major breaking news

Heritage Foundation Dweeb Bravely Notices Obama Nearly Made a Gaffe

File photo of every Heritage Foundation blogger, ever.

One lonely little Heritage Foundation blogger weenie has stumbled upon the ultimate smoking gun of rock solid evidence that Barack Obama is a hopeless fool who could not pass the fifth grade: he accidentally said “English Embassy,” a thing which does not exist, when he was dutifully expressing his required disapproval of recent attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran. The actual next words out of Obama’s mouth if you watch the video corrected the error with “the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Iran,” but WHATEVER NO TAKEBACKS HUGE SCREW UP.

Most importantly, the blog post explains that by math, this near-mistake basically cancels out anyone being able to care about the relentless series of brutal foreign policy gaffes committed daily by the dim cesspool of idiots in the GOP presidential field:

In a press conference this evening, the president referred in stumbling fashion to the “English Embassy” in Iran instead of the British Embassy. One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. You can watch the video above.

Ha ha, here is a funny thing: when we first clicked on the blog post, the video of the remarks did appear at the top of the page, where you could easily notice Obama correcting himself. We accidentally refreshed the page and noticed that like Internet Magick, the video is now gone! Probably because that would ruin our righteous blogger’s next point:

In case the president is unaware, England forms part of Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales, though not Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

Look at all that fancy information! Obama would know that there is a thing called the United Kingdom, if only he would listen to himself speak one of these times.

And as always, it is infinitely fun to check in with the batshit commenters lurking on the Heritage Foundation website, like this super smart person “Barbara,” who trashes Obama’s gross lack of knowledge about the “English Embassy” with a clever mauling of English grammar:

Gee Pres, we thought you came from Haaaaarrrrvaaaarddd! Didn’t you learn basic Geography and World History in Elementary and Middle School?????? For cryin’ out loud, get a brain, because apparently your’s went on a long vacation as soon as you stepped into the White House…

These wingnuts are becoming so subtle with their jokes these days! [Heritage Foundation]

What Others Are Reading

Hola wonkerados.

To improve site performance, we did a thing. It could be up to three minutes before your comment appears. DON'T KEEP RETRYING, OKAY?

Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear. This is probably because we hate you.


      1. Barb

        I am so busted! Love ya back, Prommie! I only joined the Heritage Foundation because Jeff and I can't afford a vacation this year and I was hoping that we could get an invite to Nigger Head. If loving the Heritage Foundation is wrong, I don't wanna be white.

    1. FlownOver

      Please accept this invitation to join the Apostrophobia Society.

      The first rule of the Apostrophobia Society:

      "Its important to put the apostrophe in it's proper place."

    1. Master Janitor V572

      Well the whole kingdom/country/administrative unit does exist solely for the purpose of providing a backdrop to "royal" weddings, so, yes, or near enough as to make no never mind.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      JZ: If you want some cheap entertainment, read the remaining active discussion about the evil "Dr." Corsi's trash book over at There is one deadender remaining – a tool and a fool.

    1. Negropolis

      Is this, like, when you dip a president in a vat of peaches, and if he floats, he's guilty or some shit?

  1. JosephWNobles

    So there's this one and then the "57 States" gaffe back in the campaign, and also "corpse-man." He better watch out, because he's only 362 away from having his own page-a-day calender like Bush!

  2. Generation[redacted]

    All part of his anti-colonial world view. He recognizes England, but not the British Empire, and certainly not Northern Ireland.

    You won't hear him mention Rhodesia, either.

  3. donner_froh

    One difference between the Pres and the GOP rabble of candidates:

    Obama made a quick slip of the tongue which he corrected immediately.

    The Republicans are don't know when they make mistakes and don't care.

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      It was nice to have are Heritage Foundation investigating tooday. Now kind of quiet w/out Newt Lobbying and Herman changing Friend statuses.

