Obama’s Geography Lesson

Ann Althouse notes some botched geography from Barack Obama and gives him a quick lesson. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, this is what the Illinois senator has to say about his likely loss in the Bluegrass State:

“‘What it says is that I’m not very well known in that part of the country,’ Obama said. ‘Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.'”

Of course as all of you geography nuts know, Illinois is no further from Kentucky than a ferry ride across the Ohio River. Althouse, for one, knows this. Citing an email for a reader, she notes:

“1) “Last time I checked, Illinois was more ‘nearby’ Kentucky than Arkansas. Heck, they even touch.’ 2) ‘[I]sn’t there something a tad condescending in his reference to ‘some of those states in the middle’?”

The “condescending” reference is tired politics, but I agree with point #1 that Obama should relearn his geography — starting with Appalachia.


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