President Obama’s Little Known Gaffe
President Obama was in Ohio this week and made his way to The Ohio State University campus. One of the things that many that are fans of Ohio State know is how to take four people and spell Ohio. It is something that many have done all over the place. People all over the nation know how to spell the name of the Buckeye State, which is the place of my birth. It is very simple, its Hi in the middle and O on both ends. O-H-I-O.
Someone please tell the President. When Mr. Obama was there, he got together with some students to do this age old and well respected way of showing support for Ohio. The problem, the President got confused. If you take a look at the picture that is included above, you will notice that the President is in the “I” position in the word. Yet, he seems to think that Ohio is spelled O-I-H-O. The picture is making the rounds on Twitter and the Romney campaign’s communications director for the state took the time to remind the President of what happened on his twitter account.
A word of advice to @BarackObama: It’s ‘O-H-I-O’ that has 18 electoral votes, not ‘O-I-H-O
Just to give you an example, this would be akin to the President coming to Baton Rouge and proclaiming his love for Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Probably wouldn’t go over very well and people would decide that he was out of touch. Something similar happened to John Kerry in the 2004 election in Ohio. Note that he didn’t win that state and lost the election.
I’m not a person that believes that this is what makes people vote for or against someone. Still, it provides for a humorous moment for those on the other side of the debate. It might even make for a great commercial if the Romney campaign is gutsy enough to try it in Ohio. Believe me when I tell you, they take things like this seriously there.
I wanted to share that with you because you won’t see it other places. It is another example of Obama trying hard to identify with people only to fall flat on his face. Although if the media does get a hold of this, they might very well try to convince all of us that Ohio is actually spelled O-I-H-O. Hey, it’s an election year. Anything is possible.