    2. CapeClod

      And the Republicans have followers who will try to alter reality by immediately going to wikipedia and edit whatever page the flub relates to.

    3. user-of-owls

      The Republicans are don't know when they make mistakes and don't care.

      I had no earthly idea you were Republican!

    4. tessiee

      "The Republicans are don't know when they make mistakes and don't care."

      Except Reagan, who, when somebody pointed his mistakes out to them (back in the days when anybody bothered to do that to a repuke), would deny them, often repeatedly, sometimes even after being shown the videotape.

      I still hate that old fucker.

  4. SayItWithWookies

    Apparently we should do whatever the Heritage Foundation wants us to do to fix the economy — because our country can't afford teachers or firefighters right now, and yet Heritage has a fully staffed Office of Tedious Pedantry, so clearly their economic model is doing just peachy.

  5. DaRooster

    "What was the third one… sorry… oops…"
    "Libya… uh… Libya?"
    "This product makes girls ret@rded."

    Hey Dipshit… at least he caught his mistake and admitted to it… not like your's

  6. Barb

    Wow, Barbara Plunkette Turner got 144 thumbs up for saying this about the President. What kind of dweeb signs up to a website and says mean things in the hopes of getting thumbs up like that?

    1. Chichikovovich

      Well at least she has the self-respect not to sign in to a site that has eliminated the thumbs-down.

    2. prommie

      Mean things are only cool if you say them "meta" and throw in obscure hipster references, and always make sure to call something "the new black" and say "today we are all tedious pedants." She's doing it wrong, is what the problem is.

          1. user-of-owls

            Oh no no no, dear thing! Check the arrows, I was replying to Prommie. It was a pretty lame crack along the lines of "Prommie the Terrible saying some mean things are not cool?!"
            Gah, so much for going minimalist. Sorry for the confusion…sending big feathery abrazitos your way!

    3. SorosBot

      And does she realize the irony in criticizing the President's minor mistake while overusing punctuation like a moron??????? And using bad grammar and stupid non-words that I guess she thinks is cute?????? SO THAT HER COMMENT MIGHT AS WELL BEEN IN ALL CAPS?????? YA THINK!!!!???

      1. Barb

        That and she has a picture of her kid as her avatar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess she's hoping that some man will see the little butt plug and claim paternity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this YOUR'S?

        1. LettucePrey

          My conclusion, derived after years of scientific research, is that when women post pictures of their kid as their avatar, it's because they are too fat to post pictures of themselves. TROOF.

  7. GuanoFaucet

    Apparently the Heritage Foundations mission is to preserve America's tradition of being the world's most fertile moron farm

    1. prommie

      Tedious Pedantry: Apparently you are unaware that the possessive is formed by adding an apostrophe, and then an "s," to the end of the word in question. Declensions are rare in English, but the possessive case is the one remaining declension. Imagine the howls of derision had you made such a grammatical error in the editorial offices of the Heritage Foundation.

  8. Not_So_Much

    "One can only imagine the kind of howls of delight as the deep thinkers in the Heritage Foundation starting flinging their own poo at each other during afternoon fun time! /fixed

  9. SexySmurf

    I hope the Republicans in the House take time out of their busy schedule of not fixing the economy to waste tax dollars passing a non-binding resolution reaffirming that the United Kingdom still exists.

  10. poncho_pilot

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel? did i buy a fish i need to wrap up? did i run out of Angelsoft?
    am i painting and i don't want to drip paint on the floor? am i sleeping on a park bench and need a blanket?

  11. SorosBot

    Damn, next maybe he'll make another major gaffer like referring to the Cold War era USSR as "Russia", or the United States as "America" even though there's a bunch of other countries in North and South America.

  12. Sparky_McGruff

    Hell, I mix up the names of my two daughters, and I'm just an over-stressed dweeb writing grants at a med school. I'd probably have my pants on backwards if I had to deal with half the shit on his day-planner.

