been our friend for a lot longer than Argentina??


66 posted on 04/16/2012 4:08:11 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

This is supposed to be the “worldly, sophisticated, brilliant” president who is “comfortable” with “the world”...except when he demonstrates that he is even more parochial and uncurious about the rest of the world than Bush was.


67 posted on 04/16/2012 4:08:32 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Iron Munro

Nobama takes a squat on our Republic.


68 posted on 04/16/2012 4:08:32 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (All you have to do is the next right thing.)
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To: KevinDavis
Never mind that Britain has been our friend for a lot longer than Argentina??

Obama's "our" probably isn't the same as yours.

69 posted on 04/16/2012 4:18:57 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: KevinDavis

My point, exactly.


70 posted on 04/16/2012 5:56:44 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Iron Munro

Magna Cum Laude....Harvard Law....I say B.S. : )


71 posted on 04/16/2012 6:50:27 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: tcrlaf

Obama proves to ignorant to properly betray our British allies at the behest of fascist Peronist Argentinian regime.


72 posted on 04/16/2012 6:57:07 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: cookcounty

“the Malidves are off the Kenyan coast!”

You can see Maldivia from the his brother’s hut!


73 posted on 04/16/2012 7:52:41 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
"Try going into Istanbul and start refrring to it as Constantinople or Byzantium and see what happens." ♫Istanbul is Constantinople...♫ Catchy tune!;) Good thing Obama's name is not Bush/s;)
74 posted on 04/16/2012 9:08:16 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: tcrlaf
Had Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney said this, the media would be giving us HOURLY breaking news updates, telling us this is proof of how stupid they are, and ignorant of foreign policy!!

You pretty much got it. The media would've ripped George W. Bush for this, too. Romney less than Palin or George W., though, because Mittens is more in step with media sensibilities.
75 posted on 04/16/2012 9:22:59 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: tcrlaf
Previously, from the Obama Files...

US Refuses To Endorse British Sovereignty in Falklands Oil Dispute
Times Online UK ^ | February 25, 2010 | Giles Whittell and James Bone

British irate over Hillary comments on Falklands (Another Zero middle finger to the UK)
Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2010 | Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration sides with Argentina and Venezuela in OAS declaration on the Falklands
The Telegraph ^ | June 8, 2011 | Nile Gardiner

Fumbling the Falklands (Obama Administration Knifes Britain in the back again)
Hotair ^ | 02/15/2012 | Ed Morrissey

76 posted on 04/17/2012 12:58:01 AM PDT by fluorescence
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To: tcrlaf

THe Maldive Islands just had an Islamic-oriented coup. Obama got the right island, just the wrong hemisphere.

Make that 58 states, Obie, of the Organization of Islamic States. I’ll bet you will be visiting each one in your reelection campaign bus (if you can get all those bodies out from under it).


77 posted on 04/17/2012 2:15:39 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: tcrlaf

To the best of my knowledge, Bush was never in doubt as to what year it was. Can’t say that about King Barry.


78 posted on 04/17/2012 2:38:06 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: livius

I know that Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile have much “whiter” populations than countries further north, and that Argentina in particular views itself as more of a European country; just the same, many South American countries support their claim to the islands.


79 posted on 04/17/2012 4:01:08 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Dr. Sivana

why they changed it I can’t say, I guess they just liked it better that way.... (tmbg ping)..


80 posted on 04/17/2012 7:10:01 AM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic--Shall be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure Society!)
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To: kearnyirish2

I know that Britain is our ally (maybe not Obama’s), but does the Monroe Doctrine not apply to them??? Monroe doctrine has been the cornerstone of American foreign policy for over 200 years...


81 posted on 04/18/2012 9:28:29 PM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic--Shall be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure Society!)
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