BTW, did you know that Glenn Beck started out as a stand-up comedian when he wasn't falling down drunk?<quoted text>
Say, what do you think of the "I've been to 57 states with 1 more to go" blunder with the added "but I didn't go to Hawaii and Alaska" part at the end which was kind of overlooked.
Doesn't that mean the president thinks there are 60 states? Let's see...57 plus 1 plus 2...yep, 60.
Did you see the video I posted at Homer's request? He really did say that at the end...about not going to Hawaii and Alaska in his 57 states with 1 more to go comment.
Analysis: It's true that during a May 9, 2008 campaign stop in Oregon, Barack Obama said he had visited 57 states. The exact quote, as transcribed in the LA Times "Top of the Ticket" blog (and viewable on YouTube), went as follows:
"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
Not to excuse the gaffe, but it's clear from the context that the candidate intended to say he had been in 47 (or perhaps 48) states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Obama acknowledged the mistake later that same day by poking fun at his own "numeracy problem."
The rest of this forwarded email can be taken as either a joke or a smear, depending on how amusing one finds yet another reference to Obama's rumored secret adherence to the Muslim faith.
Is it true there are exactly 57 Islamic states in the world? That depends on how you're counting. There are, as of this writing, exactly 57 member states in the above-mentioned Organization of the Islamic Conference, which roughly coincides with the number of countries currently boasting a Muslim majority population (estimates range from