    1. MozakiBlocks

      Hell, the grandchildren are used to me going through a long list, including the dog's names before hitting the right one. The youngest boy has taken to just shouting his out to save time.

  13. NorthStarSpanx

    Here we go, we can't get rid of the 57 States plugging up the comments sections, now we'll have this.

    1. LesBontemps

      "Great Britain" was a term coined before truth-in-advertising laws, which would now require labeling as "Fair-to-Middling Britain."

    2. elviouslyqueer

      "I shall tell you what is so good about England, Miss Brahms. It is the only country in the world that isn't semi-detached."

      /Captain Peacock, Are You Being Served?

  14. Chillwaver

    "In case the president is unaware, England forms part of Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales, though not Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. "

    I'm now confused…did Paul Revere warn the English, the British or the UK?

  15. Tundra Grifter

    I won't have an opinion about this until we all hear from Limey Lizzie.

    That's not quite true. The Turbo wrote:

    "One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."

    This is what passes for right wing nutz' commentary. Having no real point to make, they fall back on "imagine." They use that word more than John Lennon. It is their stock-in-trade, and it works for them because it has no limits, having no foundation in reality.

    As for The Heritage Foundation, it appears to be a conservative cottage industry, providing menial work for the otherwise unemployable.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      The term you are looking for is "sheltered workshop". And yes, the HF qualifies, as you have to be fucking mentally incompetent to want to work there.

    2. tessiee

      "howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."

      So, what, now — the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is some kind of hot shit standard bearer for geopolitical knowledge, and everyone who is anyone is quaking in their boots at the thought of incurring their wrath? I figured they just wrote about beer, cheese, and the Packers.

  16. Barrelhse

    This would put Obama on equal footing with such GOP darlings as Cain, Perry, and 1L, the foreign policy and geography experts.

  17. Chichikovovich

    There are so many right wing think tanks these days that the Heritage Foundation has had to make do with second string talent. If they were really on their game, there would be a post (complete with siren link from Drudge and long discussion on RedState, etc.):

    Another Diplomatic Blunder from Obama! Endorses Independence for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

    Not since DeGaulle shouted "Vive le Québec Libre!" from a balcony on an official visit to Canada has the diplomatic world been so stunned at heavy-handed interference in an allied country's internal political situation. By pointedly referring to the embassy of the United Kingdom in Iran as the "English embassy", Obama undoubtedly sent Scottish and Welsh Nationalists to the streets in cheers, and emboldened the "reformed" (sure they are) terrorists of the IRA, including the bloodthirsty provisional wing. (It is too soon to tell if this will spark a new wave of bombings in Belfast taverns and department stores, but the danger is obviously there.) The public silence of the British government on this matter reflects their clear contempt for Obama and the Changes we Can't Believe in – no doubt phone lines from London to Washington are burning, as Prime Minister Jim Hacker has delegated his senior civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby to chastise Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. How long must the United States' international reputation continue to be stained by the amateur Obambi?

    1. Chichikovovich

      And in the words of Rick Perry: "Ooops!" I forgot to include the last paragraph:
      And of course the same Obama consistently insults the only true democracy in the Middle East with the policy he and his administration initiated of placing the US embassy in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem, the location chosen by the Israelis themselves. In this case, he cites "UN resolutions" as a justification for the slap in the face to our faithful ally. But as his aid and comfort to the IRA shows, the only real principle behind Obama's actions is right out of the pages of the left's treasured instruction manual, Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: always prefer terrorists – be they Irish or Palestinian – over trustworthy, friends and allies.

      1. SorosBot

        "Obama consistently insults the only true democracy in the Middle East…"

        Wait, why would Turkey be insulted by where we place our embassy to Israel?

        1. Chichikovovich

          A question I've often asked myself when neocons repeat this turn of phrase. Then I ask: "How does someplace count as a "true democracy" when millions of people who live in the territory they have seized and control aren't allowed to vote for representation in the government that rules their lives, and have no reasonable expectation of ever doing so?"

