Obama Gets Year Wrong

This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice. Barack Obama 24 May 2008 It was really nice until he got the date wrong by three years. Granted, 2008 was a great year for him, and we might try to live it for as long as possible, too, if we were him. Also, though, he may have had a stroke.

So, President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today with a very nice inscription: “It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.” He then dated it: 24 May 2008.

It’s an amusing gaffe. We’ve all made it–although seldom missing by three years. Does it mean anything of significance? I doubt it.

via Daily Intel

FILED UNDER: Quick Takes, US Politics
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. The Fury says:

    I’m sure it was a “memory foam” thing. Can you imagine how many things he had to sign and date in 2008 while campaigning?

  2. MarkedMan says:

    I’ve taken by 10 – I find myself writing “2001”. Maybe pining for simpler times. And maybe Obama is pining for the the last time he had a good nights sleep.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    Maybe back in the 57th state all the marine corpse men still think its 2008.

    Ha! Beat you too it jwest!

  4. Brian says:

    YOU FOOLS! Clearly it’s a code for his Muslim Socialist Atheist Communist Kenyan … um, lessee, I know there’s one more…Alien? Elitist? Arugula Likers?…anyway, it’s a code for his allies to rise up, start the concentration camps, force everyone to eat broccoli and change their lightbulbs, and make everyone have gay abortions! WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!!

  5. Its a secret code I tell you.

  6. PD Shaw says:

    He misdated it because he was actually born three years before his fake birth certificate says he was. He’s been living a lie, living in two time different time periods, and the cracks are beginning to show. Now, he drinking like an Irishman . . . it won’t be long now.

  7. If you look, it actually says 200B. Obama was just writing the year in hexadecimal.

  8. jwest says:

    James was right.

    Even unqualified poseurs have amusing gaffes now and then. This slip up in no way reflects on his lack of knowledge like it did when he referred to speaking “Austrian”.

    Of course, if this was Sarah Palin, James, Doug and Steven would be running up and down the internet, buck naked with their hair on fire, proclaiming she was too stupid to know what year it was.

  9. jwest,

    The number of “Stupid Stuff Sarah Did” stories that I’ve passed on would probably amaze you. Now, when she advocates stupid policies, that’s a different story.

  10. jwest says:

    Doug,

    The difference is that when Obama says and does stupid things, he actually did them. You tend to believe SNL skits and third hand innuendo as fact.

  11. Jay Tea says:

    Doug, your self-restraint re: Palin is legen — wait for it — dary. We all stand in awe.

    J.

  12. Wiley Stoner says:

    I know you all to be of fair mind. (?) Can you imagine what you would have written on these pages had Palin done the same thing? Be honest.

  13. andrew says:

    “The difference is that when Obama says and does stupid things, he actually did them. You tend to believe SNL skits and third hand innuendo as fact.”

    LOL.

  14. jwest,

    Find me one thing I’ve written that attributed to Palin, as something she actually said, something that was part of an SNL skit. Just one.

  15. jwest says:

    Doug,

    You, James and Steven are the ones who, with every condescension-dripping article and comment infer that Obama is either more intelligent or qualified for presidency than Palin – all evidence to the contrary. You uncritically absorb the mischaracterizations and attitude of your sources at Media Matters, Think Progress and Kos then use your special talent of writing headlines not remotely connected to facts while in the guise of a libertarian in order to mislead readers.

    The question is, what have you ever written about Palin that an intellectually honest reader would say was fair?

  16. Wiley Stoner says:

    Doug, what policies has Palin espoused which you find so faulty. Surely her advocation of America utilizing its own energy by increasing exploration and drilling or government not spending money it does not have constitute policy you disagree with, or are you and Obamite? Obama lends money, remember we are borrowing over a trillion dollars a year, Brazil so they can drill for oil. Obama has the EPA curtail oil exploration and drilling through regulation designed to prevent the use of resources we have here. How come you talk down about a person who would correct these policies yet never a negative word about the actions of this amature administration.

  17. mantis says:

    Of course, if this was Sarah Palin, James, Doug and Steven would be running up and down the internet, buck naked with their hair on fire, proclaiming she was too stupid to know what year it was.

