November 29, 2011

OUR SMARTEST PRESIDENT: Does Obama Know the Difference between Great Britain and England? “In a press conference this evening, the president referred in stumbling fashion to the “English Embassy” in Iran instead of the British Embassy. One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. You can watch the video above. In case the president is unaware, England forms part of Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales, though not Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. There is no such thing as an ‘English’ embassy anywhere in the world, and there hasn’t been one for several centuries.”

UPDATE: Reader Carl Stritter writes: “Glenn Now that Obama has honed his ‘Austrian’ maybe he can learn to speak ‘Great Britain.’”