          1. PubOption

            According to Condi, having free and fair elections did not automatically make a country a democracy. I suspect that the only real requirement was that the government, however it came to power, had to agree with U.S. policy.

      1. Chichikovovich

        Yep. 1967, at a Canadian centennial celebration in Montréal. At the same time as he was cracking down harshly on Breton culture in France, to the point where the Breton language nearly died out.

        Gives the measure of what an arrogant douchebag DeGaulle was, remember that just over 20 years before, Canada had suffered nearly 100,000 casualties in WWII – a huge number for a country of only 12 million at the time – contributing to a military feat that DeGaulle needed to count on others to accomplish for him. And with his vainglorious fantasies of the grandeur of France, this is how he repaid us.


      1. user-of-owls

        That reminds me…Cornish hens really piss me off.

        They're only about the size of small pigeons, not hens, and they don't taste anything like corn.

  18. Monsieur_Grumpe

    I’ve developed a rating system for public speakers. A GPM (Gaffs Per Minutes) number can be used determine the speaker’s competence.

    Obama’s rating: 0.1965

    W’s rating: 389,456,888.3

    (For Bush I’m rounding to the nearest tenth because it would be silly to carry it any farther.)

  19. Zombie_Reagan

    "One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    One of these things is not like the other.

  20. chascates

    Although it is now official GOP doctrine that the Democratic Party be referred to as the 'Democrat Party' and that decades-old Social Security is a 'Ponzi scheme'.

  21. Guppy

    To the Wayback Machine, Sherman!

    ''I don't know why you're talking about Sweden,'' Bush said. ''They're the neutral one. They don't have an army.''

    Meanwhile, Scot and Welsh independence groups each sent Obama a bouquet with a thank-you card (the Ulster folks were too busy glaring at each other to notice). Obama has also cinched the Amish vote with this.

  22. Ducksworthy

    We need a constitutional amendment making Amurikan the official language of these here United (albeit temporarily) States.

  23. elviouslyqueer

    This, about the author of this lovely dispatch:

    Nile Gardiner is Director of The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.

    Translation: Nile Gardiner is a crawling toady for some fictional institute devoted to the worship of Britain's version of Ronald Reagan in bad drag.

      1. prommie

        Wasn't Thatcher the one who restored the Empire (Falklands) and made the UK a superpower again? And thats why, to this day, the UK aerospace and automotive industries are the envy of the world, and the UK has 100% employment.

        1. An_Outhouse

          When you say UK, are you including Northern Ireland? Is Wales on board with that? The answers to these questions may make your entire statement WRONG!

      1. PubOption

        Not exactly, British workers still have the freedom not to work in a coal mine, for example. Thatcher just removed their freedom to work in a coal mine.

  24. June_Cleaver2.0

    It's my guess that at one point the Republicans wanted to have a real think tank, but they are so crazy that real conservatives are over at Brookings. They will regret beings such hacks.

  25. Biel_ze_Bubba

    "One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."

    Yes, that's all one can do: imagine it.

  26. fletc3her

    First rule of snarky blogging, at least be right.

    Hey moron, you mispeled a lot of words in that post! Didn't you go to skool?!

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta


      I'm trying to decide whether this is snark or whether you comment on blogs for the Heritage Foundation.

  27. Generation[redacted]

    Silly Bammers. You can't just immediately correct yourself when you misspeak. The only way to make things right is to have your followers edit the Wikipedia entry.

  28. elviouslyqueer

    See, if Barry had any sense of manly fortitude, he would scream about character assassination, cry about attacks on his reputation, and accuse everyone of trying to bring him down. That's what people with real presidential caliber do, after all.

    1. Buckminster

      It's too bad Bammers only made one major gaffaroonie in all this time. Rick Perry is so special he can knock 'em out two to the sentence!