    You mean like wingnuts are doing right now?

    Anyway, looks like this thread is becoming a grievance fest for Palin dead-enders. Carry on.

  18. john personna says:

    It is clearly gag on the Connie Willis time travel novels. That sign-in will play hob with future historian-adventurers.

  19. Southern Hoosier says:

    It’s an amusing gaffe. We’ve all made it–although seldom missing by three years. Does it mean anything of significance?

    If Bush had written it, it would mean that the was no longer fit to be president.

  20. mantis says:

    If Bush had written it, it would mean that the was no longer fit to be president.

    Oh boo hoo. You guys decided Obama wasn’t fit to be president before he even took office. Go cry to your mother.

  21. Wiley Stoner says:

    Mantis, your intellect is showing, or should I say the lack of it. Jay Tea tried, with you, but you just cannot fix stupid.

  22. mantis says:

    Try fewer bong hits, Wiley.

  23. CB says:

    The question is, what have you ever written about Palin that an intellectually honest reader would say was fair?

    you just wrote that little screed and youre bitching about intellectual honesty?

    methinks the lady doth protest too much

  24. Jwest,

    The question is, what have you ever written about Palin that an intellectually honest reader would say was fair?

    Yes. I know. It is terribly unfair of me to take Palin’s words and make a judgment about her based on what she actually says. What penance should I perform?

  25. Brian says:

    JWest: “Doug, you’ve said things from SNL about Palin!”

    Doug: “”

    JW: “Um, look! A Pony!”

    I suppose JW was referring to the “I can see Russia from my house!” line. And, granted, Palin never ever said that at all. She DID say that “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” – which is both true and useless. I don’t remember Bush claiming that same qualification about Mexico.

  26. Brian says:

    Ah, format FAIL. Please insert in Doug’s quote marks “citation needed.”

  27. Southern Hoosier says:

    mantis says:
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 16:43

    Oh boo hoo. You guys decided Obama wasn’t fit to be president before he even took office. Go cry to your mother.

    I think mantis has a mother fixation and is projecting it on to other people.

  28. An Interested Party says:

    You, James and Steven are the ones who, with every condescension-dripping article and comment infer that Obama is either more intelligent or qualified for presidency than Palin – all evidence to the contrary.

    And yet, the only people who cite such “evidence” are Palin fanboys…curious, that…as mantis wrote, this thread, like so many others around here, rapidly turned into a Palin whinefest…poor poor Sarah…she’s just so misunderestimated…

  29. mike farrell says:

    trying to get rationality out of Mataconis where Palin is concerned is a waste of time-he is PDS inflicted (3 articles and a tweet in one week attacking her). Stoner makes a good point-if Mataconis ever recovers he might try to actually address a policy issue she presents e.g. energy and explain where she is wrong or “stupid” (although I feel confident she knows what year it is and doesn’t have to ask someone).

  30. Franklin says:

    Are you guys still complaining that people confused the actual Palin quote “you can see Russia from parts of Alaska” with Tina Fey’s exaggeration “you can see Russia from my house”?

    Remember that Sarah was using this line to prove she was a foreign policy expert, which actually made it about 10x more stupid than the fake quote.

  31. Franklin says:

    Oh, and as for O’Bama’s “2008” gaffe, he’s got to lay off the Guinness or something. I’ve certainly written checks for the previous year, but 3 years off … that’s … interesting.

  32. JKB says:

    Well, can you blame Obama for wanting to live in 2008. It was a good year. There were accolades and campaigning. Then it turns out that you should be careful what you run for because some jobs you have to show up for. The presidency isn’t a union job. You actually are expected to put in a days work in the Oval office.

  33. anjin-san says:

    You actually are expected to put in a days work in the Oval office.

    Remind us again how many days W put in without getting bin laden. Then maybe you can give us a little rant about how “unprepared” Obama is…

  34. Southern Hoosier says:

    It’s not Comrade O’Bama’s fault. His teleprompter had the wrong year on it.

  35. An Interested Party says:

    That’s ok, Grand Dragon Southern Hoosier…at least the president knows that “you hit me, I hit you back harder” is not MAD…