President Barack Obama had another in a series of oops moments on Tuesday, when he couldn’t remember what state he was in to lobby for an extension of his payroll tax cut.
“Well it is great to be back in the state of Tex . . .” declared an obviously uncomfortable Obama, whose eyes widened as he wheeled around and gestured at the audience before correcting himself in mid thought: “State of Kansas.”
Obama then threw in a quick reference to University of Kansas basketball coach, Bill Self, as if to prove he had known where he was all along.
“I was giving Bill Self a hard time. He was here a while back,” said Obama, who had met with the coach for six minutes before his speech at Osawatomie High School.
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Known for his cool speaking style, Obama has suffered a series of recent gaffes.
Last month, while addressing an audience in Hawaii, the state where the president was born, he said: “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia — the kinds of fundamental reforms and changes, both on the revenue side and the public pension side, that other countries are having to make are so much more significant than what we need to do in order to get our books in .”
And then there was the open-microphone comment at the recent G20 Summit in which reporters heard Obama asking French President Nicolas Sarkozy to help persuade the Palestinians to stop their efforts to gain U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state.
Sarkozy reportedly made a disparaging comment about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Netanyahu, I can't stand him. He's a liar," Sarkozy was overheard saying.
Obama then reportedly responded: “You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day.”
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