  29. Callyson

    In case the Heritage Foundation is unaware, the United States has regained much of its standing in the world, which it lost during the numerous foreign policy blunders (to put it mildly) of the W administration, though not from Osama bin Laden, who Obama got and W didn't.
    You're welcome.

  30. Eve8Apples

    Thank God the Heritage Foundation is monitoring these important issues. What would the jobless, homeless, broke American people do without the meaningful work of these brave American patriots? This clearly shows why we need to reduce taxes for aristocratic millionaires and billionaires.

    1. Buckminster

      So this is the sort of non-issue the superior, white richie riches of the world spend their valuable time pondering! One always wondered.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Exactly so. It's better to say nothing at all, so that people think that the silence is due to some misfortune – perhaps the blogger has been consumed by rodents attracted by the Cheetos fragments around his chair, or perhaps he's severed his own head in a tragic chainsaw accident.

      But bring this pitiful whiff to the table and people will know you're due for a trip to the minor leagues.

  31. DahBoner

    United Kingdom?

    Isn't that the clothing company that makes striped shirts or something, that lined up a bunch of ugly freaks in the 90's to let us know that, uh…beauty can be diff'rent???

  32. James Michael Curley

    There were three Heritage Foundation bloggers stranded on a desert island. All they had was one can of soup and no way to open it.

    This is going to get ugly.

  33. chicken_thief

    Lou Sarah has called on the ghost of Paul Revere to alert the British of the Pretender-in-Chief's latest gaffe.

  34. Snarkfest

    Ok EVERYONE go register on the HF (no-not HorseFucking but the social equivalent) site and c&p your post from here – over to THERE.

    Hair on fire

  35. owhatever

    The King of England will never forgive us. Thanks to the Heritage Foundation…but is this all that you guys do? Like your proof of Weapons of Mass Destruction? Jeez. And you get paid by the rightwingnutz lunatics?

  36. An_Outhouse

    I could never figure out Great Briitain = England = United Kingdom so thanks, heritage dude, for clearing that up but I'm American and I really don't give a fuck.

  37. ttommyunger

    Nice to know the Right spends their money so wisely. Heritage Foundation, indeed! What a fucking joke.

  38. OneYieldRegular

    If this Heritage blogger is so exercised about Obama's near mishap, his poor head will certainly explode when he takes a look at Herman Cain's foreign policy map and finds Russia, France and the United Kingdom included in "The Americas."

  39. Terry

    In Barry's defense, there are still people in the British Isles who consider the government there to be an English one and that most of the rest of people of the islands to be conquered and occupied to varying degrees.

  40. Antispandex

    These are the same people who thought Dubya was a business scholar. It seems if you are a conservative you can do no error, and if you are not, you can do no right. Now, that might seem unfair to you, but I assure you it would not seems so if you were one of these self-appointed prophets of all things Jesus.

    1. Tundra Grifter


      Yes- Remember the "MBA President?" How'd that work out for ya?

      His self-funded leveraged hostile takeover of Iraq was a business school case study.

      In failure.

  41. glamourdammerung

    One would think conservatives would really not want to get into a contest about who has the candidate that says the most goofy stuff. But bless their hearts, they can not help themselves.

  42. smitallica

    I would literally bet the lives of my children that 9 out of 10 Republicans cannot tell you the difference between Great Britain, England, and the United Kingdom.

  43. tessiee

    "by math, this near-mistake basically cancels out anyone being able to care about the relentless series of brutal foreign policy gaffes committed daily by the dim cesspool of idiots in the GOP presidential field"

    Also, President Obama has made as many mistakes in his entire life as Idiot Boy Bush made in a typical day, therefore it's EXACTLY THE SAME!!

  44. Negropolis

    Out-Kingdom Libel! The Welsh and the Scots are going to be pissed, but what else is new. In parts of Northern Ireland? Not so much. Speaking of which, what do the people in Northern Ireland call themselves, anyway? Northern Irish? Northern Irelanders?

Comments are closed.