Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Obama: Mexicans were Here Long Before America was even an Idea!

In a speach to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus President Obama said:

"Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land,"

Once again we hav another foot-in-mouth statement by our Commander in Chief. Imagine the ridicule if George Bush or Sarah Palin had said something this inane.

The United States declared its independence in 1776 while Mexico
Mexico declared its independence on September 16, 1810. The US became a country in 1787. Mexico was recognized on September 27, 1821.

For a little bit of geeky fun: Was the United States, THE United States under the Articles of Confederation? No, I don't think so. But, in a comparison to Mexico as per the topic, we were recognized as independent in 1783. So when was the birth of the United States? When the US Constitution was finally ratified on September 17, 1787? Or with the first election? Or when the first members of Congress, the President and the Supreme Court justicies were elected, approved and in office? We recognize the date of ratification as it's a simpler, more appreciable date.

Regarding the statement and lack of attention made to Obama's misstatements I must say that some of them make you wonder. The "57 States" quote is forgiveable, anybody can misspeak, I certainly do, and you can see a tired campaigner -- who thinks in terms of campaigns -- make a mistake as he includes Guam, Puerto Rico, DC, etc... and conflates that with States. Fine.

It is surprising he didn't catch it and go "oops, I meant to say 50, I must be getting tired." However some of the other misstatements have to make you wonder such as "speaking Austrian" or that the "Muslims invented the compass." Ow! Imagine the ridicule if George Bush or Sarah Palin had said that. Even people who didn't know that the Chinese invented the compass long before Muhammad's great-grand daddy was born would be laughing at Bush and Palin for being so "stupid."


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