In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned "my sons" when defending his administration's regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.
Given that Obama has, ostensibly, only daughters, where does such a mistake come from? And how do you make it twice on two different occasions without correcting yourself? Then again, how can an American president say, "I've now been in 57 states, I think - one left to go" without correcting himself? Yes, Obama's most recent bizarre slip of the mind makes me think of that older, equally bizarre one. I mean, there are mistakes.
Then there are mistakes.
After all, it's ingrained in every American child when extremely little that our nation has 50 states. Fifty states, fifty states, fifty states, fifty states.... It should just roll off the tongue - in just the way the word "daughters" should when girls are all you've ever had.
Of course, this invites the quip - and it's a good example of how there's some truth behind every joke - that "American child" never described Obama, at least not in spirit. But another possibility suggests itself:
Is Barack Obama brain-damaged?
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