Whoopsies! Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Ones

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

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  2. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    Yes, sometimes people say the dumbest things and really regret that they are recorded... Anyone remember 57 states? Guam may tip over?
     
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    Not even sure he figured out what he did. But hey he is in foreign affairs that's scary.
     
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    When I heard the 57 states remark, my brain said "Huh... he must have meant 47. Oh well..." But THIS... this is completely different.

    As someone who suffers from dyslexia and stuttering I know what it's like to slip up, this was not a minor slip up lol. Am I gonna hold it over this guy for the rest of his/my life? No, but seeing he's Foreign affairs, yikes!
     
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    I don’t know about the dumbest things, but some government officals just plain lie, like in 2003 when the US before the UN, and the world told the world that Iraq had WMD, and thousands of people died.
     
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    Of course, there was Joe Biden telling Chuck Graham to stand up. Can't forget Rick Perry forgetting which departments he'd get rid of...
     
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    I always get a kick out of Conservatives bringing that one up.

    Because after eight years in the public spotlight; probably thousands of recorded and videotaped speeches, press conferences, rope-lines, and sit-down interviews - that is the "dumbest" thing Obama has said?

    I think that speaks volumes about not only his speaking ability, but remarkable powers of concentration and focus.

    Do you really think that (candidate) Barack Obama, Harvard Law graduate, Columbia scholarship kid - didn't know how many states there are?

    I think we've all made verbal gaffes and mis-statements (how many parents have used the wrong name when speaking to their own children?) Pretending that "57 states" proves Obama is dumb is, well, dumber still.
     
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    No, I firmly believe the President Obama knows exactly how many states there are in this nation. It was a mistake he made on mic. Same as others have made.
     
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    a lot f people make mistakes and have lapses regardless of political affiliation, but the example in the OP has nothing to do with that.
    it means the guy doesn't know how to do his job or is an idiot, all sprinkled with a bit of racism.

    and it really seems the only reason you are defending him is because he has an R next to his name
     
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    There isn't really a link between what Obama said (57 states) and automatically assuming an Indian isn't an American citizen. :|
     
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    Defending him? Not me. I didn't vote for him. I did however vote for Hank Johnson (D-GA4) who thought Guam might tip over. Of course, I voted for him to get rid of Cynthia McKinney... Lesser of two evils. Fortunately, I'm not in the GA4 any longer.
     
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    Politicians saying saying stupid things!?

    I'm shocked...shocked!




    Here are your winnings, Captain Renault.:p
     
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    dyslexia sucks. Hard to adjust to it at times
     
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    If this were the other way around (freshman Indian official speaking to two white members of the Indian government named Jason Brown and Natalie Thompson) the response would be "that's really funny, but what do you expect? Those colonial white folks shouldn't even be in that government!" True story. So where do we go from here? Where and when will real progress and understanding be made?

    If Natalie Thompson began talking in an Indian accent, everybody would be a little disoriented and completely understanding of anyone who is confused.

    The standard that the Western (white) nations hold themselves to on these issues is quite staggering. Their ideal of post-racialism, multi-culturalism within mono-nationalism is frankly probably impossible to attain. But when an incident like this happens the reaction implies that everybody should be able to attain that ideal very easily. That's a ridiculous sentiment.
     
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    I take it that you have some evidence of your accusation? Possibly a source that you could share with us?
     
  17. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    Especially when I was a cashier - "Your total is 341.21! :D" - the actual total was closer to 143.12 lol

    I'm constantly reading/saying numbers wrong. Words are not as bad though.
     
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    Or the dyslexic bank robber? "Hey mother stickers, this is a ******* up. Fill by bag with s*** and don't give me any money!"
     
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    hahaha yes! thanks for the laugh! :D
     
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    In all fairness to the guy, Obama claimed that Hawaii was a part of Asia.

    "'When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia...' -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011"

    People misspeak. There are more important things in life to be concerned with than verbal stumbles.
     
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    Well there are Asians in Hawaii :D

    But seriously, I don't think even that can be compared to what this FL dude said. I'm not saying this because I'm trying to defend Obama. You are correct that we all make verbal mistakes and slip up, but I think the example in the OP is in a league of its own.

    Just my opinion.
     
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    Well he made a dumb assumption, and he's probably embarrassed. I wouldn't reach much further into it though. Some people have tried to use stupid assumptions for political gain rather than a simple attempt to extend inappropriate greetings. There are real problems, and sometimes these things act as a distraction from them.
     
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    That was painful to watch.
     
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    I do a mixture of both. But words appear to. Be the most inconsistent
     
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    I have Dyspraxia and and ADHD. God, hand-eye co-ordination just doesn't exist for me, I learned how to tie my shoe laces at around 10 or later!
     

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