While delivering a speech at a campaign even in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday, Barack Obama apparently forgot to count the number of words he was delivering to the crowd. As Obama appealed to the audience that if they were to re-elect him he would push to see “three proud words’ on products around the world: “Made in the USA.”
Technically there are three words, “made in the,” and the USA is an abbreviation for three words. However, it is a complete gaffe on Obama’s part, reminiscent of Joe Biden.
“We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports,” Obama said. “And by the way, here in Florida you’re the gateway for an entire market in Latin America, which is why when you hear these folks talking about the Recovery Act and he didn’t do this and he didn’t do that – listen, we’re expanding ports and infrastructure here in Florida precisely because we can export more,” Obama said.
“We can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years, because we’re selling goods around the world stamped with three proud words: Made in the USA,” he continued. “Made in the USA. Made in the USA. That’s part one of our plan, making it here in the United States of America.”
The problem with Obama’s claim here is not so much his gaffe as it is his timing. Why has he waited for nearly four years to talk about pushing to see “Made in the USA” on products around the world? Why was this not a first priority when he came into office? I’d say Obama’s a little late in asking people to support him for re-election to push such an idea when he has failed to push it in his entire first term.
To be fair, Obama probably meant to say what he did in this video around the 11.:28 mark in which he said basically the same thing only he used the phrase “made in America.”