January 30, 2012
NYC Letter: Lost In The Great Big World -- Georgia
Day 1,103 of CHOPE
Georgia? Didn't they vote for McCain (52.2%, +5.21%)?
WASHINGTON January 30, 2012 (WaEx) - President Obama mistakenly referred to the nation of Georgia as "Russia" after a bilateral meeting with the Georgian president -- an unfortunate slip-up, given that the president was celebrating 20 years of Georgian independence from Soviet rule.
... Georgia was conquered in 1921 when the Soviet Red Army invaded the country. Three years ago, Russia invaded Georgia as part of a territorial dispute that has simmered since Georgia regained independence after the Communist empire collapsed in 1991.
Yes. We can see how confusing the two would spoil the overall effect.
"[O]ne of the first things that I did was express my appreciation for the institution-building that’s been taking place in Russia -- in Georgia," Obama told reporters following a meeting with Georgia's President Saakashvili. Moments earlier, Obama had noted that it was "a wonderful occasion to have him here as we’ll be celebrating this year 20 years of independence for Georgia and the eighth anniversary of the Rose Revolution."
The good news, President Saakashvili was granted a tuffet and didn't have to take Mr. Obama's call.
President Saakashvili was very pleased with the outcome of the meeting. "I’ll be leaving this office very happy because we basically got what we wanted to get," he said.
"President" Putin won't be happy about that.
CHOPE.Posted by Damian at January 30, 2012 11:45 PM